This year marks the 45th anniversary of the popular Chevrolet Camaro. In its first year of production, over 220,000 Camaro’s were sold, including over 25,000 convertibles.
The Camaro was based on the 1968 Chevy Nova platform, and featured a uni-body structure in the windshield and firewall back, using another steel railing sub-frame for all front. The 1967 foundation Camaro sport Coupe was lean, competitive and came at a cost of $2,466. The Camaro was accessible from conception in a hardtop, coupe and convertible body styles, and might be order with almost 80 mill options and 40 seller accessories.
The next generation Camaro was produced from 1970 to 1981. Heavy cosmetic changes were made and the Camaro became both bigger and wider. The first fuel injection system was provided from the next generation Camaro from 1982 to 1992. The fourth generation Camaro debuted with an upgraded F-body platform, but retained the very same features that the Camaro was famous for. The 2010, fifth generation Camaro was called the World Car Layout of the Year in the World Car of the Year awards.
The past 45 years have seen lots of changes to the Camaro versions, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that the Camaro represents one of the powerhouses of the Muscle Car segment. Camaro’s have been everything from passenger cars and speed cars to police cars on duty.
For its 2012 variant, the Camaro has model year upgrades which have a tougher version of the vehicle’s standard 3.6-liter direct injection V6 engine. The new LFX engine pumps out 323 horsepower, an increase of 11 horsepower in the prior model.
Chevrolet has also updated the muscle car’s suspension, including a new FE4 system intended to provide flatter cornering and better managing ability.
The 45th Anniversary Package, to be offered on Camaro’s 2LT and 2SS trim levels, will consist of unique design elements like a red-and-silver rally stripe on the Carbon Flash metallic paint, badges under front fender emblems, 20-inch wheels, jet-black leather trimmed seats with anniversary logos, white instrumental panel with special emblem, and a distinctive logo on the steering wheel and plates.
“All Camaros in 2012 will get important improvements as we push momentum ahead,” commented David Caldwell, a Chevrolet spokesman. “The 45th Anniversary Edition carriers ahead our heritage.”
The Anniversary Edition Camaro was formally unveiled in the Camaro5 Fest II in Arizona. Camaro5 Fest II is a meeting of North American Camaro fans that organizers believe are the greatest gathering of Camaro fans .