The Chevrolet Camaro is a mid-size American automobile manufactured by Chevrolet, classified as a pony car and also as a muscle car with some versions. It first went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The Camaro shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.
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. Over 5 million Camaros have been sold.
According to the book The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967, the name Camaro was conceived by Chevrolet merchandising manager Bob Lund and General Motors vice president Ed Rollett, while they were reading the book Heath’s French and English Dictionary by James Boielle and by de V. Payen-Payne printed in 1936. In the book The Complete Book of Camaro, it states that Mr. Lund and Mr. Rollett found the word Camaro in the French-English dictionary was slang, to mean “friend, pal or comrade”. The article further repeated Estes’s statement of what the word caramo was meant to imply, that the car’s name “suggests the comradeship of good friends, as a personal car should be to its owner”. The accepted French word with the closest meaning is “camarade”, from which the English word “comrade” is derived.
The Camaro was first shown at a press preview in Detroit on September 21, 1966, and later in Los Angeles, on September 19, 1966. Public introduction of the new model was on September 26, 1966. The Camaro offically went on sale in dealerships on September 26, 1966 for the 1967 model year.
The first-generation Camaro debuted in September 1966. It was produced for the 1967 to 1969 model years on a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform as a two-door 2+2 in coupe and convertible models. The base engine was 230 cu in (3.8 L) inline-6, with a 250 cu in (4.1 L) six or 302 cu in (4.9 L), 307 cu in (5.0 L), 327 cu in (5.4 L), 350 cu in (5.7 L), and 396 cu in (6.5 L) V8s as options. Concerned with the runaway success of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet executives realized that the sporty version of their compact rear-wheel drive Corvair, the Monza, would not be able to generate the sales volume of the Mustang due to limitations with that layout (including its inability to share that whole range of Chevrolet engines) and declining sales, partly due to the negative publicity from Ralph Nadar’s book, Unsafe at Any Speed.
We will be removing the engine to rebuild it, installing power steering, radiator, stereo and connecting speakers.
We have removed the hood and radiator in order to get the engine out.
The engine has been removed from the vehicle.
We have torn down the lifters and cams are worn down.
Installed new spindle, wheel bearings, calipers, and brake line to the vehicles.