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 History Of The Chevrolet Camaro

1980 - Things Start Looking Up 

Originally on: http://cars.dozer.com/features/camaro_history/camaro_history.html

By tigeraid

Things are Looking Up

The market was beginning to rejuvenate, and Chevrolet was riding on record sales for the Camaro. The 1980 model was largely unchanged in terms of styling, but several new features made it very appealing. Most importantly, horsepower jumped to 190 on the 350 small block, 49-state smog legal. A new rear-facing cowl induction hood and front fender engine-bay vents, both fully functional were added. The cowl induction hood was electric solenoid-operated. Performance was still paltry by today's standards, but this is was a major contender for its time.

1980 Z28s also received a new 3-color stripe package to replace the 2-color one used in 1979. Shorter springs were also added, lowering the car and improving handling.

Huggers at Daytona

Bill Mitchell built 90 "Hugger" Camaro's for the 24 Hours at Daytona. Car #28 was his race car and the rest were sold as street cars at 48 dealers across Florida. Mitchell began with 1980 Z28s, and painted most with the red/orange color. Special stripes read "Hugger Bill Mitchell Special Developments". The cars featured 14" Minilite wheels, Dunlop tires, Koni shocks, hood pins, windshield clips at the top of the windshield, and an IROC-style front spoiler with fog lamps. Some Hugger Camaro's built for the street had T-tops, posi, leather wrapped steering wheel, and 180mph speedometer. The Hugger packaged added $3000 to the price of a Z28.
Bill Mitchell's own #28 Hugger Camaro was repaired after engine damage in the 1980 24 Hour race... its current whereabouts are unknown.


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