1967 Camaro Z/28 RS – Ron Casadei has worked for more than 30 years as a beer brewer for Anheuser-Busch located in Newark, New Jersey. So it’s not surprising that Ron’s 1967 Camaro has a Bolero Red paint with white stripes. This Camaro is 1 out of 602 Camaro Z/28 that was built in 1967. Ron recently had it restored and the efforts paid off when it out shined every other muscle car in the Musclepalooza XXIV and won the Favorite Chevrolet award.
This isn’t the first time Ron has handled a Camaro. Through the years, he has previously owned several other Camaros including 2 first-year Z/28 models. Ron’s latest ride was bought during a divorce sale circa 2009. It was left besides some garbage cans inside a storage facility but Ron was a bit hesitant to buy the car. “The owner had started the restoration, so the quarter panels were done but the rest of the car was in pieces,” Ron said.
Ron did some digging and it was proven that this is indeed an authentic Camaro Z/28, but the original engine was missing. To restore the car, Rod had to find a period-correct 302 cid engine to bring it back to life. The good thing is that it still has its original Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed transmission and Positraction rear that has 3.73:1 gear. Because a handful of parts are missing, this project is not for everyone as a lot of work was needed to fully restore it to its original condition but Ron did not back out and saw the value of a rare first year Camaro Z/28 with Rally Sport package.
As shown on the reproduction window sticker, this Camaro was built as a high-option Z/28 that came with disc brakes, The Z28 “Special Engine & Equipment Package”, deluxe interior package, tinted glass, rear window defroster, tilting wood grain steering wheel, console-mounted instrument cluster, center console, Rally Sport package, M21 Transmission, interior style trim group, vacuum assist power brakes, pushbutton radio, 3.73:1 Positraction rear axle, and courtesy lamps. The early Camaro Z28s were not openly sold to the general public and were mostly sold to people who wanted a race ready car. It’s not surprising that the Z28 was a popular choice for road racers back in the day and it’s most likely that this one was used by one as well.
To restore the Camaro, Ron asked Albert Galdi from Central Jersey Musclecar to do the job and the build took more than 3 years to complete. The long wait was worth it when the Camaro came out and Ron said it is “the nicest car I’ve ever owned.”
The only downside is that Ron lives in Edison, New Jersey, which the muscle car community there is barely alive. Ron has to drive a bit to shows whenever he has the time. Thankfully, Ron was able to attend the Musclepalooza XXIV and shared to us his awesome Camaro Z28 and Ron is certainly happy as well because he went home with two trophies and will be added to his growing trophy case.