1967 Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car
The 1967 Indy 500 Pace Car - Camaro's Most Wanted Pacesetter.
It was the first time since 1955 that Chevrolet would be involved with the Indianapolis 500 Race.
1967 was also the first year of the Camaro. What better introduction could you ask for?!
Its first year and the Camaro was being given the distinctive honor of pacing the 51st Indy race.
A 1967 white and blue RS/SS convertible started the running of the “500” on May 30th; --
and it also started an undying love affair with the Camaro.
Picked by the pros for its smooth handling and front-running sporty looks,
the actual Official Pace Car was specially equipped with a bright blue custom interior, matching boot, rallye wheels,
D70 x 14” nylon cord red-line tires, blue nose stripe, an L35 396 V8 and an M40 Turbo-Hydramatic transmission.
As excerpted from The Official Chevrolet Indy Pace Car Book, by D.M. Crispino and John R. Hooper:
1967 Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car - RS/SS 396 Convertible
78K Original Miles. - Very Original Car.
All Original except paint, top, and front/inside door panels.
Additionally all the regular maintenance items have been replaced.
Only correctly dated original-restored, & NOS items were used.
(cap, wires, hoses, brake pads, fluids, ect)
RUNS AND DRIVES LIKE A BRAND NEW 1967 CAMARO.
Every bolt, every #'s Matching Camaro.
This car is one of 98 produced for 1967.
Only 31 were equipped with the 396 C.I. Engine
Unlike later models, you couldn’t order a 1967 Pace Car replica; they were not mass produced.
After the race, the pace cars were sold as used.
This car is even MORE rare…
It’s one of eleven 1967 Central Office Production Order (COPO) Pace Cars made for Canadian Zone GM Executives.
GM of Canada has ELEVEN special vehicles recorded by COPO order #80055, which is the “GM of Canada Show Car Account.”
All eleven of these cars were stamped with the 06 build date. Part of this special package included the unique "01" paint code.
Why were these cars made?
Well, after the 1967 Indy 500, Chevrolet presented race winner A.J. Foyt with his very own Pace Car.
However, A.J. wasn’t happy – he refused to drive a car without air conditioning!
So, Chevrolet went back into production to make a new Pacer just for him.
While GM assembled A.J.’s SS-350 Pace Car with the RPO air option,
eleven more SS-396 cars were produced for the GM of Canada Show Car Account.
All eleven of these cars (INCLUDING THIS ONE!) were identically equipped.
The RPO equipment list reads:
A39 Deluxe Seat Belts
B37 Color-keyed Floor Mats, Front and Rear
B93 Door Edge Guards
C06 Power Convertible Top
D55 Front Compartment Floor Console
D91 Front End Paint Stripe
F41 Suspension: Firm Ride and Handling
G80 Rear Axle Positraction
J50 Vacuum Power Brakes
J52 Disc Brakes - Front
L35 Super Sport Package with 396 Turbo-Jet 325 hp-V8
M40 3-Speed Automatic -Turbo Hydramatic Transmission (THM 400)
N10 Dual Exhaust Equipment
N34 Simulated Wood Steering Wheel
N40 Hydraulic Power Steering
N44 Special Steering, Quick Response
PW6 D70-14 Tires Red Stripe
U17 Cluster Instrumentation (Oil, Amp, Clock, Gas, Tach)
U25 Luggage Compartment Lamp
U26 Underhood Lamp
U27 Glove Compartment Lamp
U28 Ashtray Lamp
U29 Courtesy Lights
U63 Push-button Radio
V31 Front Bumper Guards
V32 Rear Bumper Guards
V48 Engine Coolant - Increased Protection
Z22 Rally Sport Package
Z23 Interior Decor Package
Z87 Deluxe Interior
Strange as it may seem, A/C was not offered on Camaro Big Block cars in 1967.
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It is believed that the 11 Canadian Pace cars saw official track duty at the 1967 Canadian Gran Prix.
1967 396-325hp Pace Car, & Hottie.
(That's Mrs. Hottie to you.)
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