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Old 12-29-2009, 11:47 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by Rogue Leader View Post

* ps the Z28 DID have stripes, and chrome and shiny rally wheels. What you describe is more of a COPO car that the Z28 never was, it was a homologation special but still had some things to make it a daily car and indicate its racing connection.
Have you seen pictures of Jeff Smith's "original" barn-find-type '67 Z28 recently featured in Car Craft Magazine? NO stripes... In fact, he owned it for many years before realizing exactly what it was (converted to A/T, with hydraulic lifters by a previous female owner)...and Jeff is no dummy when it comes to Chevys...he is, in fact, a John Lingenfelter "protoge' ".

Stripe-delete was a common request "back in the day". Z/28s, SSs..."Have it your way" existed, then...

Rally wheels were part of the Package...15", unlike the 350/396 SS's 14's.

AGAIN, GM MUST do something to properly create sustained V6 Market Demand. The original business case prescribed it (60% V6/40% V8), and its Supplier Commitments predicate it. THAT is why SSs have been more difficult to get since August and, from time to time, will be again, but this tactic does NOTHING to ENCOURAGE V6 Demand... Without it, the Camaro "run" may be shortened...AGAIN...while Mustang prospers...


You are missing the point of 1LE. It was a car a guy could buy, cage, and go showroom stock racing with.

Go and search R7U...it CAME with a cage...

1LEs were far from the "ultimate" F-car...it took us a Wheel2Wheel "trick" suspension set-up to get our "Firehawk Lite", built-from-a-body-in-white, to finish Second Overall at the '98 One Lap of America, tied for THE Best Finish by ANY PonyCar of ANY Manufacturer in the entire history extant of OLOA. THAT car was an outgrowth of the '95 1LE Formula we secured (one of two ever built). We've owned and raced 'em, so we DO have "some idea" of what we speak/preach...

We successfully competed in the GM/Player's Challenge, '86-'88, with 6th Overall in the inaugural season (competing in only 7 of 8 races...) to back up our "been there/done that" status...

Regardless of which Barber College we learned Hair Splitting at, the pending "real" Z28 will address the perceived Demand for a "halo" top-drawer Camaro...but a gap exists for an inexpensive, agile, fun-to-drive Camaro, be it a 1LE or otherwise designated, that is ecologically sensitive, insurance-friendly...and Mustang-dominating... Don't be surprized if THIS version sets sales records...the "right" version at the "right" time...

IMVHO...
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