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Model Specific Discussions => Trans-Am Camaros => Topic started by: Jon Mello on June 14, 2014, 03:49:08 PM

Title: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: Jon Mello on June 14, 2014, 03:49:08 PM
Gorries Black Panther Camaro road test from the May '67 issue of Canada's Track & Traffic magazine, courtesy of Mike Scott (group/7).
The Black Panther package was available on any V-8 model, although I'm not sure about a convertible. There were even two '67 Z-28s
converted into Black Panthers. The car in the article is 427-powered although, for some odd reason, the engine shown is a small block.

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss309/1967z28/January%202014/TampTmay67cover_zps453deaba.jpg) (http://s586.photobucket.com/user/1967z28/media/January%202014/TampTmay67cover_zps453deaba.jpg.html)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss309/1967z28/January%202014/panther-1_zpsd0623254.jpg) (http://s586.photobucket.com/user/1967z28/media/January%202014/panther-1_zpsd0623254.jpg.html)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss309/1967z28/January%202014/panther-2_zps214dcd17.jpg) (http://s586.photobucket.com/user/1967z28/media/January%202014/panther-2_zps214dcd17.jpg.html)

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss309/1967z28/January%202014/gorriespantherad_zpsfc10dfab.jpg) (http://s586.photobucket.com/user/1967z28/media/January%202014/gorriespantherad_zpsfc10dfab.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: Jon Mello on June 15, 2014, 05:40:16 AM
Craig Fisher raced one of the Gorries Black Panther Z-28s in the Trans-Am series. This one came with a gold interior. The other car was
Craig Fisher's street Z-28 and it had a black interior. Craig sold it to Hugh Dibley over in England and Hugh turned it into a road racer.
It was sold to Pierre Du Plessis, who I have heard wrecked it in South Africa. If it was rebuilt, I don't know.

(http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss309/1967z28/January%202014/Daytona24HrCraigFisher_zps6ca0cb23.jpg) (http://s586.photobucket.com/user/1967z28/media/January%202014/Daytona24HrCraigFisher_zps6ca0cb23.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: Jon Mello on June 17, 2014, 04:09:24 AM
An article on Bob Simonen's Black Panther Camaro. He's the original owner!

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2005-12-28/in-search-of-the-elusive-black-panther
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: vtfb68 on June 17, 2014, 09:49:26 PM
Jon,
business week 's  story claims ZL-1 427 in 1967, what is the story on that? Would you know what kind of " Mag" wheels they used?
     Victor
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: Jon Mello on June 18, 2014, 12:33:23 AM
The reference to a ZL-1 engine for 1967 is not correct. Somehow the author got some bogus information. An L-72 engine is what should have been mentioned.

As for mag wheels, the only ones I've seen on them were Magnum 500 "mag-style" wheels except for the two road racers, which used American mags.
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: SMKZ28 on July 02, 2014, 01:17:13 PM
Great stuff on a little known Camaro.  That is why I love this site.  Thanks Jon and Mike!
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: satman on July 03, 2014, 11:43:21 PM
Gorries was a very cool dealership by Canadian standards .......... As teenager I remember visiting their used car lot and drooling over a large collection quality used Corvettes.

AL
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: RUNUTZ on July 19, 2014, 03:17:54 AM
Someone in Atlanta claimed to have one (for sale) not long ago.
Title: Re: Gorries Black Panther Camaro
Post by: group/7 on July 18, 2015, 02:37:46 AM
here's a link to a pic of  Dibley's ex Craig Fisher Black Panther in England, 1969 ? that is on the trans am face book page. hope the link works, if it's been seen before, apologies

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203365624096429&set=o.109038482465812&type=3&theater



Mike (group/7) in Canada