The only L78 Pace car to go around the track in 1967 was the #3 car. PERIOD
Many years ago when Dan Young discovered that the #3 car had been found still intact….
That is the time he decided to sell his – Now CL you have it. A magnificent car for sure
However your car does not have a L78 in it - maybe it never did?
Maybe it was delivered to the tech center with NO drivetrain?
Or, maybe the body was made, and held up till Grumpy’s cars were track tested?
We all must assume that GM didn’t just drop a L78 into a Camaro body,
and send the first one to Indy to be a public spectacle – no they tested it over and over.
GM wanted that car to be a L35 - so that is what they made it into - case closed.
If GM wanted it to be a deli delivery car - it would have left with a baloney sandwich in the glove box.
The car was converted – not in a good way (in your opinion), but converted nonetheless - apparently for drivability.
We call those Shelby Mustangs “Shelbys” not Mustangs...
Because they they were converted. The Newer Camaros are not called Z/28’s that were converted to SS’-
They are called what the factory intended them to be. Factory SS Camaros.
Your track car has an automatic transmission, soft-lifter heads, and a cast Iron intake. Not an L78 as is described in all the production data.
The L78 is an engine option – nothing more – so without the engine, what do you have?
I have a question for you:
Do you really think it should be an L78? If so you better find a dated example to replace
the L35 that was installed by the FACTORY. We all know how you want your cars to be exactly correct right
Is that car a historical benchmark -absolutely, but it is not an L78.
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I am just presenting my opinion as I truly believe.
You have an amazing car - but the first L78 Camaro - get real. LOL