This year is one celebration after another: BMW turns 100, the Lamborghini Miura is half a century old and the Chevrolet Camaro has also turned 50 years old.
Yes, the muscle car rivalry is that old, with the Mustang closely followed by the Camaro in terms of age. Now the Historic Vehicle Association, with its mission to promote the cultural significance of iconic automobiles, has made a completely understandable decision – have the Camaro enlisted into its registry. The special event will be celebrated in style – the entry into the Historic Vehicle Association’s register will be marked by displaying the Chevrolet Camaro VIN #100001 in Detroit. The model will be up for admiring quips between August 13 and 20, when the annual Woodward Dream Cruise is also taking place.
A model rushed into production – 36 months from development to introduction – the Camaro managed to wipe away the ugly legacy of the rear-engined Corvair and set the pace for a completely new performance era at Chevrolet. And compared to current ideas about how to introduce a car, the 1966 Camaro was announced as a new model in June, revealed in August and the dealerships were stocked by September. The pony car is now the third most popular collector car at home in the United States, while the automaker at first thought about naming its new model the Panther.