History of the Camaro

Welcome to Camaro Week at Cool Rides Online. This week we are going feature one of Chevrolet’s most popular brands. Today we take a look at the History of the Camaro.

Designed to be Chevrolet’s competitor to the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro made its debut in 1966. The new automobile was announced on a press conference that connected journalists in 14 cities and was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Detroit. Chevrolet had invited the journalists to the conference, calling it the SEPAW meeting. SEPAW was an acronym for Society for Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World; Panther was a nickname for the Mustang.


First Generation Camaro

First Generation Chevy CamaroThe first generation of the Camaro includes models for the years 1967 through 1969. These were rear-wheel drive vehicles on a GM F-Body platform. Available in two body styles, Chevrolet debuted the Camaro in a hardtop coupe version and a convertible that featured 2+2 seating. Engine choices included a 230- or 250-cubic-inch inline six cylinder engine or a 32-, 307-, 327-, 350-, 396- or 427-cubic-inch V8 powerplant. In contrast to the Corvair, the Camaro had a front engine configuration like the Mustang.


Second Generation Camaro

Second Generation Chevy CamaroA dramatically restyled version of the Camaro came in 1970, marking the start of the second generation. During this period, the car’s body became slightly wider and larger. More cosmetic changes were made in 1974 and 1978. In 1977, the Z/28 package was introduced to meet the demands of enthusiasts. This was the first year the Camaro surpassed the Mustang in popularity.


Third Generation Camaro

Third Generation Chevrolet Camaro

In 1982, the third generation was introduced. Over the next 10 years, Chevrolet introduced modern fuel injection, four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions, hatchback body styling, 15- and 16-inch wheels and the standard OHV four-cylinder engine. The third generation also included the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition and the 25th Year Anniversary Heritage Package, which included a 305-cubic-inch High Output engine.

Fourth Generation Camaro

Fourth Generation Chevrolet CamaroThe fourth generation Camaro appeared in 1993 on a modified F-body platform. Like the premier Camaro from 1967, fourth generation models were offered in a coupe hardtop body style or a convertible with 2+2 seating. In the 1993 to 1995 models, a 3.4L V6 engine was introduced with a 3.8L V6 being offered for the first time in 1995. The fourth generation ended with the 2002 model.

Fifth Generation Camaro

Fifth Generation Chevrolet CamaroThe Camaro is currently in its fifth generation, which appeared in 2010 on a new platform that was debuted in the 2006 and 2007 Camaro concept cars. In 2010, the Camaro received the World Car Design of the Year Award at the World Car of the Year Awards. Chevrolet produced a 45th anniversary model, which was available only in “Carbon Flash Metallic” paint with an optional stripe package. In 2013, Chevrolet unveiled a refreshed body style in the 2014 model and announced the return of the Z/28.