My Classic Car: 1974 Chevrolet Camaro

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I bought my first car, this 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, brand new from Farrenkoff Chevrolet in Garfield, New Jersey. In September 1974 I paid $4,600 for it, and this car is turning 50 years old this year. I credit my whole family for me still owning the car. My father and two brothers shared the car. But I especially credit my mom, who co-signed the loan. My mom also nicknamed it “NEFE” (in Greek it means “bride”), since I was always with her.

The car is in mint condition and underwent a 100% frame off restoration in 2012. It is completely stock outside in Metalic Bronze (with decals), and I have the stock motor Super T-10 transmission in storage. Some of the upgrades to it include a GM Performance Parts ZZ 430 crate motor with a 5-speed Tremic transmission.

I have fifty years of stories with this Camaro; it’s part of me. I want to throw a birthday party for it to celebrate, but my wife and three sons think I’m nuts. I still love this car!

Dimitrios (Jim), New York