January 15th through 19th, 2014!
Join these great Featured Consignments at the most unique auction experience ever created: Auction In The Round!
These Showcase Feature Consignments are just a sampling of the many great cars that will join over 750 others to be sold in Scottsdale this January! Check back weekly as these Feature Consignments will rotate and be updated with additional great cars. Prior to the Flagship Russo and Steele Auction, full listings of all the consignments will be posted and also available on our Digital Auction Catalog.
The debut 1967 Camaro shared some mechanicals with the 1968 Chevy II Nova. Almost 80 factory and 40 dealer options, including three main packages, were available. In 1967, a Camaro RS/SS convertible with a 396 engine paced the Indianapolis 500.
Only 602 Z/28s were sold in 1967, along with approximately 100 Indianapolis Pace Car replicas. The 1967 and 1968 Z/28s did not have the cowl induction hood, optional on the 1969 Z/28s. The 1967 Z28 received air from an open element air cleaner or from an optional cowl plenum duct attached to the side of the air cleaner that ran to the firewall and got air from the cowl vents. 15-inch rally wheels, were included with Z/28s had while all other 1967-9 Camaros had 14-inch wheels.
This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was a styling exercise for GM design chief Bill Mitchell as this Cherokee was pulled off the Norwood, Ohio assembly line and sent to Mitchell's famed GM Design Center where subtle exterior modifications transformed the car into a fashion icon. A ducktail spoiler was integrated into the rear end while Corvette-style split bumpers were fitted to the front and back. The sheet metal modifications were finished in the car's original Aztec Gold Metallic which served as a base for a gorgeous Candy Apple Metalflake Red trimmed with Gold pin-striping.
Distinguishing itself from counterparts, the Cherokee's most distinct characteristic was - and still is - a hand-crafted fiberglass hood scoop, the upper element of which is formed from Plexiglas to reveal eight polished ram tubes that feed a set of four 48mm Weber downdraft cars atop an aluminum Moon Can-Am intake.
The noteworthy Mark IV big block is an "unstamped" pre-production L78 unit rated at 375 horsepower -the official factory figure before the addition of the Weber/Moon induction system. The original red interior has been replaced with a custom black one that still adorns the car today; the original custom console and a tilting Corvette steering wheel also complement the interior.
Additional technical specifications include:
* Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission
* 12-bolt Positraction rear end
* J52 front power disc brakes
* Koni front and AC Delco rear air shocks
* Power steering
* Custom fiberglass hood
* Hood-mounted tachometer
* Driving lights
Featured as a "Camaro for the street" in a 1967 issue of Hot Rod magazine, the Cherokee served Pace Car duties at Road America Can-Am under the helm of Sir Stirling Moss. The car caught the eye of Mitchell's friend Augie Pabst, who owned the car for several years before trading it to Vilter Chevrolet-Buick in Oconomowoc, Wisc. The Cherokee then transferred hands to Dan Frank of the Custom Top Show until 1987 and was later sold to Brooksfield's Edward Maurer, where it drew the attention of collector and current owner.
This is a historic Camaro that has been well preserved and properly documented. It has a list of prominent owners and is offered as a true factory Hot-Rod.