As one of the charter members of the American pony car club, the Chevrolet Camaro enjoys a significant place in American automotive history.
Announced to the world on June 28, 1966, the press conference heralding the launch of the Camaro marked the first time in history14 cities were hooked up in real-time via telephone lines. The actual car was shown for the first time was on September 12, 1966 at a press preview in Detroit. The Camaro officially went on sale September 9, 1966, as a1967 model.
Introduced specifically to compete with the Ford Mustang, at the press preview, when automotive writers asked where the name “Camaro” came from, or what the word “Camaro” meant, they were told a Camaro is a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs.
Undeniably a performance car, the Camaro has also always been offered with a smaller V6 engine, in addition to its larger V8. The Camaro has also always been offered in both coupe and convertible formats. Over the years, there have been a number of legendary Camaro performance models, the most famous being designated Z-28, SS, and ZL1. While these Camaros have attracted all of the attention and solidly suspended a halo firmly above the Chevrolet, the six-cylinder models have really carried the nameplate in terms of sales.
From the beginning, the very epitome of a teenager’s dream car, the Camaro enjoyed four generations of continuous production between its launch in 1967 and the end of the fourth generation Camaro's run in 2002. The model then went into hiatus for eight years—before the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro went on sale in the spring of 2009 for the 2010 model year.
This article will focus on the latter part of the run of the fourth generation and the fifth generation cars.