26
May
09

History of the Camaro, part 2

While the first generation gets all the glory in car magazines and eBay auctions, it was the second-generation of Camaro that General Motors truly put their heart & soul into.  Although it was still a unibody with sub-frames, the new pony car was built longer, lower and fatter than the previous generation, with aerodynamic styling inspired by much more expensive European sportscars.  Of course, being a good ol’ American-built machine, they had to add a slightly more aggressive touch to the elegant styling-namely, a front grill that’s going to eat you.

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The new hardtop-only machine screamed across dealer lots in February of 1970, with engine options ranging from an economical 250-cubic inch 6-cylinder producing a respectable 155 horsepower, to the all-powerful 396 big-block with 375 horsepower.  Chevy kept many of the packages and options from the previous generation, including the RS, SS, and Z/28 packages, the latter of which came with an early version of the LT-1 350 ci small-block engine.  It was indeed a powerful beginning to what should have been a powerful series of cars.

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1 Response to “History of the Camaro, part 2”


  1. 1 blasterhappy
    May 26, 2009 at 4:00 am

    As usual a GREAT PIECE and very accurate. Being a Second Gen Camaro owner I know this history like the back of my hand. The only thing that was a bit off was the scrapping of the’71/’72 cars. They were actually sent to Canada and sold/donated to Auto Trade Schools in the U.S. A lot of the cars made there way to becoming race cars. They are still to this day very popular on the dirt tracks. I own a true 1971 Camaro Z28 RS of which less than 6000 were actually produced for that model year. So they are a bit of a rarity.


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