The Z28 returned in 1977, upping
sales another 35,000 units in the year. It was now offered as its own model with
the all new 350 small block. It made a paltry 185 hp, but it was an improvement
over the previous smogger engines. The small block was mated to an all-new
Borg-Warner 4 speed standard, making it at least fun to drive. Chevy made up for
the emissions-choked lack of power with great handling. The '77 had larger
(1.125") front and smaller (.625) rear sway bars than the previous Z28s.
Thankfully, the RS was now offered in a variety of two-tone paint schemes, not
just the single matte black and body color.
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Bill Mitchell also produced modified Camaro's for 1977. An alleged six Bill
Mitchell Turbo Camaro's were built for that year, derived from the Type LT
model. They featured a custom-designed front air dam, new driving lights,
Minilite alloy wheels, Koni shocks, special Racemark bucket seats and steering
wheel, a tuned chassis, sunroof, and special striping. The power was derived
from a new dual exhaust system, a turbocharger pumping 7psi of boost, a
water/alcohol injection system, transmission oil cooler, and ported and polished
cylinder heads. A power radio antenna and CB radio were also included, thanks to
the Smokey and the Bandit craze.