1974 Chevrolet Camaro

57% of answered in the negative when asked whether third-gen Camaros belong in this series, which means that it's been well over half a year since our most recent DOTSworthy Camaro (though if I can find the right '82 I'll go ahead and shoot it). Second-gen F-bodies are fairly plentiful on Alameda's streets, so it was no sweat finding a good example of an Early Malaise machine for today's post. I ran across this '74 in the vicinity of the '50 Dodge pickup and at least a half-dozen other DOTS vehicles; truly, this car's neighborhood is a rich vein of street-parked classic iron.

1974 Chevrolet Camaro


The Camaro for '74 hadn't quite reached the overwhelming level of Malaise tape-stripe/plastic-snout overdecoration it would achieve a few years later, but you could see it coming. The 5MPH crash bumpers weren't quite as tragic on this car as on many of its peers, but the 145-horse 350 engine (185 horses if you went for the optional dual-exhaust powerplant) moved the car's 3,500 pounds with somewhat Camry-esque authority.

1974 Chevrolet Camaro


This car looks pretty good and serves its owner in daily-driver capacity. However, the inevitable GM rear-window rust has a toehold, which means the trunk floor probably has a few holes as well. Plenty of time to solve this problem, given that it's taken 34 years to reach its current state.

1974 Chevrolet Camaro


I'll try to remember not to let such a long time go by before our next Camaro, lest I become the victim of donuts on my lawn.



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