Chevrolet rolled out the 1967 Camaro on Sept. 29, 1966, launching a 2+2 alternative to the pure-sport Corvette two-seater for drivers who had more than one passenger.
Since then, Camaro cultivated a following almost as devoted and fanatical as that of the original pony car, the Ford Mustang.
“Through the course of its iconic 50-year history, Camaro has been a reflection of the times, forging in passionate influences from customers, development teams and racing technology,” said Tom Peters, director of exterior design, Chevrolet Performance Cars, on the occasion of the car's 50th anniversary in 2016. “What has remained consistent is the beautifully simple and powerful sculpture that has stayed instantly recognizable to our customers and enthusiasts of all ages. I have the same passion today as when I saw a Camaro for the very first time. It just makes you smile!”
One advantage the Camaro has always had over the Mustang has been the small block Chevy powerplant, which has usually boasted some advantages over Ford's equivalent in terms of power, efficiency, and availability of tuner parts. This has cultivated fans' excitement for the Camaro. “Camaro fans share a lot of creative passion for the car — passion for performance and for styling — that was passed along in every generation,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Camaro’s 50th birthday reminds us of Chevy’s history of ingenuity and design excellence. We want to honor our past by creating more exhilarating and stunning Camaros year after year, and that’s what we plan to do.”
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