Berkshire SL5 7JX
Saturday 2 October 2010 at 3pm
General Motors was surprised by the runaway success of the Ford Mustang on its launch in 1965 and so plans to respond had to be accelerated. Rumours of a rival to the Mustang started in 1965 and were confirmed in a press conference in June 1966 when project XP-836 was announced. The finished Camaro was shown at previews in Detroit and Los Angeles in mid-September 1966.
The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro was released to the public on 26 September 1966 for the 1967 model year on an all new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door coupé or convertible with 2+2 seating and a choice of six-cylinder and V8 power plants.
The Chevrolet Camaro soon found success in Trans-Am and NASCAR racing, which endorsed its sporting image. In 1967 the Camaro appeared as official pace car in the Indianapolis 500 and the following year the Camaro driven by race legend Mark Donohue won the Trans-Am champ