Before the Yenko Camaro and the COPO Camaro, the 427 Camaro was built in Los Angeles California, at a dealership by the name of DANA Chevrolet.
Hot Rodding and modifications to new cars had been flourishing in Southern California for decades now. The area was saturated with automotive talent. So it was only natural for the first big block Chevy swap into a Camaro to happen here in the hot rodding mecca of the universe.
High Performance was nothing new to the individuals operating Dana Chevrolet.
The owners were gentlemen by the names of Paul Doski and Peyton Cramer.
Peyton Cramer was a former Shelby American employee in charge of finances.
The chief engineer was a local west coast SCCA hero by the name of Dick Guldstrand.
As you can see in the photo above, the 780 CFM Holley carb used vacuum secondaries eventhough
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As proven in these pictures, these 427 DANA Camaros defined the meaning of "Laying Rubber".
When geared properly, top speed could surpass 160 MPH.
These 427 DANA Camros set the stage for other dealerships and eventually the factory to produce other 427 powered Camaros. As a historical note, these Camaros were built months before any other Chevy dealership produced their own. The Dana Camaro was truly the first 427 Camaro conversion that was ever performed, anywhere. This is based on the magazine publication dates and the lead time that is needed prior to their printing. The DANA 427 Camaro conversion was done at their performance center in the fall of 1966.
Dana Chevrolet used Bill Thomas supplied big block motor mounts for their conversions.
In fact, there is now a belief that most of the Dana Camaros were sold through their dealer sales network in a similar fashion to Don Yenko and his Yenko Camaro dealer network. The big question is: how many were sold, who actually did the modification work, and which dealers participated in the sales of the Dana Camaros??
These Camaros have unique features and modifications that I can identify.
Dana Camaro Update October 2010: Muscle Car Review Magazine printed an article that states a very different conversion number than what was told to the author in 1996 by three principle members of Dana Chevrolet. My research continues each year with these Dana Camaros, and when more of them appear, I will share the info! Many of these Camaros have been sighted over the years as being stored away in garages and parts of the cars are being used for safe storage such as the top of the hood, roof, trunk and the interior for family belongings. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until families decide it's time to sell the old Camaro in the garage before we will ever have the opportunity to see these Camaros once again.
If you own one of these Camaros or if a family member has one tucked away in their garage,
please e-mail me.
Please e-mail me at brunoscorvettes at yahoo dot com
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