Chevrolet Camaros Archive

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Camaros run in the family

A while ago in another blog post, I mentioned that my father used to own a 1979 Camaro. Well after much searching, he finally found some old pictures of it. And I’ve decide to upload them for you all to see!

Front and back shots of my dad's old 1979 second-generation Camaro.

This is a really cool second-generation maroon-colored Camaro. There’s actually a second-gen. Z28 Camaro parked not far from my house that looks just like this, and it’s one that I might even make an offer on when I have the money. So maybe one day I’ll be driving around in the same car that my father did back in the ’80s.

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Camaros in the snow

After the light snow fall last weekend, I went out at night and took pictures of a few of the Camaros that I always see in Howard Beach. I’m sorry about the poor picture quality; I intend to get out soon and take a bunch of pictures of all the Camaros I see in Howard Beach during the day. For now, I find these bad boys awfully pretty to look at.

A fifth generation Camaro SS, parked just four blocks down from my house.

A third generation IROC model parked on the same block as the fifth gen.

Another fifth generation Camaro SS parked a few blocks in the opposite direction.

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One Camaro, Two Camaro, Red Camaro, Blue Camaro

Whenever I meet up with my car-loving friends, we always end up talking about some new flashy coupe or convertible. Something that always seems a little tricky to us is telling different editions / generations of the same car apart. Since this section of the blog is about Chevy Camaros, I thought it would be fitting if I help people understand the differences between all five generations of the American muscle car.

THE FIRST GENERATION (1967 – 1969)

The first Camaros debuted in 1966 for the 1967 model year. They were two-door rear-wheel drive vehicles (which is what all Camaros are) that could be purchased as coupes or convertibles. The RS (Rally Sport) models included appearance alterations such as hidden headlights and exterior rocker trim. SS (Super Sport) models included different appearance alterations and a 5.7 liter V8 engine. It was possible to purchase a RS/SS model which included all appearance alterations.

A first generation Super Sport Camaro.

 

Z/28 models were much harder to come by originally, since they were meant for Trans Am racing. They included a few visual modifications (such as either ‘302’ or ‘Z/28’ badges on the bumpers and sides of the car) and a smaller engine. Z/28 RS models combined both packages for a unique look.

The ZL1 models were built specifically for drag racing. Only 69 were made, and Chevrolet recently announced the production of 69 fifth generation ZL1 Camaros. The ZL1s are the rarest of the rare.

THE SECOND GENERATION (1970 – 1981)

Also known as “Super Hugger,” the second generation Camaros were less powerful than their predecessors. However, they were longer, sleeker and more refined. Z28 models had badges without the slash between the Z and the 28. My father owned a normal second generation Camaro, maroon in color.

A second generation Z28 model.

 

THE THIRD GENERATION (1982 – 1992)

Third generation Camaros are most notable for being the  first ones to feature hatchback bodies. These are bodies that have two passenger doors and one hatch on the sloping rear of the car.

Besides various changes that occured under the hood, there were a few notable editions of the third generation Camaros. They included a 20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, a 25th Anniversary Heritage Edition and the IROC-Z. Named after the competition entitled “The International Race of Champions,” IROCs were introduced in 1985 and came as an addition to the Z28 package. They had lowered springs, Corvette tires and special decals.

A third generation IROC model.

 

THE FOURTH GENERATION (1993 – 2002)

Fourth generation Camaro sales declined until the final vehicle was produced on August 27, 2002. General Motors announced that sales couldn’t sanction the creation of a newer model, so a 35th and Final Anniversary Edition was created. It was only available as either a convertible or T-bar. Besides the final edition, the California Highway Patrol division also purchased special edition Camaros in 2002 with police decals.

A fourth generation SS convertible.

 

THE FIFTH GENERATION (2010 – present)

 In 2006, concepts were created for the fifth generation Camaro coupe model (the convertible concepts were drawn up in 2007). This generation was modeled after the first generation with similar detailing and build work. Production began in March 2009 and was availble to the public by mid-April.

The fifth generation Camaro has the greatest amount of editions to date, most of which were released in 2010. From February to May, the Synergy Special Edition green Camaro was available (with various upgrades to the base package such as improved transmission, special design and components of the RS package). 295 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Limited Edition models were produced, and their most notable characteristic was the official paint job of the Indy 500 pace cars along with Indy 500 Camaro badges on the sides of the car.

The most notable edition is the Transformers Bumblebee Special Edition. This model was feature in the Michael Bay Transformers films, and movie and car fans alike rejoiced when these yellow devils hit the market. Owners have made their own special tweaks to the model, but the base package comes in yellow with black racing strips and over 8 Autobot logos all over the outside and inside of the car.

A fifth generation Camaro in "Bumblebee form!"

 

2012 is going to be a great year for Camaros with the release of both the new ZL1 models and the 45th Anniversary Edition models. The ZL1s are throwbacks to the original first generation ZL1s. Besides the massive improvements under the hood (which put the new ZL1 at over 550 horsepower), the ZL1s will have a completely unique build and set of badges. A very limited number will be produced and the price will hover around $47,000.

Currently, not much is known about the 45th Anniversary Edition models except that they’ll come with a special appearance package. It includes badges, dark silver wheels and jet black interior with red, white and blue stitching.

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The Camaro hunt is afoot.

This section of the blog must definitely seem weird to those who don’t know me! Please, sit back and allow me to explain.

About halfway through high school I had a talk with my father about cars. Many of my friends were beginning to enter driver’s education courses, and I wanted to be part of that group. Driving had always seemed like an art to me; It seemed like something you had to learn and practice rigorously.

My dad told me about how to start learning and even helped get me into a driver’s ed course at my high school. He also told me about his history with driving and cars (this is where this part of the blog starts to make sense). It turned out that my father’s first car was a 1979 Camaro, maroon in color. He showed me a picture of him standing next to it, looking really cool and all that. My dad said that he didn’t expect to leave the used car lot with that car the day he went in. It just happened.

Since that moment, Camaros have been my favorite all-American vehicles. From generation one to generation five, Camaros never cease to amaze fans like me in countless ways. In future posts I’ll go into much more detail about the inside and outside of the car, but for now just understand that this is why I dream to one day be able to walk into a Chevrolet lot and leave with a brand spanking new Camaro. Since the price tag hovers around $30,000, that dream is going to take some time to become a reality. Until that moment, I’ll do my best to record information on all the Camaros I see around the boroughs of New York City.

I guess the only thing to say now is that I’m off to follow those Camaros!

The 2012 Chevrolet logo (from cartype.com).