Chevrolet introduced the Camaro in 1966 as their very own Pony Car to directly compete against Ford’s Mustang. The Chevrolet Camaro came as a sports coupe, rally sport and super sport trim, they all stood out well when launched with a base engine being a 140 bhp in line six with larger options such as the 375 bhp V8 block.
The Camaro was actually cheaper to buy than the Mustang so it sold well, in 1968 Chevrolet introduced Astro Ventilation, a brand new fresh air inlet system, side marker lights and divided rear tail lights and in 1969 came some interesting changes including multi-leaf rear springs and shock absorbers were staggered. Engine options were vast with twelve options in 1969 along with four transmission options from two speed automatic to four speed manual.
The RS was an appearance package that included hidden headlights, revised taillights with back-up lights under the rear bumper, RS badging and exterior bright trim and was available on any model. The SS performance package consisted of a V8 engine and chassis upgrades for better handling and to deal with the additional power. The SS featured non-functional air inlets on the hood, special striping, and SS badging and the Z/28 performance package was designed (with further modifications) to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am series. It included a solid-lifter 302 V8, 4-speed transmission, power disc brakes, and two wide stripes down the hood and trunk lid. All very impressive.
- Chevrolet’s Camaro is as famous as the Ford Mustang with a history going back to the sixties. If you’re looking to buy one the first thing to check is the body work. Camaro bodies have several points that are notoriously prone to rust; the windshield and rear window channels, the shock towers, the lower rear portions of the front valance, the front and rear corners of the doors, the rocker panels, and the quarter panels around the wheel openings as well as the inner wheelhouses. Check these areas for signs of corrosion.
- Engines came in a multitude of sizes starting with a 3.8 litre up to a 7.0 litre and are all tough and long lasting provided they are properly maintained so make sure you get to see some extensive history showing services and fluid replacement on a regular basis. Make sure you check the suspension for problems look at the ball joints, Pitman arm, centre link and the control arm bushings. Watch out for clones and fakes of the SS models and always check that all history appears genuine.
- 1st generation Camaro’s need just basic maintenance to keep them happy and really are simple to keep going giving you more time to enjoy driving your pony car.
Time stopped for the Camaro in 1970, when, because of production headaches stamping the Euro-inspired sheet metal for the all-new second-generation car, production of the planned new 1970 Camaro was delayed four months. During this time, Chevrolet kept building ’69 Camaro’s as 1970 models. Later, the real 1970 Camaro finally arrived.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“Like many America Cars from the sixties the Chevrolet Camaro came with many engine, transmission and trim options it’s easy to lose track of all this choice. It is however safe to say the Camaro now in its 6th generation remains as popular as ever although there’s nothing like the original.”