The Chevrolet Camaro first came into being in the USA in 1966. General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, MFD had to produce a car to provide essential competition to the market crushing Ford Mustang. The 1967 Camaro shared a chassis and many large components with the Pontiac Firebird (another General Motors off-shoot), and so the time required and money required to produce the Camaro were massively reduced.
Regarded as a muscle car, or a ‘Pony’ car, a term which referred to compact vehicles that were both within reach financially and had a stylish feel about their looks (a trend started by the Ford Mustang in 1964), the Camaro joined an ever increasing number of vehicles that were pushing for an ever increasing demand. American buyers loved the engine, the look and the price of such vehicles and the ever increasing sales ensured that plenty of car builders built their own variations out as rapidly as they could.
The 1970’s and 80’s were the Camaro’s heyday, when the car was desired by millions of car enthusiasts, not just in the States but across the globe. The mix of looks, power and popular TV shows romanticizing muscle cars contributed to a massive demand, and the desire for enthusiasts to own one never went away.
So far there have been five distinct generations of the Camaro have been built. Generations one to four were built between 1966 and 2002 (when producing of the Camaro ceased), and building of the fifth generation Camaro started again in 2009 and against strong opposition to such environmentally unfriendly muscle vehicles from environmental campaigners, the Camaro has been shown to once again be a big success with the American public.
The car was sometimes available in a hardtop and a convertible, the convertible was extremely popular among buyers from coastal states who enjoyed the thought of driving along the beach side roads with the roof down, the music up and the shades on. The car has a huge fan base with some owners having owned every variation of the Camaro at one time or another and even more holding on to 1960’s versions and maintaining them in pristine condition.
The car has been a very popular car for modification during the cars lifetime, with owners spending weeks and months and lots of cash adding aftermarket additions to improve their car’s style and power. The car’s have also been hugely successful in motorsport taking many Trans-Am series wins and lots other races and championships through its years. Plenty of motor racing enthusiasts still use older Camaro’s even now and remain very successful, often winning against much more modern cars.
The Camaro lives on today, and with its legendary status, performance and eye catching style from the latest generation version, the car is bound to be around for a long time to come.