Chevrolet anniversary marks half century for the Camaro image

The original pony car – Ford’s Mustang – appeared back in 1964, but the ardent competition from Chevrolet wasn’t far behind, as the first Camaro was sold on September 29, 1966.

Now the American brand has decided to honor the anniversary through a special section of the Chevrolet website, which is honoring all six generations of the Camaro using a selection of bespoke artworks that showcase some important facts, as well as photos of the legendary muscle car. “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,” commented Tom Peters, director of exterior design, Chevrolet Performance Cars. “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!”

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The Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, upped the ante by revealing the brand will be looking to deliver even “more exhilarating and stunning Camaros year after year” and as far as we can tell they’re looking ready to keep the promise. In 2017 the Chevrolet Camaro will receive the high-performance Z/28 version – which is going to give the Shelby Mustang GT350R a run for its money. We’re arguably looking at an upgraded version of the 7.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine of the previous generation sitting under the hood, with the stable lifted to about 550 horsepower.