Mustang vs Camaro vs Barracuda
Motor Trend’s May 1967 comparo of the three new “specialty cars.”
Sometimes, it’s fun to go through back issues of old car magazines and see what they had to say about our favorite cars and trucks when they were brand new, and Motor Trend (which is part of the TEN family that includes Mustang Monthly) consistently did the most broad-sweeping reviews of new cars. Unlike enthusiast magazines like Hot Rod and Sports Car Graphic, Motor Trend wrote to its audience of primarily new vehicle comparison shoppers—just like they still do.
Leafing through a binder of old MT’s, we ran across the May 1967 issue in which they compared what they termed “Those sporty, swingin’ specialty cars,” the newly redesigned Mustang and Plymouth Barracuda, and the brand new for ’67 Chevrolet Camaro, in all their major option levels. They termed it “…the first complete buyer’s guide to sports/personal cars” and author John Ethridge began the story by saying, “With overall new car sales running nearly 20% off the pace of a year ago and production schedules being cut by every maker, it is gratifying to note one segment of the marketplace that is growing by great leaps in the face of general decline. This segment is occupied by cars variously called ‘sporty, ‘sports/personal,’ ‘Specialty,’ or ‘American Sports.’ It was created in a grand manner by the Mustang, which, from early 1967 returns, still looks like it will ousell all of its competition combined.” Damn right!
True to Motor Trend form, the comparison looked at points like powertrain and performance, handling, steering, and stopping, and each car’s best and worst features. They didn’t pick a “winner” in the group, preferring to let the readers make their own conclusions. We, of course, read that as the Mustang winning every category, but we may be biased.
So here you go, Motor Trend magazine’s test of the new-for-1967 “American Sports” cars.