1979 Chevrolet

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta GM 350 Crate Motor Automatic Power Steering PDB

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1981 Chevrolet
Camaro Z/28

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 36K Original Miles 350 V8 Automatic Factory AC PS PDB

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2002 Chevrolet
Camaro SS

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible SLP 345HP 5.7L LS1 48K Original Miles

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1995 Chevrolet
Camaro Z/28

1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 12,000 Original Miles 5.7L 350 Automatic Posi Rear AC

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1969 Chevrolet
Camaro COPO 427

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Copo L72 MacNeish Certified 427 M21 Munce 12 Bolt Posi

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1968 Chevrolet
Camaro SS 396

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Certified to be built by Bill Thomas of BTRC in CA



1967 Chevrolet
Camaro Pace Car

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car 1970 396

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History of the Classic Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro burst onto the scene as Chevrolet’s response to the Ford Mustang. The first generation of Camaro went on sale on September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year. It shared a platform and other major components with the Pontiac Firebird, which was also introduced for the ‘67 model year.

Appropriately for such an iconic car, the Camaro’s history started with drama. Before any official announcement, reports began running during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, code-named Panther. In the summer of 1966, General Motors Public Relations sent a telegram out to automotive journalists inviting them to an "important SEPAW meeting," followed the next day by another message explaining that the meeting would be the first and last meeting of the "Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World."

The Camaro was first shown at a press preview in Detroit, Michigan in June of 1966 - announced at the “SEPAW” meeting that GM had so mysteriously organized. The Camaro was given, as was tradition, a named beginning with C to match the others produced by Chevrolet - Corvair, Chevelle, Chevy II, and Corvette. The name, not found in an English dictionary, was taken from a French slang for “friend” or “comrade.” The name, was to suggest that the same comradeship of good friends should be felt by an owner towards his automobile. When the automotive press asked “what is a camaro?” they were told it was “a small animal that eats Mustangs.”

The Camaro made its first appearance in Los Angeles, California later that year, and public introduction of the new model was on September 26, 1966. The Camaro officially went on sale in dealerships on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year.

Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. The nameplate was revived on a concept car that evolved into the fifth-generation Camaro - production started on March 16, 2009

Smoky Mountain Traders hand selects the best classic Camaros on the market, and offers only the best to you. Please contact us today with any questions about our classic Camaro selection.