77 Camaro For Sale

Published: 09th August 2010
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The Camaro is one of the most popular and identifiable sports cars all over the globe. The first generation, which Chevrolet launched in 1966, includes some of the most relevant muscle cars ever manufactured. However, times were changing, and in 1970, Chevrolet heralded the Camaro's second generation with a Jaguar-inspired body style that was longer, lower, and wider, and would eventually become the iconic Camaro shape. The Camaro would remain true to this style throughout that entire generation, which ended with the 1981 Camaro, 11 model years later.

With the introduction of the 1975 Camaro, Chevrolet shocked consumers and critics alike with the announcement that they were discontinuing the Z28 performance option. This would have been understandable if the Z28 was a failing package, but that wasn't the case. The Z28 was one of the success stories of the muscle car era aftermath. The year previous, sales had increased roughly 13,000 units, which was a lot for a specialty package, and the Z28's primary competition, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, was more popular than it had ever been.

The Z28 didn't stay gone long. Chevrolet had failed to recognize the Trans Am's success when they chose to cancel the Z28, but they couldn't ignore the success for long. In 1976, Pontiac sold in excess of 45,000 Trans Ams, and Chevrolet knew that they had contributed a great deal to that success. Chevrolet's design team scrambled to return the Z28 to the lineup for the 1977 model year, but they came up a little short. Chevrolet launched the 1977 Camaro for sale without it, but it was ready to rock and roll by mid-year, so Chevrolet released it as mid-model-year variant sometimes referred to as the 1977 ½.

As one might imagine, the all-new Z28 1977 Camaro sor sale was an instant hit. The mid-year release actually worked in Chevrolet's favor. There was a great deal of excitement, and it didn't have to compete for attention. Under the hood of this new 1977 Camaro for sale was a 350-cubic-inch V8 with a four-barrel carburetor that put forth 185 horsepower at 4000 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 2400 rpm. Due to the emissions restrictions in California, California 350s produced only 175 horsepower.

The standard Z28 came with an automatic transmission. However, Chevrolet sold a minimalist, performance package that included a 4-speed manual transmission, the Borg-Warner Super T-10, and offered air-conditioning, which was included on the standard Z28, as an option. Chevrolet did not sell these in California due to the emission requirements.

The three engines available on the non-Z28 1977 Camaro for sale were the 250, 305, and 350. The L-22 250 L-6 outputted 110 horsepower at 3800 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque at 1600 rpm. The LG-3 305 V8 produced 145 horsepower at 3800 rpm and 245 pound-feet of torque at 2400 rpm. The largest non-Z28 engine option was the LM-1 350 V8 that generated 170 horsepower at 3800 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 2400 rpm.

Stripped Z28s could outperform Corvettes and Pontiac Trans Ams in almost any situation, and this was very attractive to a market that was craving performance. Here was a car that could turn in a quarter-mile time comparable to the muscle cars of the 1960s. The 1977 Camaro for sale was something to get excited about, and the buying public did. For the first time ever, the Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang.

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