In 1975, at the peak of the energy crunch, Chevrolet was sleeping on its Camaro laurels, for it was the only true pony car still in production. The previous year was a mortuary parade for many performance-veiled models, and carmakers shifted focus elsewhere. The archrival Mustang was living its sub-compact afterlife on the underpinnings of the Pinto. At the same time, the Challenger and Barracuda had the Mopar banner held at half-mast in their memory. AMC’s final assault had ended with its Javelin hurled into history forever.
The Camaro had taken the blow of the Malaise head-on and adapted to survive at all costs. With engines more inclined toward fuel efficiency and environmentalism than making tire companies exuberantly worried about how to fulfill demand. The sales literature from 1975 openly admitted the tidal wave of change: ‘You’re driving more slowly now, and perhaps you’re driving less. (…) Thanks to Chevrolet’s new Efficiency System, the 1975 Camaro is designed to run leaner (more economically), run cleaner (meet new emission standards), and save you money every mile.’
1975 marked the absence of the Z/28 package for the second year in a row – the option would be reintroduced in 1977 – and sales dropped to almost 146,000, down some 5,000 from the previous production effort of 1974. With two engines available – a six-cylinder, money-saving 250-cubic-inch (4.1 liters) and a 350-incher V8 (5.7 liters), there wasn’t much anticipation for fun, speed, or muscle.
The base variant of the ’75 Camaro was the Sport Coupe. The step-up came in the form of the Type LT (Luxury Touring) – the latter only got the V8 motor and could be optioned with a four-speed. However, the TYPE LT was a full 500 bucks over the base Sport Coupe I6 and over 300 dollars more expensive than the V8 variant.
This blue Chevy was born red (the interior shows the original color) and with an inline-six (one of nearly 30,000 Camaros from 1975) coupled with a Turbo Hydra-matic automatic tranny. It last saw road action in 2001 and didn’t get much love after that. On the good side, it’s not a rust victim, and the body looks straight (with the obvious exception of the front clip). If no one will save it soon, it’s heading for the crusher – a fate so many of its siblings have met before.