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

Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The Chevrolet Camaro is said to have just over 64,000 miles on the odometer
The Chevrolet Camaro is said to have just over 64,000 miles on the odometer

While most of the U.S. hunkers down for winter, the collector cars and motorcycles tucked away until spring, we in the Southwest are just beginning our driving season. For the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, the heat is gone and it’s time to put the top down and cruise.

And that’s how it is in Sherman, Texas, near Dallas, where the Pick of the Day, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible, is waiting on a car dealer’s lot. Blue with white stripes, the classic Camaro is equipped with the Rally Sport package and period-correct black-and-white houndstooth-insert seats. Continue reading

Assembly plant tour part of Camaro’s 50th birthday event

Yes, it's been 50 years since Chevrolet launched the Camaro | Chevrolet photos
Yes, it’s been 50 years since Chevrolet launched the Camaro | Chevrolet photos

The 2017 model year marks the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet is inviting Camaro owners to the birthday party in Michigan, where festivities will include tours of the Lansing Grand River assembly plant where the newest version of the car is being produced.

The celebration takes place August 18-20 and begins with activities at the plant on the 18th, with a “Camaros and Coffee” on the 19th in Detroit and a special Camaro heritage display on the 20th at the Woodward Dream Cruise, where the new 2017 ZL1 and 1LE models will be on display. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible

Bestickered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a covered bridge in upstate New York | Larry Edsall photos
Bestickered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a covered bridge in upstate New York | Larry Edsall photos

It has long been my contention that if you’re buying a coupe, you want the most powerful engine available. However, if you’re buying a convertible, you don’t need that much power. Hey, if you’re driving a convertible to the race track, it’s to spectate, not to compete. Convertibles are designed for top-down cruising, not for trail braking.

Thus when I knew I was going to take part in the ELK Charity Challenge, a legal-speeds road rally from Detroit to Lake Placid — and as long as I’d gone that far, when the event was over I’d continue on to Maine to visit a couple of car museums — I contacted Chevrolet and asked if I could borrow a new Camaro convertible for the trip. But I had one stipulation (who says beggars can’t be choosers?): I wanted the base version of the new Camaro, the one with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

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1968 Chevrolet Camaro

In the ’60s and ’70s, car enthusiasts sought to provide that special something they felt Detroit left out of the equation. They substituted style for stock with killer stance, sparkling mag wheels, engines that towered out of the hoods, and paint schemes that would have embarrassed even the most stereotypical ’70s custom van.

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Now 50, first Camaro added to National Historic Vehicle Register

The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association
The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association

After many months of secrecy, the first Chevrolet Camaro emerged from the General Motors Assembly Plant, located in Norwood, Ohio, on May 21, 1966. This was the pilot car, the Number 1 prototype Camaro of 49 that were built in preparation for mass production of a new kind of sports Chevy.

Camaro would be officially launched in Detroit in August 1966 and a month later, Chevy’s sporty compacts rolled into dealer showrooms to begin their important mission: to chase the runaway success of Ford Mustang, which was more than two years and well over a million cars ahead.

The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey   Larson
The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey Larson

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Camaro, the Historic Vehicle Association is documenting this first car, which wears VIN 100001, to enter the National Historic Vehicle Register, making it the next iconic vehicle with American historic significance so honored with permanent inclusion in the Library of Congress. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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The first-year Chevrolet Camaro coupe is powered by a big-block 396 V8

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Chevrolet Camaro ever built, here is a first-year Camaro just the way we like them, fast and flashy. While the prototype Camaro was a bare-bones economy model, this one is anything but.

The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe, Ermine White with Hugger Orange stripes, powered by a 396 cid V8 fed through a manual four-speed gearbox. This Camaro was built to run away from Mustangs on the strip, or turn every head while rumbling through traffic on cruise night. Continue reading