327CI, 4 SPEED, RUNS GREAT, Z/28 BADGES, AFFORDABLE 2ND GEN CAMARO
327 cubic inches, four gears in the transmission, and bright red paint make this 1970 Camaro a highly appealing and surprisingly affordable hobby car. Second-gen Camaro prices are on the march, so if you've been looking, this might be the time to make your move.
Forget the talk of mullets and jacked-up rear suspensions, this Z/28 tribute has graduated to the big league now that collectors have realized that these cars not only look great, but drive superbly compared to their older siblings. The sleek sheetmetal was certainly dramatic in 1970 and today it still gets its share of admiring glances from folks walking down the street and next to you at red lights. Much of that is surely due to the vivid Cranberry Red paint job, which is correct for this car but surely bolder than the factory offerings that year, and shines with the benefit of 40 years of paint technology. Black SS stripes and a trick cowl-induction hood add the necessary dose of aggression, along with the factory 3-piece rear spoiler. A full-width chrome bumper up front is original equipment and matches the rear bumper, and they both shine with a fresh polish. Stand back and take a look at this car in profile and you'll see why they're getting popular: it's just clean and sleek.
The black interior is almost completely stock and has been recently restored with a lot of new equipment. Obviously the seat covers and other soft parts were replaced so you'll find it easy to spend some time in there, and while they're showing a bit of age, the carpets remain quite presentable. The cool steering wheel is original equipment and the string-wrapped rim (simulated, of course) is grippy and sort of vintage-looking. A late-70s Z/28 donated its instruments, which fit right into the 1970's dashboard, and a trio of auxiliary gauges was mounted under the radio (an AM/FM/cassette unit) in the middle of the dash. Pop the deck lid and you'll also find that the trunk area is fully upholstered in black carpet with no nasty surprises hiding underneath.
The snarky 327 cubic inch V8 under the hood provides plenty of entertainment out on the road, thanks to a wide torque curve and great manners. An Edelbrock carb and intake provide the air/fuel mixture, inhaling through a chrome open-element air cleaner and nestled between matching Moroso valve covers. It appears that the engine block itself may have been painted bright red to match the bodywork, but otherwise the engine compartment sticks to the factory recipe. Lots of new service equipment, including belts and hoses, mean that it's ready to rock the moment you get it home and you'll never get tired of the bark from the dual exhaust system's twin chrome tips. A 4-speed manual gearbox amps up the fun quotient in a big way, and with a rugged 10-bolt out back, you don't have to worry about mashing some gears. The undercarriage isn't detailed for show, but you'll find it impressive nonetheless, as it certainly doesn't look like most 43-year-old cars we've seen-nice! And classic Rallys always make the right statement on an early F-body, with these wearing fat 235/60/15 front and 245/60/15 rear blackwall radials.
Fast and inexpensive fun, this Camaro definitely delivers on the promises made by the brilliant red paint job. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Exterior Color
- Cranberry Red
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