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The Camaro reset the standard for pony cars with it's debut on September 26, 1966. The Camaro was more than merely
an answer to the Mustang, it was an instant icon that captured the attention of the youth-oriented pony car market.
Derived from a French word meaning "comrade" or "pal", Camaro was quickly recognized as a friendly word for sport-car
buyers looking for value.
With its sleek lines and a long list of luxury and performance options, the new car was a hit
with the public.
The 1968 camaro looked very similar to the 1967 externally. Small body changes included the addition of side marker
lights (due to a new government mandate), a pointier front grille, and divided rear taillights.
Due to the 1968's
new Astro Ventilation fresh-air-inlet system, gone were the side window windwings.
Engine offerings for 1968 were nearly identical to those of 1967, with the exception of the RPO L89 option that fitted aluminum cylinder heads to the RPO L78 396 big-block V8. Due to the high cost of the L89 option ($868.95), only 272 1968 camaro's were fitted with this performance upgrade.
By 1969, the camaro was extremely popular. Sales had steadily increased during the first years of the camaro and set a
new all-time high, thanks to its long production run (from September 1968 through February 1970).
The 1969 was given an
updated look that was meaner than the graceful 1967-1968 models. It had a more aggressive grille, slightly squarer
body panels, and squared-off rear wheel openings. Out back, new multi-sectioned rear taillights were used. Up front,
partially see-through headlight covers were used with the Rally Sport grille package (previous RS headlight covers
were solid panels).
Chevy has produced a
new Chevrolet Camaro, a nameplate that was more recently interred.
The muscular Chevrolet Camaro concept is pure '69 updated, with the kind of
subtle detailing that makes it look up-to-the-minute.
The interior is very glitzy, and pays homage to the original, even
down to the GM seat belt insignia and the twin instrument pods.
The camaro Concept embodies the performance and passion that have made first-generation camaros some of the most sought-after collector
cars, updating the formula with a fuel-efficient powertrain, sophisticated chassis and contemporary design execution.
The goal is to
make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans.
“Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the camaro for all of the right reasons,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice
president, global design. “camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs.
Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers.”
Though only a show car at this point, the camaro Concept is intended to explore customer reaction to design and engineering
elements that might lead to an all-new version of the camaro.
In this section, you can read the entire story behind the Chevrolet Camaro. The beginnings. The history behind
the car. The legend of the Chevrolet Camaro. This is where all started. A legend is born.
When Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964 there was no immediate reaction from General Motors. By August 1964,
just four months after the Mustang's introduction, GM realized the appeal of a four seat sports car. Ironically,
the Mustang was created in response to the Chevrolet Corvair Monza.
Donald Yenko (May 27, 1927 – March 5, 1987)
Don Yenko, owner of Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, PA, was one of the pioneers in modifying the Factory
Camaros with a high horsepower Big Block Chevy engine and 427 cubic inches of displacement. The Muscle Car fever at it´s
Don Yenko, the son of the founder of Yenko Chevrolet, was the man behind the
'69 COPOs, and was probably the best known and largest supplier of muscle cars back in the 60's and 70's.
The customers can either order high performance parts or they can have their car modified by Yenko's mechanics