From Then To Now. Deanna Verdone. The First Model. Production #’s RS: 64,842 SS: 34,411 Z/28: 1,002 Total: 221,306.
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The first Camaro was the 1967 Camaro. It was introduced by Chevy as competition for the Ford Mustang. There were different types like convertible, coupe, RS, SS, and the Z/28. The Camaro is classified under a muscle car.
More was added to the 1968 Camaro due to the success of the 1967. Some things added were side marker lights on the front fenders (government requirement for all 68 vehicles) ,a more pointed front grille, a front spoiler, and divided rear taillights. The front running lights (excluding RS models) were also changed from circular to oval. The big block SS models received chrome hood inserts that imitated velocity stacks. This increased the production numbers by over 10,000.
The 1969 Camaro carried over most of the 1968’s mechanics except for the looks. Chevy wanted to make it look more sporty so the grille was redesigned with a heavy "V" and deeply inset headlights. Some other changes were new door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel which gave the car a much lower, wider, more aggressive look.
The second generation was introduced in February of 1970. Most things were the same except for the automatic transmission, 6 cylinder, and big blocks(V8).Its top motor performance was with the 6.5L at 375hp.The new body design featured a fastback roofline, ventless full door glass, and no rear side quarter windows. Doors were wider to allow easier access to the back seats. The roof was a new double-shell unit that improved rollover protection along with noise reduction.
There were some setbacks of the 1972 Camaro. There was a strike at a GM plant which affected production for over 170 days. Over 1000 Camaro’s had to be scrapped because they were unable to meet safety standards due to the issues at the plant. Chevy was considering dropping the Camaro all together for a while.
The 3rd generation were the first Camaros with factory fuel injection, four-speed automatic transmissions, five-speed manual transmissions, four-cylinder engines, 16-inch wheels, and hatchback bodies. One highly noticeable change are the headlights and front view. Camaro also introduced a new model called the IROC-Z(International Race of Champions). It is similar to the Z-28 model but more was added to it. However in 1991 Chevy stopped producing this model.
The fourth-generation Camaro debuted in 1993 on an updated F-body platform. It retained the same characteristics since its introduction in 1967: a coupe body style with 2+2 seating (with an optional T-top roof) or convertible (introduced in 1994), rear-wheel drive, and a choice of V6 and V8 engines. The front headlights were more rounded into the frame of the car. This was the last constant generation that the Camaro had. After 2002 production ceased.
In 2009 Chevy decided to start producing the Camaro once again. This generation is well known from it’s role in Transformers as Bumblebee. The 5th generation is also used for cop cars(as seen below) and as the Indianapolis Pace Car. It is only in 2 door style and either a 6 speed manual/automatic transmission.
"Chevrolet Camaro (fifth Generation)." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 02 May 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Camaro_(fifth_generation)>.