Styling of the 1967 Camaro was evolutionary, in fact, the 1967 model year would have been unimpressive had it not been for the Camaro's introduction. The "pony-car" idea of a long hood, short deck, four-place bucket-seat interior and dozens of options-was a winner. Although Camaro wasn't as inspired a name as "Mustang", it didn't do any harm, and Chevrolet sold 220,906 Camaro's in 1967.
The Camaro was 184.6 inches long and stretched 72.5 inches in width, which was the widest of the three major ponycars. The Camaro had the widest track, which contributed to its handling abilities, the weight slotted between the lighter Mustang and the heavier Barracuda. Engine choices began with the 230-cubic inch six-cylinder, and went up the ladder to the 250-inch six-cylinder, 327 cubic inch V-8 with either two- or four-barrel carburetor, and the 350-cubic inch, four barrel V-8, which was a Camaro exclusive.
The Rally Sport option was only an appearance change and did not change performance. It included bold striping, hide-away headlamps, lower body moldings, a special grille with the RS emblem on it, the gas cap and fenders; valance mounted parking lamps, wheel and drip-rail moldings, black painted tail lamp bezels and special rear back-up lamps. The option was only $105.35 and over 64,000 buyers chose the RS option.
In 1967 Chevrolet Camaro did not offer many upgrade options on the interior. You could order special seat upholstery, wood grain trim surrounding the instrument panel and a grab handle on the passenger side dash. For $15.00 more you could have an electric clock mounted on the transmission hump.
The Z28 models started to get more noticed, due to better advertising, in 1968. Z28 models in 1968 added an optional rear spoiler, 302 emblems on the front fenders, multi-leaf rear springs, and the crankshaft was upgraded with larger main-bearing journal sizes.
By 1969, Chevrolet knew they had a winner with the Camaro. Numerous models were available including the Z/28, SS and Z22 Rally Sport. Engine options, color schemes, decals and interior details made this unique car special even though the body style only ran one year. While both Mustang and Barracuda declined sharply in sales between 1967 and 1969, the Camaro actually gained a little each year. By 1969 Chevy was trailing Ford 243,000 by 300,000 in the ponycar sweepstakes; so we can fairly conclude that the Camaro was the car Chevrolet had needed.