10 Interesting Facts About Chevrolet Camaros Gearheads Should Know
Chevy’s First Line Of Camaros Went Up For Sale In 1966
The first of our “interesting facts about Chevrolet Camaros gearheads should know” is the first generation of Camaro went on sale September 29, 1966. The model year was 1967, with a base price of $2466. It was a 2-door car with 2+2 seating and rear-wheel drive.
The vehicle had a GM F-body platform and included a lot of different options, along with four different small-block V8s and two big blocks. It sold 220,000 its first year.
The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Convertible Was Largely The Same
The next of our interesting facts about Chevrolet Camaros is the 1969 model was not too different from the rest of the generation mechanically but had a lot of changes in the bodywork that gave the car a sportier style. As with previous years, a convertible option was available. The Z/28 had a new 69 Hurst shifter. Two special-order, low-volume, and race-oriented models of the Z/28 were available.
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The Second Generation Of Camaro Lasted Twelve Years
Here is the third of our interesting facts about Chevrolet Camaros. The second generation of Camaros would last twelve years with the first to reach the market in February 1970, making it a 1970½ model. This Camaro was heavier and bigger than first-gen. The design was inspired by the classic Ferrari Lusso 250 GT.
The 1974 Chevrolet Camaros Became Slower
1974 saw severe changes with the Camaro model. Adhering to federal bumper guidelines, Chevy significantly altered the design. Somehow, Camaro fashioned aluminum bumpers that managed to look stylish and even changed the nose and tail to match. While the 1974 Z/28 may have some fresh graphics, the car became so underpowered compared to previous models Chevy dropped it the next year. Despite the problems, the 1974 Z/28 model sold 13, 80 units, which was the highest sold 2nd-generation Z/28 at that point.
In 1977, The Camaro Outsold The Mustang
1977 was a big year for the Camaro. For the first time, the Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang. GM also produced the highest number of coupes at 218,853. New features included a 250 cu in (4.1 L) I-6, which was now the standard engine for the sports coupe and luxury LT models. Other highlights included intermittent windshield wipers and standard hidden wipers.
Chevrolet Camaro’s Third Generation Started In 1982 With A Fresh Design
The third-generation of Camaro came in 1982. The vehicle was completely new and did not adhere to designs of the past with features such as a front windshield that declined 62 degrees. This Camaro also had struts in the front and a new coil-spring rear suspension.
Unfortunately, the cars still left a lot to desire in the power department. Sports Coupes had a 2.5-liter (151 cu in) LQ9 four-cylinder engine, which had a measly 90 hp. The Z28, on the other hand, had a 5.0 L LG4 4-bbl V8 engine rated at 145 hp, a far cry from yesteryears. Still, it looks cool and handled well, receiving many positive reviews.
In 1993, Chevrolet Released The Fourth Generation Camaro
The fourth-generation began in January 1993. The new Camaro had sheet molding compound built in the design, standard 5-speed manual transmission, a base 3.4 L pushrod V6 engine, and improved front/rear suspension. As for the Z28, the model came with a 5.7 pushrod LT1 V8 engine with a 275hp rating. The Z28 also had rectangular dual exhaust tips to help people visually separate it from the base model. The same year, the Camaro returned for the fourth time as a pace car in the Indianapolis 500. Chevy produced six hundred thirty-three replicas.
In 2002, Chevy Ended The Fourth Due To Slow Sales. The Camaro Almost Became Permanently Retired.
For Camaro’s 35th anniversary in 2002, Chevy put out a Z28 SS coupe special edition. The biggest change was including an LS6 engine introduced in the 2001 model.
However, there was not much time for celebration. Chevy essentially killed the Camaro brand off due to the fourth generation having slow sales and overcapacity at the plant. This seemed like a permanent decision until…
The Next Generation Of Camaros Did Not Release Until 2010
Chevrolet came to their senses and began working on a new design in spring 2005. Sangyup Lee designed the concept based on the Holden GM Zeta platform. Chevy unveiled the Camaro concept at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, where it won “Best In Show.”
They continued to show concept cars for a couple more years. In 2009 the Camaro fifth-generation officially started with the 2010 model available on the market in the first quarter of the year. The vehicle was based on the 2006 concept and had an Australian chassis with independent suspension. The base RS form was powered by 304hp,3.6- liter DOHC 24-valve V-6.
2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS Has A Couple Of New Features
Last but not least, we are on the 2020 Camaro. In 2018, the Camaro went through mid-cycle alterations. Some of these include a revised exterior and interior styling, new wheel designs, and a new 1LE Performance Package, to name a few. The SS also saw a new performance hood plus 10-speed automatic. With the 2020 model, the front bumper of the SS is now colored, and the Chevy logo moved to the upper grille. We cannot wait to see what comes next.
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