Camaro Muscle Car
Competition was the name of the game and still is, but back in the day when Camaro came to life it fought its way to one of the most cherished General Motors Chevrolet’s package and it filled the bill for the Pony Car as well as the Muscle Car.
They developed four generations of the Camaro during the years of 1966 and 2002. They revised it again in 2009 for the fifth generation in 2010. Before its beginning in 1966, for the 1967 model year, much speculation was rampant that Chevrolet would have a competitor to Ford Mustang and Pontiac’s Firebird who came out that same year, and the race was on.
They made another moment in history on June 28, 1966 as GM held the very first live press conference by telephone. 14 cities shared the experience. According to Wikipedia, Chevrolet’s General Manager, Pete Estes, started the conference by stating: “All attendees are charter members of the Society for the Elimination of Panthers from the Automotive World.” Of course he was speaking of the Mustang. When someone asked: “what’s a Camaro?”
The first cars were available as 2-door coupes or convertibles. The engine choices started at 230 cu.in. up to 396 cu.in. V-8’s and wound its way all the way up to 396 cu.in. with a V-8 powerplant. When Chevrolet compared their existing Muscle Car Restoration with the Ford Mustang (that started out as just a Pony Car) they had only the Corvair. They knew in order to compete they’d have to come up with a vehicle that could generate the sales like the Mustang had. Few if any, ever reached that goal.
The first generation of the Camaro Muscle Car lasted until the 1969 model year and it eventually inspired the design of the fifth-generation year in 2010. So to say that the Camaro Muscle Car had a lifetime of popularity, when compared to those who were gone before they made it to 2nd and 3rd generations, the Camaro carried its own.
The Camaro was the official car in the International Race of Champions that started in 1975 and lasted for 12 years. It held the distinction of being the first American car in that position.
The Camaro was also Indianapolis 500 Pace Car for 7 years starting in 1967 and won the 1971 and 1972 Australian Touring Car Championships. It has been in numerous drag racing contests.
At one point the cars were exported from another country, but by 2015 they will once again be produced in the plant in Michigan. There’s nothing better than claiming: MADE IN THE USA, and that’s where the Camaro Muscle Car belongs.