One of the most popular Chevrolet cars is the Chevy Camaro. This muscle car first hit the market on September 29, 1966. Chevy launched the Camaro to directly compete with the Ford Mustang. Development began in 1965 and was presented to the public in June of 1966. The name continued the tradition of naming all Chevy's with a name that started with C. According to rumors, the name was found in a French/English dictionary, where "camaro" translates to "friend." However, it's not a French word, and the story is most likely not true.
The first Camaro heavily borrowed from the Chevy II Nova. Both the Camaro and the 1968 Nova used the same subframe design, but the Camaro came in three different main models: the RS, the SS, and the Z/28. The base sport coupe costs just under $2,500. However, buyers could upgrade the engine, the transmission, and more. The Z/28 model was the race-oriented Camaro and had even more horsepower. Chevy designed it to serve as their entry in the SCCA Trans-Am race series. In addition to the coupe design, the first generation of Camaros also included a convertible.
Almost 100,000 Camaros were produced in 1967, a shocking number. Since then, Chevy has produced six distinct generations of this muscle car, although only the first three are currently considered classic cars. Each generation has updated the basic design and added more power to the car.
- Cheverolet Camaro History the history of the car from Edmunds
- Wikipedia for the Camaro includes a detailed look at each generation
- Models of the Camaro includes a list of total numbers of cars produced
- The Camaro: A History of Horsepower this article looks at the horsepower of the Camaro throughout the years
- The Camaro Research Group a group that focuses on first-generation Camaros
- The First Camaro a look at the car that started it all
- Camaro Performers Magazine an online magazine focused on the Camaro
- The Camaro.com a resource for all Camaro owners that includes forums, registry, and more
- The American Camaro Association website for one of the largest Camaro clubs
- Generations of GM History: The Camaro a story by a Camaro owner
Best Known Features
The Camaro has a number of interesting features. The first Camaro used a basic unibody design to make it look lean and mean. The hidden headlights, long hood, and many different interior options were fan-favorites, as was the signature paint stripe on the front of the 1968 SS model. The changes made in 1969, including the new round headlights, skinny taillights, and the pointier front were also big hits and propelled the Camaro to new heights--Chevy sold over 240,000 units that year! Many of these features have either stayed with the Camaro or have been optional.
- Features of the 1969 Camaro a general overview of the most popular model
- Camaro Engines Throughout the Years the Camaro has had many different engines across the generations
- The Intro of the 1967 Camaro this vintage ad shows the car's distinctive grill
- The 1967 Camaro Z28 Features a look at what made this model special
- The Firebird verses the Camaro which had the better features?
- Chevy Camaro Performance Specs Over the Years compares some of the older Camaros
- Classic Camaro Facts & History some quick and easy facts about this vintage car
- Cars that Defined Cool includes the Camaro and why it's cool
- Buyer's Guide for Classic Camaros what to look for when buying a vintage car
- Cool Collection of Classic Camaros one of the best collections assembled
Brief Evolution of the Camaro
As with any model of car, the Camaro has gone through some evolutions over the years. While the 1969 model is perhaps the best known, it was still a basic Generation One Camaro. It was the next year's version that saw a total redesign of the Camaro. This second generation Camaro looked and felt more like a European car and was compared to vehicles like the Berlinetta Lusso by Ferrari. The hood wasn't as flat, and the headlights were now placed within the front panel.
The second generation of Camaros ran through 1981. During this time, newly implemented federal regulations forced Chevy to make more body changes, including a new bumper and engine. The car lost some of that European flare, but gained more of a smooth look to it.
1982 once again saw the Camaro get a major overhaul, beginning the third generation. This new car looked boxy and beefed up. The headlights went from round to square, while the front of the car became more angular. New suspensions and rear coil springs were added to this model. This look would continue through the rest of the third generation, ending with the final IROC-Z car in 1990. Chevy lost the rights to use the name to Dodge when the company became the official IROC sponsor.
- The Complete History of the Chevrolet Camaro a list of each year in the car's life
- Camaro Models a quick look at the different models
- The History of the Camaro a visual history with many pictures
- Makes and Models of the Camaro a list of resources from DMOZ
- Camaro Statistical and Reference Information covers only the classic cars up through the final IROC-Z
- Building a 1967 Camaro a team took up the challenge to build a Camaro in 3 days
- Model History of the Camaro a look at how the car evolved
- Rare Camaros not all Camaro models were widely available
- Camaro Classic Car Price Guide how much is yours worth?
- Evolution of the Camaro how did it get to where it is today?