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2022 08 23 CCC Blog Post – Our Favourite Chevrolet Camaros from the Various Generations

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2022 08 22 CCC Blog Post – Chevy Camaro, A Quick History


The Creation and Rise of the Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro was designed from creation to compete and defeat the Mustang in speed and sales. The Chevrolet Camaro is one of Chevy’s most iconic sports cars, and one of the world’s most recognizable American muscle cars. After over half a century of production and 6 generations of transformation, Chevy Camaros remain sought after by many; despise the changes they are still some of the most well-known American muscle cars.

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First Generation Camaros 1967-1969:

The 1967 Camaro was the start of the first-generation Camaro, created to overtake the Mustang. This first Camaro came in two cylinder layouts:  the most common V6 had 140 HP (horsepower) and the predominant V8 had 375 HP. The 1968 and ‘69 models were redesigned models of the original Camaro with a different grill, rear taillights, rear springs, and many more style and utility differences. Due to all these changes to the Camaro, within a short span the rarity of cars from the first generation varies, for example there were only a 1000 of the COPO (Central Office Production Orders – COPO) which had an L72 engine producing a whopping 425 HP. What is even more rare are the First-generation Camaro ZL1 with only 69 units ever put into production at 430 HP.  This is the inspiration for the extreme package built into the modern ZL1 as that we are currently offering on auction.

Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro

Second Generation Camaros 1970-1981:

The second generation focused on safety and driver experience enhancements rather than pure performance. While the fastest second-generation Camaro was the 1970 SS (Super Sport) at 450 HP, throughout the years of the second generation the Camaro lost horsepower; owing to compliance with new emissions standards.  But it did gain power windows and air conditioning.

Third Generation Camaros 1982-1993:

The third generation Camaro was redesigned to a hatchback coupe body. The redesigned Camaro had a strong start after the 1982 variant was Motor Trend Car of the Year. The Camaro body style has always evolved, and the third generation was no different; this Camaro’s highest performance model was the B4Z Camaro; The B4Z is better known as the IROC-Z one of the most iconic IROC (International Race of Champions) car. The subsequent IROC sponsor, Dodge, offered a version of its Daytona less imposing than the IROC Camaros.


Chevrolet Camaro IROC
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Sixth Generation Camaro 2016-Current:

While there were a 4th generation Camaro (1993 – 2002) and a 5th generation Camaro (2010-2015) the most noteworthy footnote from those years is the return of the Camaro after an 7 model-year break in between the 4th and 5th generations; In addition to the “Retro Redesign” of the 2010 Camaro inspired by the 1969 Camaro (the 2005 Mustang may also have had an influence!). The Chevrolet Camaro roared back in a strong way in 2016 with a lighter car which is more fuel efficient and offering an even more powerful engine than prior years producing 455 HP. Then in 2017 the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE was introduced an extremely powerful V8 engine with six speed manual transmission producing 650 HP and 650 LB-Ft torque. Then In 2019 the Camaro got more updates in both the front and rear ends in addition to some signature LEDS head and taillights. These made the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE not only Chevrolet’s most desired performance Camaro, but one that is also an instant classic and fan favourite.

We currently have a 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE 6 speed manual under 19K km on auction.
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The rest is unfolding as we write this – do you think the Chevrolet Camaro is heading in the right direction?

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Photo credits:
IROC – By M62 – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2246355