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   Yes, Camaro is 31 years old and just gets better with time. Here,
                     you'll find a recap of some of its accomplishments, from concept car
                     to the present.
 
     April, 1964. Super Nova.
                     Super Nova made its initial appearance at the New York Auto Show.
                     With five nameplates already in production, Chevy officials decided
                     not to produce the car at that time. When Camaro was in its design
                     phase, many of the ideas from Super Nova were incorporated, such
                     as a variation on the console and central instrument panel.
 
       August, 1964. GM initiates the F-Car Program.
                     GM made the decision to go ahead with an entirely new program to
                     compete with other automakers in ways that Chevy Corvair could not.
                     Dubbed the "F-Car" at first, it would later become an automotive
                     legend called Camaro.
 
       August, 1964. Styling begins.
                     Chevy engineers and designers worked in conjunction with Fisher
                     Body Division to see that the performance of Camaro did not take
                     away from its styling. Computers were used extensively for the first
                     time, as were other then unorthodox methods. Transparent
                     quarter-scale bodies let engineers view stresses and part relationships.
 
      February, 1965. "Mule" test drives.
                     In Camaro prototypes, called "mules," as well as in competitor's cars,
                     GM officials took test drives at the GM proving grounds at Milford,
                     Mich. Longer trips went as far east as New England, south to Florida,
                     and west to the GM Desert Proving Grounds outside Phoenix, as well
                     as along mountain roads of California.
 
      February, 1965. First wind-tunnel test.
                     Chevy sent a quarter-scale model of the Coupe, along with a staff
                     stylist, a clay modeler and a Chevy engineer to an aircraft wind-tunnel
                     near Dallas. Not much attention had been paid to aerodynamics prior
                     to this test, but it proved successful. It was because of this 11-day test
                     that the Z-28 was designed with a chin spoiler and a rear spoiler.
 
      August, 1965. Camaro "face" finalized.
                     The distinctive wide grille and headlights of the first Camaro went
                     through several changes before getting the official sign-off. Early
                     designs borrowed from Super Nova, among others.
                     Date unknown. Camaro fastback.
                     Chevy stylists optimistically mocked up this fastback version of
                     Camaro to compete with Ford Mustang 2 + 2. The car never went
                     into production.
     June, 1966. The Camaro name.
                     Just weeks before production began, the name "Camaro" was
                     decided on. General Manager, Elliott M. "Pete" Estes, announced the
                     name publicly, quipping, "I went into a closet, shut the door and came
                     out with the name." Camaro is French for "comrade, pal, or chum,"
                     according to an obscure 1935 French-to-English dictionary.
 
     September 21, 1966. Camaro for sale.
                     The 1967 Camaro hit dealer showrooms and was eagerly accepted
                     by the public. The basic Sport Coupe had a standard six-cylinder
                     engine and three-speed manual transmission with a base price of only
                     $2,466. More than 80 options, including a 327 cu. in. V-8 engine, the
                     SS-350 Package (with 350 cu. in. V8) and RS Package, among
                     others, were available, which could bring the price of delivered cars to
                     more than $3,500.
     September, 1966. Camaro: The Movie.
                     To help launch the new car, Chevy put together an hour-and-a-half
                     long movie. In color, the movie, The Camaro, was narrated by
                     cartoonist Milton Caniff and told the story of the F-Car. It was shown
                     extensively in Detroit theaters and on television, and featured cameo
                     appearances by GM staffers Dave Holls, Don McPherson, Alex Mair
                     and Bob Lund.
 
        September, 1966. Camaro: The Play.
                     An elaborate stage revue called Off Broadway was performed by
                     four different road companies throughout 25 U.S. and Canadian cities.
                     Its purpose: To promote awareness of Camaro. It featured a small
                     orchestra, dancers, a chorus and, as centerpieces, a '67 Coupe and
                     Convertible. Automotive News called Off Broadway, "... some of
                     the fanciest, gaudiest and costliest entertainment ever to hit the
                     boards."
 
      September, 1966. Camaro: The Clothing.
                     Perhaps the most unlikely of Camaro promotions was a line of
                     women's fashions by a New York designer. Known as the Camaro
                     Collection, the dresses were available in 450 shops and cost between
                     $20 and $40. Who knows? This may have set precedent for the
                     stylish houndstooth trim inserts in the '68 model.
 
     May, 1967. Indy 500 Pace Car.
                     In just its first production year, Camaro was recognized for its
                     performance and style when selected as Official Pace Car of the
                     Indianapolis 500, the first of four times Camaro would be so honored.
                     In all, 100 or so Camaro pace car convertible replicas were made,
                     most of them SS-350s with the Powerglide® automatic transmission.
    1967. The Penske Era.
                     After losing races early in the year due to handling problems, Roger
                     Penske's new Camaro Z-28 won its first Trans-Am race, in
                     Marlboro, Md. Chevy engineers, along with Penske's team, tackled
                     the handling problems with computer aides and, finally, through trial
                     and error. The Z-28 beat out Mustangs, Cougars and Javelins to take
                     the checkered flag.
 
     October, 1967. The Need for Speed.
                     In a Smokey Yunick Z-28, three drivers -- including Bunkie
                     Blackburn -- set world speed records on the salt at Bonneville. The
                     USAC\FIA-sanctioned event saw the Yunick Camaro crush old
                     records with speeds upwards of 174 mph.
 
       1968. Minor differences.
                     Camaro experts can tell you about the many subtle changes made
                     between '67 and '68 model years. Here are a few: Square sidemarker
                     lights were added to each fender. "Ventipanes" were deleted on '68s.
                     The '68 had rectangular parking lamps instead of round, and the grille
                     mesh was now silver in color, rather than black. An added option was
                     houndstooth seat trim inserts.
 
      May 1969. Indy 500 Pace Car Part II.
                     In its second appearance as pace-setter, a 1969 Camaro Convertible,
                     painted White with Hugger Orange stripes and trim was used. The car
                     had a 396 Turbo Jet V-8 engine with Turbo Hydra-matic three-speed
                     automatic transmission and attained the required 120-mph pace lap
                     speed without breaking a sweat.
     1969. Mr. Popular.
                     The 1969 Camaro won its second straight SCCA Trans-Am
                     championship, set the pace at Indy and was selected NASCAR
                     official pace car for its eight major stock-car races. CAR AND
                     DRIVER's readers' poll named it "the year's best sporty car," and
                     Chevrolet sold more models than ever.
     1970. The Next Generation.
                     The first major redesign of Camaro was ruled mostly by designers.
                     And, the unique shape and style of the car made it an instant hit. One
                     version of the new Camaro that (thankfully) never made it to
                     production was Camaro Station Wagon. If it were produced,
                     however, you would have presumably gotten your groceries home in
                     record time.
     1970. Big Bad Z-28.
                     Camaro Z-28, in conjunction with an SCCA rules change, upgraded
                     the stock V-8 engine from a 302cid to 350; essentially the same LT-1
                     engine that was in the Corvette that year. It blew the doors off almost
                     anything on wheels.
      1974. Whoops!
                     By mistake, the Z-28 decals on '74 models were printed with White
                     as a background color instead of Transparent. As a result, only decals
                     on White 1974 Z-28 models look as intended.
 
     1974. Farewell to Z.
                     The Arab oil embargo of 1973, coupled with tighter federal emissions
                     and noise regulations, made the future of Camaro Z-28 bleak. As
                     designer Jerry Palmer put it, "Chevrolet took the position that we'd
                     rather kill the car now before it died a slow, lingering death."
                     Production ceased after that model year until 1977.
 
     1974. IROC.
                     Penske Racing made the switch from Porsche to Camaro models for
                     the International Race Of Champion series. Incidentally, Camaro won
                     every IROC race that year. Then again, it couldn't lose.
 
       1977. Z-Revival.
                     Due in large part to TV coverage of IROC, the popularity of Camaro
                     once again soared. Chevy made the decision to bring back the Z-28,
                     this time with more emphasis on handling, to accurately reflect the
                     races.
 
     1978. The T-Top.
                     When people think T-Tops, they think Camaro. The winter of '78 saw
                     these grey-tinted, lift-out glass panels enter production. They were
                     coooool.
    1982. Third Generation. Third Indy 500.
                     For the third time ever and the first time in 12 years, Camaro
                     underwent a major redesign. The results were a success as Camaro
                     was selected to pace the Indianapolis 500, also for the third time. The
                     Z-28 was fully-loaded with a twin-TBI V-8 and available T-Top.
 
     1985. IROC-Z Package.
                     Minor exterior revisions were made for the model year and a special
                     Z-28 Package was offered, commemorating the International Race Of
                     Champions.
 
      1985. The Music Industry.
                     Camaro was immortalized in music when the neo-punk group "The
                     Dead Milkmen" released their college radio surprise hit song, Bitchin'
                     Camaro.
 
      1987. Convertible.
                     Even with T-Tops, some people still feel claustrophobic. Never fear,
                     the Camaro Convertible is here.
 
     1991. If You Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em.
                     Camaro made its debut as a law enforcement vehicle, making it quite
                     easy for the men in blue to track down Ford Mustangs on high speed
                     chases.
     1993. Fourth Generation. Fourth Indy 500.
                     With a totally redesigned body and significant mechanical
                     improvements, fourth-generation Camaro debuted. Retained were the
                     Camaro hallmarks -- a long hood, a short deck, beefy tires, a
                     menacing stance and its reputation as a racer. Camaro was selected
                     Official Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 a record fourth time.
 
      1997. The Big Three-Oh.
                     Yes, Camaro was 30 years old, and looking better all the time. The
                     optional 30th Anniversary Package, available on Z-28 Coupe and
                     Convertible, features a White exterior with Hugger Orange striping,
                     white aluminum wheels and black-and-white houndstooth seating
                     surfaces with available leather accents reminiscent of the 1969
                     Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car. Camaro was selected to pace the
                     Brickyard 400® at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in its 30th
                     anniversary colors.
     1998. New Look, More Muscle & All-American Attitude
                     Camaro’s new front-end design hints of its predecessors and sets high
                     standards for aggressive beauty. Put your foot down and the 200 hp,
                     3800 V6 responds with enthusiasm. The Z28 also grows some muscle
                     in `98 thanks to the 305 hp LS1 V8 under the sleek hood. And back
                     for 1998, the ultimate -- Camaro SS, with its LS1 V8 pumped up to
                     320 hp! Dramatic style, awesome power and all-American attitude --
                     There’s Just No Catching Camaro !
 
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