This week, we're taking a look at a Muscle Car that proves one didn't need the biggest engine to be a bad machine!    The 1969 Camaro Z/28 boasted a high-revving 302 cube V8 - a size dictated by the SCCA for Trans Am racing legality.    But don't let the relatively small displacement fool you - the Z/28 302 was conservatively rated at 290 HP - although many claim it made closer to 350 HP at a higher RPM than the original rating.    This Dusk Blue example retains all the cool parts that made up the Z/28 package.   From the Brothers Collection.

The Corvette changed for 1968, evolving into the 3rd generation for the American sports car. The sleek new styling looks like full speed standing still, a trait shared by most Corvettes. This week's Muscle Car Of The Week could be considered the top-gun of all '68 Corvettes, as it carries a 500+ HP 427 under the hood, an optioned named the "L88". L88 cars featured not only a distinctive hood, but a whole list of performance enhancements... the F41 performance suspension, J56 heavy duty brakes, a Muncie M22 4-speed transmission, and of course, the 12.5:1 compression 427 V8. The LeMans Blue roadster in the Brothers Collection is one of only 80 built in '68, and it might look like a nice Sunday cruiser, but it was a thinly disguised race car sold to the public!

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The '67 Camaro Z/28 is one of the most sought-after Camaros, having been designed to bring the Camaro into the competitive world of Trans Am racing. The Mustang and Barracuda had a couple years lead time on the Camaro, but the potent 302-powered pony car came out of the gate running. This one from the Brothers Collection is a pristine example of an original Z/28 that has been upfitted with some period correct speed parts including the rare cross-ram intake manifold. Too cool.

 

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The 1969 Chevelle SS 396 was a hot car, but the COPO program allowed for a run of 427 cars to really take Super Stock drag racing by storm.    However, Don Yenko at Yenko Chevrolet one-upped the COPO cars with 99 special 1969 "SYC" Yenko Super Car Chevelles further modified to his liking.    This 427 cubic-inch monster features a 4-speed, and it is one of only 12 built in Garnet Red.    From The Brothers Collection.