The newest automotive sweepstakes from the Dream Giveaway has been announced and for 2017, buying a $3 ticket could net you a fully restored and customized 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS, a Lingenfelter-modified 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and $35,000 in cash.
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Men are passionate about their stuff, and American muscle cars are no exception. It is said that a man's car is an extension of his personality. It's a representation of his psyche - his id, if you may - that he sends into the outside world against the ongoing traffic flow. In extreme cases, some men become their cars and imbibe the qualities that their cars represent. Let us take a look at several reasons why men simply cannot resist the charms of a muscle car.
First, let us define what American muscle cars are. Muscle cars are vehicles specifically designed for fast driving. You could usually catch them in drag races or other fast car events. They are built with engines tweaked to provide superior driving maneuvers when you need them most. They can accelerate to speeds over 100 kilometers per hour (kph) in about five seconds, some in even less than that.
As mentioned earlier, men view their cars as an extension of their personality. A muscle car exudes strength, masculinity and speed through its unique features. Its bulky body is made of durable material and houses an engine that can provide unbelievable speeds. Specifically designed for extreme power and velocity, muscle cars appeal to men with a flair for machismo. It attracts every man's hidden alpha male and provides him with a confidence boosted by owning at least one of these modern day classics.
The speed of these muscle cars is their main attraction. Robert Downs, a popular man fiction author, writes that muscle cars allow men to dream about a limitless world with no speed limits. A 600-horsepower V10 engine is the perfect embodiment of that dream. Men need an outlet for that recklessness they have within, and driving a muscle car is exactly the refuge they seek.
American muscle cars also appeal to man's natural tinkering nature. Owning a muscle car requires a certain know-how of car mechanics and fundamentals, as it requires a bit of customization to make the muscle car truly your own. No man can resist the thrill of getting his hands slick with grease after working on his very own muscle car. Since these works of art operate on manual transmission, those who live on paddle shifting a car with automatic transmission cannot survive driving one.
Another reason why men love American muscle cars is because they attract women. Let's be honest, a man cruising around town in a Camaro would definitely turn more female heads than one driving a Hybrid. Muscle cars and the aura they project appeal to a woman's sense of danger. Riding in a muscle car at top speed gives them a certain thrill that normal cars could only dream of. Call me sexist, but women love that stuff. Sort of the reason why they date jerks, if you ask me.
One last reason why men are so hooked with American muscle cars is the price. Contrary to the usual thrifty nature of men, splurging on a car that screams 'status symbol' is a temptation they cannot resist. The satisfaction with having a Mustang or a Cobra in your garage is more than enough compensation for the fortune they spent in acquiring one. Prices on these babies can go as high as $3,000,000.00, which is the price of the most expensive Dodge Viper VM-02 sold last year.
Men may have different reasons for owning American muscle cars. Be it for its speed, symbolism, or its appeal to women, it does not really matter. They, however, share one thing in common - having the bragging rights to owning one of America's finest contributions to the world of motoring.
The same features that kept Camaro a top choice since ‘67 integrated into the G4 and the new F-body platform for 1993. The two-door Camaro retained 2+2 seating, and the coupe had an optional removable “T” roof, with an “F” body convertible version released in 1994. The entry-level power was a 3.4-liter V6 for ’93 to ’95. The Z28 base engine was the 350 MPFI (LT1) small-block, identical to the one under the hood of the Corvette in 1992. All-speed traction control was an option, but anti-lock brakes were standard equipment. A new style six-speed T-56 manual transmission was basic equipment, but the Z28 came with the 4L60E four-speed automatic and was an option for all V6 units. The V6 could couple with a five-speed standard transmission, if the four-speed automatic wasn’t specified.
For ’96 and ’97 , there was a small quantity of the Camaro SS, powered by a LT4 small-block borrowed from the Corvette, which delivered 330hp (242 kW). Although the basic power for the SS is an LT1 V8 putting out 305hp (224 kW). In ’97, the interior got a facelift and in ’98, reworked exterior sheet metal, but the big news for Camaro in ’98 was the introduction of an all-aluminum V8, the 5.1-liter LS1, first used on the C5 Vette. The LS1 rated at 325hp (239 kW) and was the first of its kind since the all-aluminum LZ-1 in 1969.
From 1998 through 2002, the wheels and tires grew, the exhaust system got an upgrade, plus the intake system was fine-tuned. The new suspension offered superior handling and delivered a better ride for occupants at the same time. The downforce increased with an arc-shaped rear spoiler added to improve the handling characteristics for the Z28 models.
Camaro, in 2002, reached its 35th year of production, and there was an anniversary edition released to mark the milestone. The production of the “F” body Camaro ceased in 2002. Waning desire from consumers for a sport coupe and the production plants working at over capacity, coupled with very stiff competition from the Mustang were the main reasons the Camaro remained on the shelves for a few years. The Camaro wouldn't be forgotten, though, and after an eight-year hiatus, an all-new Camaro was back in the 2010 model year.
The Z28 moniker originates from the Chevrolet Regular Production Order (RPO) codes and the RPO Z28 is a designated special performance package. The ’68 models have few sheet metal revisions although they have a very different look. The newly introduced Astro ventilation system is fresh air inlets dash mounted which renders the side venting as obsolete so these are forever deleted starting in the ’68 model year. The ’68 models now have side marker lights to conform to newly introduced regulations as well as the front running lights are changed from round to oval but the Rally Sport (RS) option retains the round version. The grill has a more pointed look and the tail lights are shorter and separated from each other. If you chose the SS option with a large engine for ’68 it would be equipped with the new chromed hood inserts simulating velocity stacks. Any high performance Camaro will come with multi-leaf rear springs while lesser models retain the single leaf spring as well on the big block options the rear shocks are staggered to minimize wheel hop from a standing start rapid acceleration. In ’68 Chevy advertises the new 396 cu in (261 kW) engine for the SS and the Z28 packages. Many dealers such as Dana, Yenko, and Baldwin-Motion have a dealer order only optional 427 engine, not available as a RPO from the factory, to replace the 396 if you want to step your new Camaro up a few notches.
If you had optioned a new 1969 Camaro the car would retain the same under pinning as last year but, other than the hood and trunk, the sheet metal has taken a complete change and now look sportier. The Camaro has attitude this year with the headlights inset more, the grill angled obliquely, upgraded door skins, revised rear quarter panels, altered rear valance, the car is wider, longer, and lower looking. For collectors and other enthusiasts a common topic of discussion is the smooth and rounded 67/68 models and how they contrast the more sharply angled, sporty '69 versions. The combined RS/SS packages the exterior would have headlight covers- three vacuum pressure operated semi-transparent louvers and also have a headlight washing system.
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This uptown combination package comes with a blacked out grill, black rocker panels, fender stripes, accented air vents, with the same treatment for the tail lights while the backup lights in ’69 are now below the bumper. The package is easily identified by RS logo’s on the front fenders, on the grill, with the steering wheel sporting the RS symbol as well. On any ’69 Camaro including all option packs the car can have front disc brakes but only if ordered although the rear is a drum braking system. The automobile is sitting on wheels 108 inches apart and features the recirculating ball steering system on all units. There were 235,147 Camaro models roll off the assembly line in 1968-most are the RS with 40,977 units, the SS version 27,884 units, a better advertising for the Z28 brought the sales figure up to 7,199.There are no figures available for the production of the RS/SS combined package or the RS/Z28 units. For the 1969 model year this sales of all Camaro models climbs a bit to 243,085 with RS sales dropping to 37,773 units, while the SS choice climbs by 20% or so to 34,932 with the Z28 taking the biggest jump to 20,302 units-almost triple the ’68 figures.