This year marks the 45th anniversary of the popular Chevrolet Camaro. Built in response to Fords pony car, the Mustang, the Chevy Camaro is now outselling its rival for 2011. The first 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was named after the French word for”comrade.” In its first year of production, more than 220,000 Camaro’s were sold, including over 25,000 convertibles.
The Camaro was based on the 1968 Chevy Nova platform, and featured a uni-body structure in the windshield and firewall back, with a separate steel railing sub-frame for all front. The 1967 base Camaro sport Coupe was lean, competitive and came at a cost of $2,466. The Camaro was accessible from conception in a hardtop, coupe and convertible body styles, and could be order with nearly 80 factory options and 40 dealer accessories.
The next generation Camaro was produced from 1970 to 1981. Heavy cosmetic changes were made and the Camaro became both larger and wider. The first fuel injection system was provided from the next generation Camaro from 1982 to 1992. The fourth generation Camaro debuted with an upgraded F-body platform, but retained the very same characteristics that the Camaro was known for. The 2010, fifth generation Camaro was named the World Car Layout of the Year at the World Car of the Year awards.
The last 45 years have seen many changes to the Camaro versions, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that the Camaro represents one of the powerhouses of the Muscle Car segment. Camaro’s have been everything from passenger cars and speed cars to police cars on duty.
For its 2012 edition, the Camaro has model year upgrades which include a tougher version of the vehicle’s standard 3.6-liter direct injection V6 engine. The new LFX engine pumps out 323 horsepower, an increase of 11 horsepower from the prior model. The 2012 Camaro gets an estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg.
Chevrolet has also updated the muscle car’s suspension, including a new FE4 system designed to give flatter cornering and better managing ability. This is due to returned front and rear dampers and a new front and rear stabilizer bar.
The 45th Anniversary Package, to be offered on Camaro’s 2LT and 2SS trim levels, will include unique design elements like a red-and-silver rally stripe on the Carbon Flash metallic paint, badges under front fender emblems, 20-inch wheels, jet-black leather trimmed seats with anniversary logos, white instrumental panel with special logo, and a special logo on the steering wheel and plates.
“All Camaros in 2012 will get important improvements as we push momentum forward,” commented David Caldwell, a Chevrolet spokesman. “The 45th Anniversary Edition carriers forward our heritage.”
The Anniversary Edition Camaro was officially unveiled in the Camaro5 Fest II in Arizona. Camaro5 Fest II is a meeting of North American Camaro enthusiasts that organizers believe would be the greatest gathering of Camaro fans .