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

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro

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1970 Chevrolet Camaro

In the Golden Age of car design, many manufacturers strove for innovative futuristic designs. Some looked as though they had been inspired by a UFO, while others drew inspiration from aircraft of the time. This trend seemed to calm down over the years but never fully went away, offering resurgence with the new models coming out today.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1967 Bumblebee Camaro

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1967 Bumblebee Camaro | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

If you have seen the latest installment in the Transformers movie franchise, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, you will recognize this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro resto-mod as Bumblebee.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: 1970 Camaro “Grinch”

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1970 Camaro “Grinch” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the second in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

Prepare to be disturbed this Christmas day as the “Grinch” makes its way through Whoville, screaming as much as the driver likes with its 602 horsepower LS3 engine mated to a Bowler 5-speed transmission. Of course this gnarly “Grinch” could be none other than a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro built by the RingBrothers.

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Classic Recreations expands portfolio with SEMA Camaro

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1968 Camaro CR1 | Photo by Hans Marquez

Classic Recreations, a family-owned business that has specialized in  modifying Ford Mustangs for 15 years, celebrated eight years of showing vehicles  at SEMA by presenting something new: a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro known as the CR1. Continue reading