The Camaro was Chevrolet's ultimate answer to Ford’s wildly successful Mustang, which debuted in 1964. The Mustang led the charge for a whole field of “pony cars”—reasonably priced and highly stylized compact cars with “muscle car” high-performance engines. Chevy’s first pony car, the Corvair, released for model year 1965, didn’t make a dent. But the Camaro, released for model year 1967, had legs.

This zippy pony car, employing GM’s new F-body platform, was offered in a wide variety of six-cylinder and V-8 engines and as a convertible, and it quickly sold 220,000 units in a year. In a few short years, the Camaro overtook the Mustang as the sales leader.

Ironically, early Camaros were based on the less-exciting Chevy Nova body, chassis, and mechanical package. GM’s innovative design chief Bill Mitchell grumbled that he never cared for the first generation, saying they were “no damn good—too many people involved.”

Still, Mitchell gave the top-line late 1960s Camaros, which came with a powerful Z28 engine and suspension package, elegant curving fenders and a duck-tail rear spoiler. More than 96,000 Camaro SS (Super Sport) and more than 143,000 Camaro RS (Rallye Sport) models were made for the first generation, and they are among the most collectible cars today.

For the car's second generation, Mitchell got to design a Camaro to his exacting standards. Debuting mid-way through model year 1970, this Camaro was only released as a coupe, with a lean, curvaceous “Coke bottle” body and a dedicated chassis with monocoque construction. (GM’s Pontiac division produced a clone named the Firebird that had a different engine and front end.)

While even the Z28s were less powerful than the early '60s models, these second-generation Camaros was seen as perfection: The body remained unaltered—other than changes to the nose to meet new safety regulations—for 11 years, and GM sold nearly 2 million of them.

The third generation of Camaros arrived in 1982 with an updated hatchback body and fuel-injection. This angular and very American four-seater sports coupe was almost 500 pounds l...

These cars became so tied to rock ’n’ roll culture that punk band The Dead Milkman wrote a satire song called “Bitchin’ Camaro,” which appeared on their 1985 album, “Big Lizard in My Backyard,” and opens with a rambling improv between two lunkhead heavy metal fans.

The high-performance IROC-Z edition, named for the International Race of Champions, appeared in 1985, with a 5.7-liter 220 bhp injected V-8. This Camaro was sold along with the Z-28, the LT (Luxury Touring), and the base-model V-6 sports coupe. Then, in 1987, all four Camaro editions were also offered as convertibles.

Right away, the magazine “Collectible Automobile” declared the convertible IROC an instant classic, saying, “Even taking the rough ride and lousy gas mileage into consideration, the IROC-Z convertible is a blue-chip investment. Buy one now and enjoy it, take meticulous care of it, and it will return more than its original price somewhere down the road, and likely sooner than most people think. If history is a guide, demand will soon exceed supply."

The LT and Z28 were dropped in 1988, leaving the IROC and base models, which were very attractive, cleanly styled Camaros. In '89, the base got the RS (Rallye Sport) tag, as well as more dramatic bodywork so it more closely resembled the IROC. The IROC got an upgrade for its wheels and tires, and a 240 bhp engine. In 1991, Chevy ended its sponsorship of the International Race of Champions, and had to give up that moniker. The IROC-Z became the Z28.

The fourth generation of Camaro was produced from 1993 to 2002, before they fell out of favor and GM ended their 35-year production run, but in 2010, the Camaro line was revived to ride once again.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Chevy-Camaro.com

Chevy-Camaro.com

Sean O’Connor’s reference site on the Chevrolet Camaro boasts hundreds of high resolution photos as well as som… [read review or visit site]

Jims59.com

Jims59.com

Jim Snell’s tribute to the 1959 Chevy Impala and other Chevrolets (Bel Air, Two-Ten Wagon, etc.) from the 1950s a… [read review or visit site]

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Chevrolet : Camaro Rs 1967 Chevy Camaro Rs 396 Big Block Must Sell No Reserve!Chevrolet : Camaro Z-28 Z-28 CamaroChevrolet : Camaro Deluxe Interior 1971 Camaro 383 Mucie 4 Speed Pro Touring No ReserveChevrolet : Camaro Rs Split Bumper Rs, Black Beauty, Zz502, Resto ModChevrolet : Camaro Lt Convertible-edition 2014 Camaro Lt Conv.no Reserve.leather/navi/camera/head Up/sensors/20's/Chevrolet : Camaro Supersport True X55 1969 Chevy Camaro Ss350 Real Nice Driver Quality Red/black!Chevrolet : Camaro Ss Restored 1967 Camaro *** No Reserve ***Chevrolet : Camaro Z 28 Camaro 1970 1/2 Z28 Camaro 350/360hp 4 Speed Posi 12 Bolt Rear EndChevrolet : Camaro Ss 67 Camaro Ss Rs Matching NumbersChevrolet : Camaro Coupe Red And White Coupe, V8 Auto, Pwr Windows. Excellent DriverChevrolet : Camaro Ss 1967 Camaro Ss, Perfect Blue Paint, Classic 67 Body W/all The UpgradesChevrolet : Camaro 1969 Chevy Camaro Rs Ss Convertible X11 Ps Pdb Ac 12 Bolt 350/350 Super SolidChevrolet : Camaro 2-door Coupe 1973 Chevrolet Camaro .. New 572 Big Block. 4 Speed. 12 Bolt 373 Posi .Chevrolet : Camaro Iroc Z 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Iroc-z Brand New Condition!!! Copo 1/1 Red/red/gold!!Chevrolet : Camaro Rs 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Rs ConvertibleChevrolet : Camaro Performers Featured Restomod 1969 Camaro Pro Touring Restomod - Thrice Finished Now!Chevrolet : Camaro Rs Great Driver, Black Coupe With White Racing Stripes, Real RsChevrolet : Camaro Z28 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. 1 Owner . Original Paint. Documentation.Chevrolet : Camaro Coupe 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 4 Speed 4 Wheel Power Disc Brakes Console 12 BoltChevrolet : Camaro 2-door 1969 Camaro - Frame Off Restoration1995 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt '68 CamaroChevrolet : Camaro Convertible 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 4 Speed 327 Power BrakesChevrolet : Camaro Z28 1968 Camaro Z28 Matching Numbers 302 4 SpeedChevrolet : Camaro Ss 1968 Camaro Pro Street. Two Time Best Of Show Winner...copper Over TitaniumChevrolet : Camaro Z/28 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 Matching Numbers Drivetrain Protecto Plate/broadcast SheetChevrolet : Camaro Coupe Simply Amazing 4 Speed 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Ss Tribute Very Straight StunningChevrolet : Camaro Coupe 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 496 BbChevrolet : Camaro /ss Pace Car 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rs/ss Pace CarChevrolet : Camaro 1967 Chevy Camaro Rs Ls5 Bb 4 Speed 4wpdb Ps Coilovers Must See Rs CloneChevrolet : Camaro Rs Ss 396 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rs Ss 396 Big Block X22Chevrolet : Camaro Coupe 1973 Camaro CoupeChevrolet : Camaro Rsss Big Block 396 4 Speed With Power Steering Disc Brakes All On A California CarChevrolet : Camaro Rs/ss 1969 Camaro Rs/ss, 496 Big BlockChevrolet : Camaro Two Door Coupe A Real Beautiful 1969 Camaro 383, 4 Speed, Low Miles, Very Fast, Strong Runner!!Chevrolet : Camaro Ss Tribute 1969 Camaro Ss Convertible - Tribute CarChevrolet : Camaro Rs/ss Custom Restomod 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Rs/ssChevrolet : Camaro Rs Ss L89 Concoures Restored 1969 Lemans Blue Rs Ss L89 CamaroChevrolet : Camaro Z28 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28Chevrolet : Camaro Rs 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rs Convertible 350 Th350 Automatic Console Front DiscsChevrolet : Camaro Coupe Spectacular 69 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Tribute Creat Engine Rotisserie Frame Off.Chevrolet : Camaro Zl1 Chevy Zl1 Carbon Fiber Hood Black Aluminum Wheels 2012 2014Chevrolet : Camaro Coupe 1969 Pro Touring Camaro SsChevrolet : Camaro Rs Matching Number 1968 RsChevrolet : Camaro Frame Off Restoration 700hp Watch Video! 454 A/c Pro Touring 67 68 69 Show Car $80k Build!Chevrolet : Camaro X-11 1969 Camaro ConvertibleChevrolet : Camaro Sport Coupe 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe "ss 383/425hp Custom" 4-speed Classic - VideoChevrolet : Camaro Frame Off Built Camaro Pro Touring 454 V8 6 Speed W/acScalextric C2654 Chevrolet Camaro 1969 Driven By Vince GimondoChevrolet : Camaro Ss 1969 Camaro Ss 396 Rallye Green Big BlockChevrolet : Camaro Black 1969 Camaro Ls7, 6 Speed, Art Morrison Full Frame, Irs, C-5 Front.. Pro TouringChevrolet : Camaro 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Big Block 4 Speed Black WowChevrolet : Camaro Camaro 1970 Camaro Rs Style - Oklahoma Car - Nice!!Chevrolet : Camaro Tribute 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Tribute, 396, 4spdChevrolet : Camaro Lingenfelter Zl1 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 Coupe 2-door 6.2l Lingenfelter 200 Mph VehicleChevrolet : Camaro Enko Tribute 69 Camaro Yenko Clone 454 4 Speed Wow Muscle CarHot Wheels Redlines 1968 Custom Camaro In Rose W/ Dark Int Very Rare!!Hot Wheels Redline Lot Camaro T-bird Mustang Splittin Image Demon Nr!!Chevrolet : Camaro Z28 Rs 1969 Camaro Z28 Rs Numbers Matching Fully Documented Investment GradeChevrolet : Camaro Coupe 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 350 4 Speed 12 Bolt RearChevrolet : Camaro Z28 1984 Chevy Camaro Outlaw Drag Radial Class