The Early Camaro Defines American Muscle

Nothing says "Classic" quite like American Muscle, and nothing says "American Muscle" quite like a Chevrolet Camaro.

Since the early days the Camaro has been a force to be reckoned with, always stylish and always powerful. In 1966 when the first Camaro was pushed off the assembly line, as Chevy's answer to Ford's Mustang, heads were undoubtedly turning. The original Camaro was available in three different "packages" each with its own boast worthy amenities. The RS contained different parking lights and interior trim among other cosmetic items while the SS claimed a V8 which was the very first 350 engine that Chevy ever produced with other engine options available. Chevy, in a spark of marketing genius, offered the RS and the SS combined into one sleek and sporty muscle car.

There was one other Camaro released to the American public in 1966, but, with a 302 small block and four speed transmission, it was really never meant as an everyday driver. The Z-28 was released as a race car topping out at speeds of 140mph. There were fewer than 100 Z-28's sold in '67, but those that were claimed more than a few checkered flags on the race track. The Camaro was something of a hot commodity in the sixties, it was never the average "pony car" but the fact that the Camaro was available in three styles with four separate engine choices surely did not go unnoticed.

Chevy has tweaked the Camaro design many times over the years, each generation having it's own personality. The original Camaro was more box-like, with sharper angles and a tougher feel. Then, in the 90's the design became more rounded and aerodynamic with a slightly sloping hood and a rounded rear end. The newer model is getting back to basics while also attracting a whole new crowd of Camaro lovers with its sleek updated look. Chevy has released five generations of the Camaro, each one a little bit different, while somehow always remaining the same. Where it really matters, under the hood, the Camaro is just as enviable as it has always been, whether it's a V8 or a V6, a manual, or an automatic, the Camaro is still a head turner with that engine revving tingle "car guys" have come to associate with pure power. 

These days the Camaro hasn't lost it's allure, it's still "American Muscle" at its best and the earlier models left on the road have classic written all over them. More often than not older Camaros are being restored back to their original beauty by car connoisseurs, but there will always be more than a few teenage boys who fall in love with the Camaro. Chevrolet recently released the fifth generation Camaro, which was debuted in the Transformers movie as the lovable "bumblebee" appropriately named like the original Camaros available with "bumblebee" stripes, and while there are no t-tops to be found, the fifth generation is most definitely a throw back to the "good ole days." 

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