The response of Chevrolet the Mustang that became an icon.
Although coincide with the first official day of the Paris Salon of 2016, has not gone unnoticed as historically significant as it is today, in which we meet nothing less than 50 years of the official commencement of the marketing of the Chevrolet Camaro. Half a century of life for one of the models most important, not only of the mark or of the u.s. market, but of the whole history of the engine.
The Camaro, which initially arose as a response to the Ford Mustang, he knew how to quickly earn his own space in the market, without having to be under the shadow of the pony car from Ford. Becoming a icon of the motor racing american, although as a general rule, the Ford Mustang is immediately mentioned as it speaks of the origins of the Camaro..
Ironically, the Mustang was born as a response to the Chevrolet Corvair Monza, and some time after, a few engineers and designers that worked in General Motors at that time, revealed that GM really was already working on designs similar to the Camaro from the year 1958. Models that never reached the market due to the low interest of the company in this segment.
Camaro Z/28 first generation.
it Is worth pointing out, that unlike the Mustang, the Camaro has not been marketed continuously during these 50 years, since it disappeared from the market during a good part of the last decade. However, this fact was not lost importance in the face to the fans, in the same way that he was able to survive the unfortunate, automovilísticamente speaking, the decade of the seventies, in which, as all the models performance in the u.s. market, the Camaro had to suffer the most adverse conditions at the commercial level.
In total, the Camaro has enjoyed 6 generations, more beloved by fans than others, but that remains a benchmark for the majority of the public.
The Camaro came out in 1966 the market as the ” model 1967. Based on the Chevrolet Nova compact, the Camaro offered not only a great package of frame and mechanical, in addition it was the perfect base for a great variety of versions and variants sports, that have really shaped the history of the model.
Camaro Z/28 second generation.
During its first generation, which was on the market between MY 1967 and MY 1970 (1970 ½ for the more purists), the pony car from Chevy enjoyed many versions of it, called in the united States packages of finish or performance, as the RS , or Rally Sport, the SS or Super Sport, the Z/28 or even, though not many know it, the radical ZL1, the Camaro’s more brutal and should not have been born, but that he came to the streets thanks to an absurd bureaucratic mistake, as we told you at the time.
Already in his own presentation, the executives from Chevrolet could not hide the fact that were aimed at the Ford Mustang, even to answer, to the question what is a Camaro, with the now legendary response ”is a small animal that eats Mustangs”. Note that Mustang is the word that is defined in the united States to the free horses, or wild, as I discussed in its day, when we analyze the origin Spanish of the name Mustang.
What is certain is that the real origin of the word has never been clear at all, what is certain is that the Camaro continued the brand’s tradition of starting all their names with the letter C, as a Chevelle or Corvette. In theory, the executives of Chevy found the word “camarade” in a French dictionary, which literally means friend or companion, however, the word Camaro has no meaning, to the less well-known. During a good part of its development, one of the names chosen was Chaparral, although the code name was Panther and the project code that was assigned to it was XP-836.
Camaro Z/28 third generation.
At the beginning of 1970 came to the market with the second-generation Camaro, which premiered new size and new style according to some historians, was inspired in the models of the Italian Ferrari. This generation was the one that had the misfortune of living in the decade of the seventies and therefore, having to survive to the successive energy crises that hit the international economy during those years.
For this reason, this generation was so long in the market, reaching up to the model 1981. The development budget for this type of models quickly vanished from the first Oil Crisis, in 1973, so the Camaro had to be adapted to the new regulations, anti-pollution and radical transformation of the market, which began to sue smaller models, practical and economical.
At the end of the life cycle of the second generation, the Camaro’s base was only a few 115 horses, which contrasts with the 155 that enjoyed the same version of access, twelve years before.
Camaro SS fourth generation.
In 1981 was born the third generation of the model, which suffered one of the design changes most important in the history of the model. Marketed in 1981 as a model 1982, the Camaro’s third generation premiered a few traits are completely different, while respecting the proportions of your body-original, hood long and the back short.
This generation debuted improvements in the frame and injection system for the first time in the model and was the first Camaro that incorporated brake light rear central, which had to be added in the model in 1986, the same that introduced the famous version IROC Z, which stands for International Race of Champions.
The fourth generation came in 1993, with numerous changes to rack-level however, it was an evolution in the aesthetic with respect to the previous generation, going from the sharp lines and profiles square to the smooth and organic curves that defined all the models designed in this decade.
Camaro SS fifth generation.
This generation was a leap in technology and power with respect to the anemic Camaro of the 80’s. The fifth iteration of the model came to share V8 engines with the C5 Corvette, as the V8 LS1 5.7-liter, the first aluminum block was offered in the Camaro since the late sixties Chevrolet marketed the few units in the wild Camaro ZL1 of 1969.
despite having a range very heterogeneous, both at the mechanistic level as bodywork versions, the fourth generation meant the end of the Camaro just released the TWENTY-first century. The low sales of the models based on the platform F-body, Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird, were responsible for that, between 2002 and 2009, there were no Camaro’s at dealers Chevrolet.
According to progressed to the first decade of the TWENTY-first century, the diverse currents of retro design and the height of the models performance, favored that Chevrolet would return to put on paper the Camaro, with the launch of a concept that was endowed with the image of the first generation of the model.
Camaro SS sixth generation.
The excellent response that had both this concept as the prototype similar to the Mustang presented by Ford, were the spur to that in 2009 will begin manufacture of the fifth generation of the pony car from Chevy, whose success can only be comparable to that of the first generation model, in which precisely was based aesthetically.
The new Camaro retro was all a success from the first moment, which resulted not only in multiple versions during its commercial life, but in the continuation of the saga with the arrival in 2015 of the sixth generation, which develops the aesthetic concept of the Camaro V but that represented a huge qualitative leap in technology compared to its predecessor.
In these 50 years, the Camaro has never ceased to be a reference, sports and aesthetic of the brand. That despite having a model standard as is the Corvette, has always enjoyed a Camaro with much prominence in the market, at the height of the Mustang.