How did the Chevy Camaro get its identify?


When the Camaro hit showroom flooring, there have been almost 80 manufacturing facility choices and 40 seller choices and equipment out there.

With Ford’s Mustang promoting via the roof since occurring sale in 1964, Normal Motors wanted one thing new to compete with its rival’s pony automotive.

After stories surfaced that Chevrolet was planning a long-hooded, two-door automotive Mustang competitor in April 1965 — Codename: Panther — quite a lot of buzz surrounded the automotive world.

On June 28, 1966, Chevrolet Division Normal Supervisor Pete Estes held a stay press convention in Detroit unveiling the brand new identify for the deliberate automotive. Persevering with Chevy’s utilization of names that start with “C” (Corvair, Chevelle, Chevy II and Corvette), Estes stated the automotive could be known as the Chevrolet “Camaro” and never “Panther” as many had speculated.

The identify Camaro was reportedly derived from Heath’s French and English Dictionary as a time period that translated to “buddy” or “comrade.” Reporters had been advised by GM product managers that the time period additionally meant “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.” And the stage for the rivalry was set.

On Aug. 11, 1966, Chevrolet manufactured its first ever Camaro at its Norwood, Ohio, plant. The automotive could be unveiled to the press in Detroit on Sept. 12, 1966, earlier than occurring sale Sept. 29 for the 1967 mannequin yr.

The 1967 Camaro debuted on a rear-wheel-drive GM F-body platform, out there in a coupe or convertible type with 2+2 seating. The automotive additionally flaunted an extended hood and a brief rear deck.

When the Camaro hit showroom flooring, there have been almost 80 manufacturing facility choices and 40 seller choices and equipment out there. It was out there as a hardtop and convertible. Its base powertrain was the 140-hp 230ci L6 engine with a guide three-speed transmission. Virtually any motor that Chevy made was out there for the Camaro as much as the 375-hp 396ci engine within the SS package deal.

The bottom worth for the 1967 Camaro was $2,446. The whole manufacturing run for the 1967 Camaro was 220,906, most of which had been the bottom hardtop sport coupe. Within the first manufacturing yr, 104 Camaro Tempo Automobiles had been produced, because the Camaro graced the racetrack, pacing the 1967 Indianapolis 500 within the automotive’s first yr of manufacturing.

Mustang gross sales actually cooled off since promoting almost 550,000 fashions in 1966, and the Camaro outsold the Mustang for the primary time in 1971, in accordance with the Automotive Information Knowledge Heart. Since then, the Camaro has outsold Ford’s pony automotive 12 different instances together with a 5 yr stretch from 2010 via 2014.

Normal Motors eradicated the Camaro after the 2002 mannequin, its fourth era. In 2009, manufacturing began again up with the fifth era Camaro that received World Automobile Design of the Yr on the World Automobile of the Yr Awards in 2010.

In 2016, Chevy rolled out the sixth-generation Camaro. Now, 51 years later, the bottom 2018 Camaro begins at $26,900, together with transport, with a 2.Zero-liter turbo SIDI engine with 275 hp. The highest engine now out there is the 6.2-liter supercharged V-Eight DI engine with 650 hp.

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