Yenko Camaro races to top of Mecum’s Portland results

Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos
Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos

An intense-looking 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, documented as originally sold by Yenko Chevrolet, roared away with the top spot at Mecum’s collector car auction last weekend in Portland, Oregon, selling for three times the result of the N0. 2 car.

The 427/425-horsepower coupe, one of 64 Camaros performance-enhanced by the legendary Don Yenko in a behind-the-scenes deal with Chevrolet, hammered sold for $395,000, not including auction fee, to lead the sale at the Portland Expo center. Continue reading

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Scott’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was in primer gray when purchased for $12,000 | Scott Dendy photo
This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was in primer gray when purchased for $12,000 | Scott Dendy photo

You ever feel like you’ve done something awesome before you have really done it?

My ’68 Z28 has been talking to me and I’ve been listening. For two years now, I have been taunted by a Camaro Z28.

$12K got me a solid, rust-free body, 302 motor, 4-spd, primer grey, black seats great condition and 28,647 on odometer. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Z28 brought back performance to the Camaro
The Z28 brought back performance to the Camaro

When Chevrolet introduced the third-generation Camaro in 1982, it was a serious upgrade compared with the car it replaced. The second-generation Camaro was introduced in 1970, and with each passing year, it grew heavier, slower and more cobbled together. It was a car that needed a makeover, and the 1982 model accomplished this by bringing back some modicum of engine performance, terrific handling and a great modern look.

The star of the Camaro lineup was the Z28, and the Pick of The Day is one of the first-year cars, a 1982 Camaro Z28 located in Ontario, Canada. Continue reading

Rewind: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

Seen dramatically erupting from a volcano, Chevrolet introduced its “fiery, new creation,” the 1967 Camaro SS, “the new car that’s something else, something never before seen in a driving machine.”

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Pick of the Day: 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a second-generation coupe
The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a second-generation coupe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Camaro, an event being celebrated at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March. With that in mind, the Pick of the Day is a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 located in Fairfield, Ohio.

Model year 1974 was a watershed time for cars in the U.S. with new federal emissions and safety regulations. It was also the year that Ford delivered the downsized Mustang II and really started focusing more on economy than performance. Happily, Chevrolet did not follow suit and still offered the full-size Camaro with the V8-powered Z28 version for those of us who wanted a performance car. Continue reading

Amelia Island Concours to host Camaro’s 50th birthday party

The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association
The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association

General Motors was chasing the runaway success of the Ford Mustang when its designers began developing the prototype Chevrolet Camaro. Behind closed doors, a dream team that included such GM stars as Pete Estes, Ed Cole and John DeLorean quickly created a sports coupe that ran right to the heart for Chevy fans.

The design phase was very hush-hush, according to GM insiders, with even the skeptical company brass kept in the dark until the completed Camaro prototype was revealed to them. They were wowed by the sophisticated design of the four-seat coupe, which had been honed by wind-tunnel testing.

For 1967, Camaro was added to the Chevrolet lineup as an unprecedented sixth model. Continue reading

Bill’s best buys for the coming year

Six affordable collector cars show signs of increasing values during the next year
Six affordable collector cars show signs of increasing values during the next year

The collector car market is a lot like the real estate market: it’s always seeking growth in that next new, hot neighborhood. And just like real estate, new areas appreciate while others plateau or depreciate.

With collector cars, there are a number of intangibles that go into predicting The Next Big Thing. It’s a complicated algorithm that considers rarity of remaining examples, affordability relative to comparable models, design, performance, desirability and everyday usability. Continue reading

My Classic Car: James’ 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Forty-seven years later, Jim and his Z28 are reunited
Forty-seven years later, Jim and his Z28 are reunited

Home at last after 47 years, the history of my 1969 Camaro Z28:

The ’69 Camaro Z28 was ordered by my then-girlfriend, who later became my wife, and the car came along with the deal.

The marriage situation changed a long time ago, but now the car has returned. Continue reading