Camaro Come Back

[ad#Top of Post Left]By now you know that Chevy is bringing back the Camaro and preliminary pictures and stats look phenomenal.  This got me thinking of Camaro's in the past, where the car has came from and where it may be going.  Below are a few years that I thought really defined the Chevrolet Camaro.

1969 Camaro

1969 Camaro

1969 Camaro

1969 was the last year for the first generation Camaro to be built and was cluttered with different engine configurations to help compete against the wildly successful Ford Mustang.  The 1969 Camaro was available in an in-line 6 cylinder, 4.9, 5.0, 5.4, 5.7, and 6.5 litre V8.  When lining up next to a Camaro of the First Generation you never really know what they are sporting under the hood, but chances are it's mean.

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1970-1981 Camaro

1981 Camaro

The Camaro was still being built on the F-Body platform, but lost it's bulging roots in terms of looks and feel.  Through the 2nd Generation Camaro production years it began to start feeling dated as the suspension and body was all from the previous generation and only minor tweaks to the exterior were being performed.

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1992 25th Anniversary Special Edition Camaro

25th Anniversary Camaro

25th Anniversary Camaro

Chevy fans started seeing some big improvements and upgrades to the Camaro beginning in 1982 and this third generation Camaro continued until 1992.  In 1992 fans were rewarded with a 25th Anniversary Heritage Special Edition Camaro and marked the last year the original F-Body platform would be used, later years would use a modified version.

Amongst the updates in the Third generation Camaro and in the 20th and 25th Anniversary editions were the utilization of throttle bodies on the engine and an upgrade 4 speed transmission.  Furthermore, the introduction of the IROC-Z was hailed in with upgrades to the Camaro's suspension, and larger 16" rims.

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2002 Camaro

2002 Camaro

2002 Camaro

In 2002 Chevrolet pulled the plug on the 35 year production running Camaro.  The Fourth Generation Camaro was the first since 1967 to have an updated F-Body platform.  The last of the Camaro's was produced in part due to slowing sports car sales and generally slow sales of the Camaro specifically, Chevy felt it was time to exit that market.

The Fourth Generation Camaro offered plenty of options for potential buyers in terms of cosmetics and engine treatments.  There was a souped up SS version that offered the LT1 Corvette engine, paired with a 6-speed Manual transmission, along with smaller V6 RS versions.  In addition, there were T-Top models available and convertible edition Camaro's, but all the options failed to please the market and production haulted in 2002.

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2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

In 2009 the World will be introduced again to the Camaro with a 2010 model year becoming available.  We've already seen concept photos from as early as 2006 and in 2007 were treated to a Convertible Camaro Concept.  It's expected that the engine configurations available will be a 300 horsepower V6 and a 422 horsepower V8, with both manual and automatic transmissions.  Furthermore there will be an RS appearance package available on the LT and SS models.  300 horsepower just sounds a bit high on any V6, but time will tell and there will still be time for Chevrolet to change specs and availability.

With so much buzz surrounding the new Camaro, such as parts in movies like Transformers, lots of concept shots, and a huge fan base, will we see another 35 year production run?  The success of the retro styled Mustang seems to say yes and hopefully Camaro will catch up with Ford again.

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Author: Christopher

I've been an auto enthusiast since birth. I'm a grease monkey at heart and love learning to work on anything automotive. You'll often find me hiding in the garage, attending car shows, and reading about the latest and greatest online.

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14 Comments

  1. look, these new muscle cars are hyped and not as fast as the 1998-2002 cars or the 60-70s cars. i own a 1999n trans am and i embarass srt 8 hemis all day long, and mustangs i laugh at. these new cars cost way to much, i can rebuild my trans am 4 times over. i cannot wait untill a new ss pulls beside me, i will embarass him.to get 400hp from a ls1 is easy. a catback,throttle body,tune,8.5 wires, slp lid and filter. ls1 was underated when mine was dynoed ar rear wheels it was 306 hp, then i done these small upgrades it went to 353rear wheel hp. anybody who has messed with a ls1 will tell you

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  2. So why aren’t they making Trans Am’s anymore? lol

    Sounds like to me you ran into some old folks that don’t know that these cars come detuned from the factory. All it needs is a chip and they would blow you out of the water, assuming they can hook up.

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  3. trans ams suck ass thats why they dont make them anymore. camaros rock thats why they made the 2010 which is based off of the 69 camaro BITCHES!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Trans Am suck? The 4th gen was the same damn thing as a camaro!

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  5. Actually, ALL the Camaros and Firebirds were the same. I’ve had a 1979 TA, 1995 WS6, and a 1998 WS6. I now have a 1999 Cobra and I miss my TAs.

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  6. Hi Kevin! I’d think an 04 Cobra would be closer in performance to your old WS6. ;) Strap on one of those and see how it feels.

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  7. i love my stock 69 Z/28 CAN’T WAIT TIL THE DEALERS STOP TRYING TO MAKE MONEY OVER LIST ON EBAY so i can buy one, then they wounder why there going down.

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  8. Yep, yonker21, dealerships were doing the same thing with the new Mustang when it came out. Price gouging.

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  9. FORD MUSTANG STARTING TO LOOK LIKE MY NEXT NEW CAR, I’LL NEVER BUY A “CHINA OBAMA” CAR! SAD DAY IN AMERICA WHEN WE HAVE TO MOVE TO CHINA FOR A JOB.

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  10. I have a 1967 camaro 350 punched to a 383ci short stroker rods roller cam roller rockers 202fuely heads polished ports welans duel quad tunnel ram and topped with duel preditor carbs and nitros directly injected into the valves running 625 up at the tires with over 500 ft PBS of torque I’ll take on any firechicken out there trans AMS are a joke if your ever in Portland oregon and want to embarrass yourself look me up.

    Stroked masters

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  11. If the pay was right you would move to CHINA! Let me know when the President comes out with his car line. You people will find anything to throw the President name in. If you think you can do a better job at running this country, please cast your name into the ballot box and I hope camaro owners vote for you!

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  12. I agree, an american car should be ensambled in america, but lets stop complaining about jobs going oversea, and take action. As long we keep having f…ing union in ours car plants which all they acomplish is over paid lazy workers, companies are going to look for places where thy can build their products for less.

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  13. 4th gen Camaro’s are my favorite. They will beat the new Camaro’s because they are heavy and not aerodynamic. I still love them though! Cant wait till the 2012 Z28 comes out!

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  14. my mom is geting me a 1981 camaro for graduating. so happy it looks sick as hell. just cant wate.

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