When new, the Cherokee wore a red interior, but soon after it was completed, a black interior was installed. A tilt steering wheel sourced from a Corvette was fitted, and a fold-down rear seat allowed the car to be used for events other than merely gracing an auto show stand. In fact, the Cherokee was tasked with pace car duties during the 1967 Can-Am season opening 200-mile race at Elkhart Lake's Road America on September 3rd, 1967. The wheelman for its pace car duties was none other than famed F1 racer Stirling Moss.
Soon after its debut, Hot Rod magazine featured the Cherokee, calling it the next "Camaro for the street." While styling features such as the wild hood treatment and hood-mounted tachometer wouldn't make it to Camaro production cars, it was considered a success by General Motors due to the wide publicity the Camaro Cherokee garnered. And that was job number one in the long battle between the Mustang and the Camaro, a battle that has recently resumed. Could a new Cherokee see daylight? We could only hope.