Ermine White w/Bright Blue interior, 396/325hp, 4-spd.manual transmission.
When Ford introduced the Mustang in ’64, it started a revolution. Or maybe a war would be a better description . . . a Pony Car war! And Ford was winning it. At least for the time being. It took Chevrolet and Chrysler a couple years to catch up with their Camaro and Barracuda respectively. But when they did, the spoils went to an excited buying public anxious to get their hands on the new “compact” muscle cars that would become legends!
The Camaro was introduced in ’66 as a ’67 model and it made quite an impression on everyone who saw . . . and especially drove one! It was an instant hit! So much so, that the powers that be over at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway decided that the new Camaro would be just the right car to pace the 51st running of the 500-mile race that year! It was actually the first time in 12 years that a Chevrolet paced the Indy 500 and the Camaro would be the perfect choice to lead the field around the famed “Brickyard”.
Chevrolet built 4 specially prepared Camaro Convertibles for the race. All were optioned as RS/SS 396 models and fitted with the most powerful production engine available . . the L78, which produced 375hp in factory trim. However, the Pace Car equipped L78’s received a few extra “tweaks” boosting them up to an undisclosed hp. Giving the cars all the power they needed to lead the Indy Cars around the track at speed! These big block engines were mated to 3-spd. Turbo 400 automatic transmissions.
In addition to the 4 actual Pace Cars, approximately 100 “Festival” cars were built as replicas for use around the track during the race weekend. They looked just like the actual Pace Cars. All were painted Ermine White with a Marina Blue stripe surrounding the front end and all had Bright Blue interiors. And they all had door decals (shipped in the trunk) that said “Offical Pace Car”. However, drivetrain options varied. After the race, they were distributed to Chevrolet dealers around the country and sold as used cars.
So, the notion of “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday” was alive and well in ’67! And in anticipation of the Indy 500, enthusiasm was high and so were Camaro sales! However, as there were less than 100 Pace Car replica’s built in ’67, These are some of the rarest ever created. Especially when you consider that over 220k Camaro’s were built that year!
The outstanding example presented here has benefitted from a complete, nut and bolt, rotisserie restoration to and extremely high standard! It’s equipped with all of the Pace Car options, including;
Ermine White exterior.
White Convertible soft top.
Bright Blue Deluxe interior.
L35 SS 396/325hp big block engine.
Z22 Rally Sport Pkg.
Front disc brakes.
Rally wheels w/Red line tires.
Deluxe seat belts.
Front and rear bumper guards.
Additional options include power steering.
Now, we know that all ’67 Pace Cars are rare. But, some are much more so than others. Like this one for example. Sold new at Joseph Chevrolet in Cincinati, OH., it’s believed to be 1 of only 4, 396 4-spd. P.C.’s ever built! It’s equipped with it’s matching #’s drivetrain and it comes with a binder full of information on the car, including the Owner’s Kit with the Protect-O-Plate and even the car’s lot pass from the Indy 500! And to top it off! The glove box is signed by the ’67 race winner; A.J. Foyt!
We don’t think you’ll find a nicer or rarer ’67 Pace Car anywhere! It’s ready to join the most discriminating buyer’s collection!