1973 Chevy Camaro Z/28 RS / Photos and All Details

Chevrolet introduced the Camaro model in the fall of 1966 as a 1967 model. This car was designed and built as a direct answer to the popular Ford Mustang that came out a few years earlier. The car featured in this article is a 1973 Chevy Camaro Z/28 RS.

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1973 Chevy Camaro Z/28 RS

The Chevrolet Camaro's / First and Second Generations

In a way, the first generation Camaro's should not have been the design success they were. This is primarily because they were rushed to market.

Interestingly enough, when the Camaro debuted, it essentially had the same specs as the Ford Mustang. Chevrolet answered the Mustang with virtually the same formula. This included the same chassis, wheelbase and powertrain. About as close as you could get.

Following is a comparison between the 69 Camaro and the 69 Mustang..Wheelbase- Camaro 108.1 inches...Mustang 108.0 inches. Overall length- Camaro 186.0 inches...Mustang 183.6 inches. Weight- Camaro about 2,900 lbs on average…Mustang 2,750 lbs on average. Engines- Camaro’s two highest performance engines were the 396 and the 427 cubic inch V-8′s…Mustang offered a variety of engines, the two largest being a 390 and a 428 Cobra Jet. The Ford Mustang that year also had a 429 cubic inch Boss 429 which was a rare engine.

The Chevy Camaro followed the long hood short deck Mustang formula but in a swoopier fashion.The first generation Camaro offered a wide range of engine choices and a long list of available options. One example was the 1967 396 cubic inch “big block” convertible.

73 camaro rsThe 1973 Chevy Camaro was a second generation Camaro. Second generations Camaro's starting in 1970 had an entirely new body design.There was much more time for design planning on the 1970 Camaro. The second generation models had their own dedicated chassis.

Our featured vehicle comes with three option packages. This includes the Rally Sport split bumper nose...the LT luxury touring package...and the Z/28 special performance package. An interesting observation is that the second generation Camaro was not rushed to market like the first generation model which needed to hit the showrooms fast to compete against the Ford Mustang.

The 1973 Chevrolet Camaro continued to drop in power and performance. This was the case with many automobiles during the 1970's primarily due to new emission control and safety standards. Impact absorbing front bumpers were added per the new safety regulations. Use of SAE net horsepower numbers also lowered published HP ratings.

The SuperSport (SS) trim was no longer offered but a new LT option was made available. The LT package however was focused on internal luxury rather than performance. What the LT package offered was a more luxurious, quieter interior, full instrumentation, Rallye styled wheels, “hidden” wipers, sport mirrors and variable-ratio steering plus some other upgrades.available upgrades.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Specifications

The engine on our featured model is a 350 cubic inch V-8. Horsepower rated at 245. The Z/28 was rated at 6.7 seconds on the Zero to 60. The quarter mile at 15.2 seconds. For 1973 the big block 396 cubic inch engine was no longer available.

Transmission is a four speed manual Muncie M 20. Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 was optional.

Brakes are cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist. Rear brakes are 9.5-inch drums.

Dimensions include an overall length of 188.5 inches, a width of 74.4 inches, a height of 49.1 inches and a wheelbase of 108.0 inches. Weight varies depending on options but average weight woukld be about 3275 lbs.

Total 1973 Chevy Camaro production was 96,750 units.

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second generation chevy camaroSecond Generation Chevrolet Camaro Collector Valuations

Chevy Camaro muscle cars were and still are very popular among collectors. Any time you speak of Pony Cars which began around the mid 1960's, you have to differentiate between those prior to federal emission and safety regulations and those produced after.

First generation Camaro's are the most coveted models mostly because of the historical aspect and of the horsepower available. In respect to the second generation models, horsepower continued to be trimmed down. The 245 horsepower offered with the 73 Camaro was 10 HP less than the 72 model.

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73 Camaro Z/28 RS dashboard

Production was higher for the 73 model primarily due to a worker's strike in Detroit that decimated 72 production. 1972 Chevy Camaro's are obviously more rare and may garner higher valuations.

Current valuations for the 1973 Chevrolet Camaro based on various pricing publications put the Z/28 in a range of about $15,000 TO $29,000 for very good to  great condition models. The 73 coupe models are about one-third less. As a comparison, the 1972 Chevy Camaro Z/28 is currently valued about ten percent higher than the 73's. Coupe models for both years are about the same.

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1955 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon Photos, History, Specs

The automobile featured in this article is the 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon. The Chevrolet Nomad was a Station Wagon model produced by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. Among car enthusiasts, the Nomad model is best remembered in its two-door 1955-57 styling and was considered a Halo vehicle during its three-year production as a two-door, six passenger station wagon. A "Halo Vehicle" is considered an automobile that shouldl bring attention to the brand name.

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1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

Part of the Tri-Five From Chevy

The very popular Tri-Five Chevys, produced from 1955-1957, probably represented Chevrolet's best success after World War Two. Tri-Five refers to the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet automobiles. The Tri-Five Chevys were availalble in several body styles  and were available with the first version of Chevrolet’s famous small-block V-8. The two-door Nomad wagon was considered a sporty automobile..not something usually associated with station wagons, and was thought by some to be as sporty as the convertible. Could be considered the "coolest" station wagon.

The Chevrolet Nomad was the concept of designer Carl Renner, working under Harley Earl. This was a station wagon considered a cross between a sports car and a station wagon. The Nomad was unlike any wagon seen before. The first Nomad concept car was essentially a combination of a Corvette front and a station-wagon rear. The Chevy Nomad was probably the best of the Tri-Five Chevys.

The 1954 Motorama

The 1954 Motorama along with the 1953 event is considered by many as being the venue where the American sports car was born. This was the period where Chevrolet introduced their fiberglass body Corvette to the public.

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The experimental Corvette Nomad made its debut along with the 1954 Corvette Hardtop and 1954 Corvette Corvair at the 1954 Motorama. The 1954 Chevrolet Nomad Sport Station Wagon was received so well at the 54 Motorama that Chevrolet's Harley Earl went ahead and ordered the Chevrolet Design Studio to apply the name and appearance to a 1955 Chevrolet Station Wagon. The name Nomad would become classic over the next 50 years as thousands would be restored by old car buffs that grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.

Since top GM brass felt they would sell more units if their design were attached to the popular Bel Air rather than the Corvette, their much talked about prototype was reportedly destroyed and the Bel Air Nomad we know today was born.

The Difference with the Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon

The two-door Nomad differed from other station wagons of the era by having unique styling looking more like a hardtop than a standard station wagon. Chevrolet shared this body with its sister Pontiac, which marketed their version of this style as the Pontiac Safari.

Chevy Nomad Production

There were 25,750 1955 Chevrolet Nomads produced. Even though the Nomad was considered to be a milestone vehicle, General Motors discontinued the original Nomad at the end of the 1957 model year due to relatively low sales and the introduction of an entirely new body for 1958.

The Nomad wagon returned in 1964 and 1965 as a two-door mid-sized Chevelle station wagon, and then again between 1968 and 1972 on the base station wagon model in the series. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the name returned yet again on a trim package for the full size Chevrolet Van.

1955 Chevrolet Nomad Specifications

The 1955 Chevrolet Nomad was introduced with a 265 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 engine, The engine delivered 162 HP. Also in 1955 was 235 inline six that put out 123 and 136 HP. In 1956 the engine had a dual four-barrel option and in ’57 with a fuel-injected version.

Transmissions choices range from manual three-on-the tree to a 2-speed Powerglide with Turboglide coming out in 1957.

Brakes were four-wheel power drum.

Suspension included independent front coil springs and rear live axle with leaf springs.

Wheelbase was 115.0 inches and curb weight averaged about 3,350 lbs.

chevy nomad 1955All of the bodies were made at the Chevrolet Cleveland plant and shipped to the Flint, Baltimore, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Janesville, Tarrytown, Atlanta, Kansas City, Oakland, Willow Run, and Norwood plants to be assembled.

All Tri-Five Chevrolet automobiles have the model number stamped on a stainless steel plate that is mounted on the firewall in the engine compartment. Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar.

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Based on current price guides, the 1955 Chevy Nomad Station Wagon is valued on the higher end at about $55,000 to $80,000. These are top condition, restored vehicles that are not daily drivers. These appear to be the highest valued vehicles from the iconic Tri-Five era.

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