A detailed history of Chevrolet’s specialized sport coupe and classic Pony car during the classic 1967-81era. Relive those outlandish hi po Camaros, from legendary speed shops Baldwin-Motion, Dana, Nickey and Yenko.
Chevrolet was Number One in the sales race – 2.6 million owners can’t be wrong – and if you needed a car, chances are Chevrolet made it. However, in 1964 there arose a problem. Some guy at Ford came up with a car called the Mustang – maybe you’ve heard of it? But don’t worry: with the fuel crisis, insurance, and inflation pressuring consumers and businesses alike, America sought a new kind of coupe, and Chevrolet had a solution called the Camaro.
In racing, where you are on lap one, isn’t nearly as important as your position when the checkered flag falls. By 1981, Camaro was so far in front of Mustang, Henry needed binoculars to see the Z28‘s taillights! Part of the speed shop scene, the Camaro was modified by the most famous names of the muscle car era. In racing, Chevrolet’s pony left no stone unturned, inside and outside America.
Away from the track, the Bowtie Boys outsold the Mustang, with the Z28 having the upper hand in the Chevrolet versus Ford rivalry, with Chevy’s dedicated coupe even outfoxing Ford’s sedan based Mustang.
If the Corvette is the King of American sportscars, then ‘The Hugger‘ must be the Prince of Ponies!
- The first book dedicated solely to the history of the Chevrolet Camaro from 1967 to 1981