1974 Chevy Camaro Z28 Goes Toe With 1964 Studebaker: Video
The Chevy Camaro Z28’s nameplate roots date back to the glory days of the American muscle car era, delivering performance to street standards and race-ready right out of the box. Now we’re hitting the drag track with this example from 1974, taking the fight to a 1964 Studebaker Commander.
These two classics race side by side at the Mid Michigan Motorplex in Montcalm County, Michigan in the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race series. The series allows limited modifications, but stipulates a factory appearance to keep the nostalgia alive. The video comes from Cars and zebras YouTube channel, and as usual, it not only includes great racing action, but also layout and specs for both vehicles.
Let’s start with the 1974 Chevy Camaro Z28, which comes in white paint with a red interior. Under the hood, this Camaro uses a 350 cubic inch V8 developing 245 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a four-speed manual transmission. At the rear, there are 3.73 gears, while the vehicle’s weight is estimated at 3,906 pounds with the driver.
Challenging the Chevy Camaro Z28 is a 1964 Studebaker Commander, the model year the Commander nameplate launched after it was discontinued at the end of the 1958 model year. Under the hood, the Stude is powered by a 289-inch V8 engine cubic horsepower of 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, although, as the video shows, the actual rating is probably around 305 pound-feet. The output is routed through a four-speed, 4.56 reverse-speed manual transmission, while the vehicle’s weight is estimated at 3,584 pounds.
All in all, these two machines are actually a pretty good match, as evidenced by the video, where a three-lap drag battle all boils down to the final race. Find out which model comes out on top by clicking play on the video below:
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