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What Is the Difference Between a Z28 Camaro and an SS Camaro?

by Cynthia Clark

The 1967 Camaro was Chevrolet's answer to the pony car (small body) market and initially was equipped with a standard six-cylinder engine. Larger engine options bumped the Camaro into the muscle car league. Performance and accessory upgrades were available in specially named factory option packages.

Sport Packages

The Super Sport (SS) option had been offered on some Chevrolet vehicles prior to 1967. When the Camaro was introduced, the Super Sport package was included, along with the Rally Sport (RS) and the Z28 options. The RS and SS package were dropped by 1973, with the SS returning in 1996. The Z28 was dropped in 1975 for two years, and dropped again in 1989 for two more years.

Name Source

The name Z28 is nothing more than a production code used by Chevrolet to note add-on options. According to records maintained by OldRide, the code listed as Z28 notes the Special Performance Package.

Z28 vs. SS

Package and engine options would vary in each model year they were offered. The Z28 was a more expensive package than the SS. In 1969, the cost to add the Z28 option was less than $200 more than the SS, but the difference was noticed in the appearance and street performance. OldRide notes that this model year's Z28 package included twin rally stripes, quicker steering, the F41 handling suspension, E70x15 raised-letter tires on 7-inch wide rims and the cowl-induction hood.

About the Author

Cynthia Clark began writing professionally in 2004. Her work experience includes all areas of small-business development, real-estate investments, home remodeling and Web development. Clark is skilled in a number of design disciplines from digital graphics to interior design. Her diverse background and commonsense problem-solving skills allow her to tackle a variety of topics as an online writer.

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