The First Generation: 1967 to 1969
The Camaro’s first generation car made its debut September of 1966. The car was made as the 1967 model year, with that model lasting through 1969. The 1969 model was built on a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a two door couple or a convertible with 2+2 seating. It also came with a choice of cubit inches available. The Ford Mustang, Chevy’s competition, had become a huge success so Chevrolet knew they must do something. The Chevy Corvair would not be able to generate the sales needed even though it was a compact sporty car because of it’s rear-engine design and the negative publicity it received from Ralph Nader’s book, Unsafe at Any Speed. With that in mind, the Camaro was built with same front engine configuration as the Chevy II Nova and the Mustang. The Camaro was also designed to fit in a variety of power plants in the engine bay. This first generation Camaro design lasted through 1969 and eventually inspired the new retro design of the fifth generation Camaro.
This first generation Camaro offer three editions: the standard edition, Super Sport edition, and the Rally Sport edition. The Z/28 model was offered in 1967 as well and featured stripes on the hood and the trunk, rally road wheels, and a V8 engine.
The Second Generation: 1970 to 1981
The second generation Camaro was introduced in February 1970. Production continued with this model through the 1981 model year. There were a few cosmetic changes made in both 1974 and 1978 model year, though. This generation’s car came with a larger and wider body with new styling. It was still rather similar to the first generation, though, in that it was still based on the F-body platform with a unibody structure and a front subframe. It also had an A-arm front suspension and leaf springs to control the rear axle which was solid. In August 1971, Road & Track chose the 1971 SS350 as one of the top 10 cars in the world.