Take A Look At The Coolest Collection Of Classic Camaros Ever Assembled

With the occasion of the 2016 Camaro’s introduction on Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, Chevrolet has showcased approximately 25 historic and milestone Camaro models, including the very first model ever built.

It was the first time Chevrolet gathered such a collection of historic production, concept and race cars from the first five generations of the Camaro.

Many of the cars on display were from the GM Heritage Collection, while others were loaned by private collectors for the special event. Let’s take a look at the most interesting of them.

1967 Camaro VIN #100001

The star of the exhibition was without a doubt the 1967 Camaro VIN #100001, the first one of 49 hand-built “pilot assembly” vehicles at the Norwood, Ohio plant in mid-1966. These were early models built for evaluation before regular production began. Powered by a 3.7-liter inline-six engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission, it was the car Chevrolet used for the public introduction of the Camaro, in August 1966. It was also used in a number of public relations photos and promotional films.

1967 Camaro Z/28

The original Z/28 package was developed specifically to homologate the new Camaro for SCCA’s popular Trans-Am road-racing series. It featured special chassis and suspension components, along with a unique 302-cubic-inch version of the small block V8 engine required to accommodate class rules limiting engine displacement to 305 cubic inches. Only 602 examples were built in 1967.

1968 Camaro Z/28 convertible

There was no first-generation Z/28 convertible available for the general public, but one was built for Chevrolet general manager Pete Estes. The hand-built specialty Camaro fulfilled his desire for a performance-oriented convertible with a full complement of features and helped convince him to keep the Z/28 in the lineup for 1969. His Z/28 convertible featured a number of special parts not offered on regular-production 1968 Z/28 models, including a cross-ram intake manifold, cowl-induction hood and four-wheel disc brakes.

1969 Camaro ZL1

The Cortez Silver Camaro ZL1 is number 66 of the 69 made in 1969 – all built through the COPO special order system with an all-aluminum 427 big-block engine. This example is one of only 12 ordered with the famous Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” four-speed manual transmission and one of only six delivered with Rally wheels.

1970 Camaro Z28 Hurst Sunshine Special

The first year of the Camaro’s second generation brought the Z/28 which featured a 360hp LT-1 engine. This unique version is the Hurst Sunshine Special, one of three cars built with a prototype power-sliding sunroof – a feature that never saw production.

1974 Camaro Z28

The 1974 Camaro’s facelift answered new federal bumper standards, bringing a new, sloping front-end design and wraparound taillamps. New extruded and polished aluminum front and rear bumper added nearly 7 inches to the car’s overall length.

1978 Camaro Z28

Camaro received another facelift in 1978 that introduced body-color, molded urethane front and rear fascias. This model is a Canadian-spec vehicle which features a 170hp 5.7-liter small block V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission.

1985 Camaro IROC-Z

Named for the International Race of Champions series, which pitted drivers from different racing series in identically prepared Camaro race cars, the IROC-Z production model brought more performance. It offered the all-new 5.0-liter Tuned Port Injection V8 engine, rated at 215hp, along with four-wheel disc brakes, special 16-inch wheels and additional exterior appointments.

1992 Camaro Z28 25th Anniversary

In 1992, Camaro celebrated its 25th anniversary and marked the final year of its third generation. All ’92 Camaro models received 25th anniversary badges on their instrument panels, but only a Camaro with the Heritage Package had another badge on the rear deck lid.

1993 Camaro Z28 Indy Pace Car

The fourth-generation Camaro generation was selected as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. The Z28 on which the Pace Car was based introduced the Gen II Small Block V-8. Dubbed LT1, the new 5.7-liter engine was rated at 275 hp – the most in a Camaro V8 since 1971.

1996 Camaro SS

Chevrolet marked the return of the Camaro SS in 1996 with a bold hood scoop, taller rear spoiler and ZR1-style 17-inch wheels – as well as more horsepower. The 5.7L LT1 engine was rated at 305hp.

2002 Camaro Z28

On August 27, 2002, in its 35th anniversary year, Chevrolet suspended production of the Camaro. This red Camaro Z28 convertible was the last car off the line that day.

2010 Camaro SS

Besides the 2006 and 2007 Camaro concepts, the exhibition features the first production fifth-generation Camaro built, carrying vehicle identification number #001.

Camaro Z/28 Nürburgring test car

This engineering prototype vehicle was used for the 7:37.40 run around the Green Hell.

PHOTO GALLERY

  • SamuraiJack

    So much want!

  • Six_Tymes

    wow, fantastic.

  • Lungs_of_Steel

    TYPO ALERT:

    “There was no first-generation Z/28 available for the general public…”

    Forgot the word CONVERTIBLE.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    I think I had that silver Camaro ZL1 on Forza Horizon.
    It was the best car I’ve never owned.

Nissan Builds 1 Millionth Juke In Sunderland Factory

Eight years after its debut, the popular Nissan Juke hits an important production milestone at the Sunderland factory in UK.

The Tragedy of Le Mans 1955 Animated In Artful Style

The 15-minute animated short aims to resolve one of the worst tragedies in motor racing history.

Suzuki Hustler Gets A Little Tougher, Wilder

Suzuki’s latest Hustler looks ready to take on the Mini Countryman and Fiat 500X.

Watch The Nio EP9 Set A New Goodwood Record For the Fastest Production EV

At just over 44 seconds, the Nio EP9 became the fastest production EV at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

Car Flies Through Median Strip, Rolls Over In Front Of Dashcam Car

This was a very close call and it was fortuitous that the out of control car didn’t hit anyone else.

BMW X2 M35i Sounds Fittingly Angry During Nurburgring Testing

BMW X2 buyers will soon have more options as a 300 HP version will join the range.

McLaren 600LT Puts On A Flame-Spitting Show At Goodwood

McLaren’s latest sports series model doesn’t need an aftermarket exhaust system to put on a fiery show.

Dodge Demon, Viper GTS And Corvette C6 ZR1 Go To Battle In Forza 7

If you can’t have a drag race in real life, the next best thing is to see what they’ll do on a driving simulator.

Customized Nissan GT-R Gets Adjustable Suspension, Bronze Rims

Thankfully, the ride height can be jacked up, or else it would scrape the underside in even the tiniest imperfection.

Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept Is Yet Another Flying Vehicle You Can’t Buy

Don’t get a loan just yet the Aston Martin Volante Vision is very much a concept.