Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro custom

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the third in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

Produced from 1970-1981, the second-generation Camaro was longer, lower and wider than the first-generation Camaro. As a result, the second-gen verson is widely accepted to be much more of a driver’s car than its predecessor. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The custom 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS boasts 750 horsepower
The custom 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS boasts 750 horsepower

The first-generation Camaro is one of the most iconic collector cars, the 1969 model year is one of the most sought after. This particular car seems to have been beautifully restored from and boasts a 604-cubic- inch Dahmer powertrain V8 that produces approximately 750 horsepower. Continue reading

Vicari celebrates 20th anniversary, collector car appreciation day with auction in New Orleans

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Vicari Auctions Photo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection. Continue reading

First Camaro reunited with one who helped build it

Retired GM plant manager Herb Leitz (with son Steve) climbs into the first Camaro | Bob Golfen
Retired GM plant manager Herb Leitz (with son Steve) climbs into the first Camaro | Bob Golfen

The very first Chevrolet Camaro ever built is not a car you likely would notice. It’s a plain-Jane base-model 1967 hardtop with a six-banger, stock hubcaps and a Grenada Gold paint job, the color of so many Chevys of its day. Continue reading

Camaro ZL-1 sells for $715K at Houston auction

The 1969 Camaro is one of just a few original ZL-1s remaining | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
The 1969 Camaro is one of just a few original ZL-1s remaining | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

A superb 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 led the bidding at the Houston Classic Auction last weekend, reaching an impressive $715,000 (including auction fee) amidst the more than $6 million in total sales. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible

The 1967 Chevy Camaro convertible is a highly optioned RS model
The 1967 Chevy Camaro convertible is a highly optioned RS model

There are certain cars that instantly make me think of Barrett-Jackson, which holds its three-day Palm Beach, Florida, collector-car auction starting today.

The Pick of the Week is one of those cars, an apparently pristine 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible, which I must admit was one of the dream cars of my youth. Still is, I suppose. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Dan’s 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/Z28

Previous owner needed to sell car to pay for his children's weddings | Dale Baker photos
Previous owner needed to sell car to pay for his children’s weddings | Dale Baker photos

I first saw this Chevrolet Camaro in July, 2001, at a cruise night in Dorr, Michigan. Classic cars gathered there every Thursday on the lawn at an ice cream place called The Dairy Barn. I usually checked out the cars that showed up.

Usually there were at least 25-30 cars, but one night I remember over 200.

This night in 2001 I walked by this white Camaro with black stripes and blue interior. The owner, “Lou,” was sitting in a lawn chair behind the car. I commented that his car had Z28 stripes.

He responded “It is a Z28!”

I asked where it was sold new? He answered “Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids” and took the owner packet with the original manuals and protectoplate out of the trunk and showed me.

He said he had a son and daughter both planning to get married and would like to sell the car. He wanted way more than my budget would allow.

The next day I stopped at Berger Chevrolet and asked to see R. Dale Berger. I inquired as to how many Z28’s they sold in ’67.

“Only one” he replied. “It was white with blue interior and I remember the buyer complained about the gas mileage it got.”

Performance-oriented Chevy dealer sold only one '67 RS/Z28
Performance-oriented Chevy dealer sold only one ’67 RS/Z28

He told me he received a call around Christmas, 1966, from Vince Piggins of the Chevrolet Motor Division telling him about this exciting new Z28 Camaro, a Trans-Am Race car they were going to build. Berger said he ordered this white RS/Z28 with no radio, a cowl plenum air cleaner, tach/gauges and a special 4:10 12-bolt posi rear. It is one of only 210 RS/Z28 Camaros built that first year.

Dale tried to order more Z28’s, but it was too late in the model year. He ended up getting a large order of ’68 Z28’s that fall.

I agreed to a deal with Lou on this ’67 in Feb,2002. We did a payment plan and I brought him funds every month as I sold off other cars and motorcycles. I paid the balance on a Friday in August, 2002, and brought the car straight to the Berger Chevy All Chevy Show that day. The show is held annually the Saturday of the third week of August during the Grand Rapids Metro Cruise.

I belong to the West Michigan Camaro Club and am proud to say that this local piece of muscle car history still cruises over to 2525 28th Street in Grand Rapids where Berger Chevrolet (founded in 1925) has been located since 1965.

I collect ’60s muscle cars. This Berger 1967 Z28 has always been a favorite and I feel blessed and honored to be it’s caretaker. Thanks to Lou!

— Dan Baker, Caledonia MI

My Classic Car: John’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28

It's back to the '70s in a '69 Z-28 Camaro | John Mongelli photos
It’s back to the ’70s in a ’69 Z-28 Camaro | John Mongelli photos
Car still carries its original 302-cid V8
Car still carries its original 302-cid V8

One of my buddies had a 69 Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro and I always drove it.

One day in 1976 he drove and blew the engine and said he would sell the car to me for $1,500. Instead, he made it into a race car, and eventually it was cut up into pieces.

I’ve always wanted one of my own ever since.

Two years ago, I bought a 1969 Z-28 with an original 302, Muncie 4-speed and 410 rear in Pennsylvania.

I love driving my car, remembering old friends and good times. It’s like I am back in the ‘70s.

The interior
The interior

Secrets of the Camaro

1969 Camaro

One of America’s favorite pony cars, the Camaro has an interesting past with more than a few buried facts and secrets hiding just below the radar. Here are five of our favorites:

  1. The Camaro was almost called the Panther — It took a while for Chevrolet to come up with a final name for the Camaro. For quite some time it was referred to internally as the Chevrolet Panther. In end, Chevy’s preference for names beginning with a “C” won out, and the Panther name died as part of an elaborate PR campaign.
  2. The Camaro was actually a Canadian Import — Like William Shatner and Michael J. Fox, the seemingly All-American Camaro was actually stealth Canadian. From 1993-2002, the Camaro and its twin, the Pontiac Firebird, were built in St. Thérèse, Quebec, a Montreal suburb.
  3. “Camaro” means nothing — The name was actually a contrived moniker, much like “Camry” and “Corolla.” Although some claim that it is French slang for “friend,” neither the GM product people (nor most French-speakers, for that matter) are aware of this.
  4. “Outpaced” the Mustang — Although the Camaro came 2½ years after the Mustang and was often outsold by the Mustang, it has a healthy lead in the Indianapolis 500. The Camaro has been the official pace car at Indy six times, versus just three for the Mustang. Only the Corvette (12) has paced more 500s than the Camaro.
  5. Current Base V-6 Puts V-8s of old to shame — Amazing as it may seem, the 2013 base six-cylinder engine, at 323 hp, puts out more ponies than the most powerful small-block V-8 in the original car (295 hp). In fact, it probably makes nearly as much power as the fiercest big block V-8 of 1967, the 396 cubic inch, 375 hp. In modern “net horsepower” (measured with mufflers and accessories hooked up), the new six and the old big-block V-8 are probably just about even.

Last year, Hagerty’s employees finished a full restoration of a 1969 Camaro SS. To find out more about the restoration process or where the Camaro is now,  visit the Comeback Camaro page.