15 OF THE MOST COLLECTIBLE CLASSIC CAMAROS ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET


Publish date: 2016-03-04 11:57:53
1969 Yenko Camaro

It’s a rare feat to bring all together under one roof the most collectable classic Camaros on the face of the planet – and tagging numbers such as the top 10, 15, or even 50 of this or that doesn’t really offer much help. Don’t get me wrong. I know at some point we have to label these brutes one way or another. But putting a limit in such a “historic magnitude” really dampens the excitement by leaving out some of the cream on top from this wonderful gathering.

With that said, Chevrolet rightfully deserves two thumbs-up for pulling out such a gigantic task. “Heritage has always been part of the Camaro ownership experience and this ‘museum’ of Camaro’s history shows how design and performance came together over the years to make it one of America’s most iconic cars,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “It also provides a great opportunity to trace the lineage and cues – right up to the all-new 2016 Camaro – that evolved through the generations, while maintaining an unmistakable identity.”

So let’s try to step back a little and appreciate the view from a distance, from this one-of-a-kind collection of Chevrolet Camaros. Like an art connoisseur inspecting a piece of tapestry, let’s take a look at this portion of history where the Camaro reigned supreme and see how this classic muscle cars – those that prevailed for two full decades from 1967 to 1987 – have influenced the very fabric of our motoring lives.

Pictures and vehicle descriptions are courtesy of Hotrod.com.

1967 Camaro – VIN #100001

“This 1967 Camaro is documented as the very first of 49 hand-built “pilot assembly” vehicles built at the Norwood, Ohio plant in mid-1966.”

 

1967 Camaro

1967 Camaro Z/28

“Developed specifically to homologate the new Camaro for SCCA’s popular Trans-Am road-racing series, the Z/28 package was developed with special chassis and suspension components, along with a unique 302-cubic-inch version of the small block V-8 engine required to accommodate class rules limiting engine displacement to 305 cubic inches.”

1967 Camaro Z28

1967 Camaro “Grumpy’s Toy” 

“This is the legendary Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins 396-powered Camaro that tore through NHRA’s Super Stock class for the 1967 championship.”

 1967 Camaro GRUMPY TOY

1968 Camaro Z/28 convertible

“A one-of-none special model – the Z/28 wasn’t offered as a convertible – built for Chevrolet general manager Pete Estes, this hand-built specialty Camaro not only fulfilled his desire for performance-oriented convertible with a full complement of features, but helped convince him to keep the Z/28 in the lineup for 1969.”

 1968 Camaro Z28 convertible

1969 Camaro ZL1

“This Cortez Silver Camaro ZL1 is number 66 of the 69 built in 1969 – all built through the COPO special order system with an all-aluminum 427 big-block engine.”

1969 Camaro ZL1

1969 Yenko Camaro

“Another COPO special order-based performance model – with an iron-block 427 engine – this is one of around 200 created by Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealer Don Yenko.”

1969 Yenko Camaro

1967/1968 Camaro Z/28 Penske/Sunoco race car

“After an inauspicious start with the Camaro in 1967, the team of Roger Penske experimented with a lightweight body using acid-dipped sheet metal, which helped give this Camaro a competitive edge.”

28 Penske

1970 Camaro Z28 ‘Hurst Sunshine Special’

“It was the first year of the Camaro’s second generation and was also the high water mark for its performance, with the 1970 Camaro Z28’s 360-hp LT-1 engine.”

1970 Camaro Z28

1974 Camaro Z28

“Representing the first year of a new, sloping front-end design and wraparound taillamps, the 1974 Camaro’s facelift answered new federal bumper standards.”

1974 Camaro Z28

1977 Camaro Z28

“After a two-year absence, the Z28 returned to the Camaro lineup with its ’77 Camaro Z28 with a greater emphasis handling, and was distinguished by blacked-out trim and a unique intake scoop-inspired hood graphic.”

1977 Camaro Z28

1978 Camaro Z28

“Camaro received a facelift in 1978 that introduced body-color, molded urethane front and rear fascias.”

1978 Camaro Z28

1981 Camaro Pro Stock race car

“This historic Reher-Morrison drag racer was driven by Lee Shepherd in 1981 to the team’s first of four consecutive NHRA Pro Stock titles – domination driven by NHRA’s change to a 500-cubic-inch engine size.”

1981 Camaro Pro Stock race car

1982 Camaro Z28 Indy Pace Car

“For first year of its third generation, Camaro was selected as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Based on the Camaro Z28, which featured the first-ever use of electronic fuel injection, two specially modified examples – the primary Pace Car and a back-up – featured all-aluminum versions of the 5.7L small-block engine, producing 250 horsepower.”

1982 Camaro Z28 Indy Pace Car

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 a higher degree of performance to the street in the 1980s. It offered the all-new 5.0L Tuned Port Injection V-8 engine, rated at 215 hp, along with four-wheel disc brakes, special 16-inch wheels and additional exterior appointments.”

1985 Camaro IROC-Z

1987 Camaro IROC-Z convertible

“This 1987 Camaro IROC-Z represents the first Camaro convertible model offered since 1969. All convertible models in 1987 were converted from production “T-top” coupes by ASC International.”

1987 Camaro IROC-Z convertible Reference:
http://www.hotrod.com/news/1602-check-out-27-of-the-most-iconic-and-rare-camaros-planet/
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http://image.hotrod.com/

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