History of the Chevrolet Camaro

chevrolet camaroOn August 11, 1966, the first Chevrolet Camaro came off the production line in Norwood, Ohio. Before the magnificently furnished presentation of the novelty, there was still more than a month left. But everyone who participated in creating the model knew – the Ford Mustang had a strong competitor!

– What can I say, a great car!
– Simon Knudsen, not hiding admiration, looked at the full-size mock-up of the two-door sports coupe. – Simply super, and all of you – great fellows! But there is one problem … Understand, at the moment, Chevrolet does not have the time and money to create another car. Excuse me…

So in the autumn of 1963, President Chevrolet made a mistake, costing the company many millions of dollars to profit, and to himself, a further career in General Motors. The project of the sports model, proposed by Erwin Rybicki’s design team, did not find understanding, and so it remained a project. Then show Mr. Knudsen a little more perspicacity, and perhaps the Chevrolet Camaro would appear on the market not in 1966, but two years earlier. What is the difference, ask? Great! In that case, there may be, in the world, and there would not be a legend named Mustang …

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Debuting in the spring of 1964 Ford Mustang marked the beginning of a new subspecies of American cars known as pony cars. Small in size, but elegant in appearance, they differed in sporting image and driving characteristics. Mustang, which became a bestseller of universal scale, is rightfully the most vivid embodiment of this segment. However, considering him the progenitor of the class is mistaken. In the end, two weeks before the noisy debut of Ford, the fastback sales of Plymouth Barracuda, which was completely suited to the “pony car” format, started. But the main thing is that both Barracuda and Mustang itself became the answer of Chrysler and Ford to the almost forgotten today Chevrolet Corvair Monza of General Motors Corporation. This spectacular externally and technically non-trivial two-seater sports model in the early 60’s became a real surprise for America’s automotive industry.

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