Chevrolet Camaro Classic

1960s Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is a mid-size muscle car/ pony car manufactured by Chevrolet.  It was designed and marketed to compete against the Ford Mustang, the original pony car.

The Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird were based on the same platform and shared many internal components with each other. These cars were GM’s answer to the Ford Mustang and its up-class variant, the Mercury Cougar.

1967 pontiac firebird
1967 pontiac firebird

Chevrolet Camaro went on sale on September 29, 1966, as a 1967 model year car alongside the Pontiac Firebird.

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Chevrolet didn’t officially release their plans to unveil a Ford Mustang competitor, but by the mid-1965, reports were resurfacing about a possible GM product aimed at the Ford Mustang. This rumored project was codenamed as the Panther, according to the insiders.

On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive reviewers and journalists received a telegram from General Motors that they are interested in the presence of the journalists for an important SEPAW meeting to give a helping hand to scratch a cat. This telegram was personally signed by John L Cutter, SEPAW secretary and of Chevrolet Public relations. 

“………. Please save noon of June 28 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow………………. (signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet Public Relations – SEPAW Secretary.”

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro was based on the all-new GM F-body rear-wheel-drive platform. Following the Mustang design, Chevrolet Camaro also sported a two-door, four-seat layout.

It was available either as a hardtop with or without a center pillar, or a convertible.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible

The powertrain options were either a straight-six engine or a V8.

Almost all the 1967 to 1969 Chevrolet Camaro cars were built in the two U.S assembly plants in Norwood, Ohio, and Van Nuys, California.

Five non-US Camaro assembly plants were located in Belgium, Switzerland, Venezuela, Peru, and the Philippines to comply with their local assembly requirements.

The cars assembled at the Biel GM facility in Switzerland were equipped with a 4.6-liter (283 cu) V8. This engine produced 195 horsepower at 4800rpm and maximum torque of 185 lb-ft at 2400rpm. This engine wasn’t available for US-built Camaro variants.

The Swiss-built Chevrolet Camaro was not available with the three-speed manual and had a differential lock and front disc brakes as standard.

These changes were to comply with Swiss highway and safety requirements.  

3.8-liter (230 cu) straight six, 4.1-liter (250 cu) straight six, a 4.6-liter (283 cu) small block V8, 4.9-liter (302 cu) Z28 V8, 5.0-liter (307 cu) L14 V8, 5.4-liter (327 cu) LF7/L30 V8, 5.7-liter LM1/L65 V8, 6.5-liter (396 cu) L34/L78/ L89 V8, and a 7.0-liter (427 cu) L72/ZL1 V8 was available for the first-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe engine

The available transmissions were a three-speed (standard), four-speed manual transmissions, a two-speed Torque Drive semi-automatic transmission, a two-speed Powerglide automatic for six-cylinder engines, or a three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 automatic transmission (from 1968).

The Chevrolet Camaro was offered with either a 3.8-liter (230 cu) straight-six engine delivering 140 horsepower at 4400rpm and maximum torque of 220 lb-ft at 1600rpm, or a 5.4-liter (307 cu) V8 as standard. The standard transmission unit was a three-speed manual.

The engine options were eight in 1967, 10 in 1968, and 12 in 1969.

The trim levels were the RS, SS, and Z/28.

Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport

1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS
1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS
1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS 327

Rally Sport or RS was an appearance package and included hidden headlights, revised headlights, rear backup lights under the rear bumper, RS badging, and exterior trim. This package was available for any Chevrolet Camaro model.

Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396
1967-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS-350
1967-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS-350

The SuperSport or SS package was a performance-oriented one and included a 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 or a 6.5-liter (396 cu) V8. The chassis and suspension were upgraded for better handling and to comply with extra torque. It also featured nonfunctional hood air inlets, special striping, and SS badging.

Z/28 Performance Package

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Z/28 performance package was designed to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am Series. A solid lifter 4.9-liter (302 cu) V8, four-speed manual transmission, power disc brakes were included to improve overall performance and braking. To make it look more unique, two wide skunk stripes down the hood and trunk lid were added along with Z/28 badging.

Such a wide variety of packages, engines, transmission units, and trim levels were provided to give the customer an opportunity to personalize the car as per their requirements, thus increasing its approach to a wider audience.

 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

1967-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS-Convertible
1967-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS-Convertible

The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was based on the F-body platform which it shared with its variant the Plymouth Firebird.

The sub-frame and semi unibody design was shared with the 1968 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova.

Almost eighty factory options and 40 dealer options were available to customize the car according to personal needs.

The Chevrolet Camaro SS came equipped with either one of these three engine options.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350

The base engine was a 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8. This engine was delivering 295 horsepower at 4800rpm and a maximum torque of 380 lb-ft at 3200rpm.

The 6.5-liter big-block L35 and L78 V8 engines developed 375 horsepower at 5600rpm and 415 lb-ft of torque at 3600rpm.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS

SS package also featured non-functional air inlets on the hood, special stripes on the hood, and the boot lid.

It also included SS badging on the grille, front fenders, fuel cap, and horn button.

The RS package was simply an appearance package and it was entirely possible to order both packages at the same time, making it a SS/RS.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS 396

In 1967, a Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS convertible equipped with a 6.5-liter (396 cu) V8 was chosen as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

The Z/28 package was introduced in December 1966 for the 1967 model year. It was conceived by Vince Piggins according to his idea of offering a race-ready Camaro from the factory with a factory warranty. The Z/28 could be ordered from any dealership, but it wasn’t listed on any official sales catalogue or document, making it unknown to many.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Z/28 nameplate was a reference to the RPO codes. The RPOZ28 was the code for the Special Performance Package. RPOZ27 was for the SuperSport Package. 

The Z/28 package included front disc power brakes, a Muncie four-speed manual close-ratio transmission as standard, and positraction was available as optional.

The 4.9-liter (302 cu) V8 had a stroker crankshaft with a four-inch bore, an aluminum intake manifold, a four-barrel vacuum, a secondary Holley carburetor of 780 cfm.  This engine was specifically designed and produced to compete in Trans Am Series. To comply with the Trans-Am regulations, they had to keep the engine displacement under 5.0-liter (305 cu).

The official power output was rated at 290 horsepower, but it made more power than that.  The reason for this was the Chevrolet’s decision to keep the horsepower rating at less than 1 horsepower per cubic inch to comply with lower insurance charges and to comply with regulations regarding racing classes.

The suspension was upgraded to offer better handling. 15-inch rally wheels were included for the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 while all other variants were equipped with 14-inch wheels.  

Z 28 badges
Z28 front
skunk racing stripes

To make it look unique, the car was given skunk racing strips on the hood and rear trunk lid, 302 emblems on the front fender for the 1967 and early 1968 cars, and Z/28 emblems on the late 1968 and 1969 cars.

Only 602 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 cars were sold in 1967 along with approximately 100 Indianapolis Pac Car replicas.

1967 and 1968 model year cars did not feature a cowl induction hood, but this was optional for the 1969 Z/28 cars.


The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 received air from an open element air cleaner or from an optional cowl plenum duct attached to the side of the air cleaner that ran to the firewall and got air from the cowl vents.

 Production numbers are as follows.

The Base variant: 121,051.

RS variant: 64,842.

SS variant: 34,411.

Z/28 Variant: 602.

The total production for 1967 was 220,906 cars.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1968 model year saw only minor stylist changes.

However, the side vent windows were deleted due to the introduction of Astro Ventilation, a fresh air inlet system as standard.

Side marker lights were added on the front and rear fenders to comply with Federal Highway and Safety requirements.

The front grille was more pointed and the rear taillights were divided.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350

On non-RS variants, the front running lights were now of oval shape instead of the previous year’s circular ones.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible
1968-Chevrolet-Camaro-RS-Convertible
1968-Chevrolet-Camaro-RS-Convertible

The big-block V8 powered cars received a chrome hood inserts to imitate the velocity stacks along with low gloss black rear tail light panel. 

The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro had wheel hop issues and to resolve this the rear shock absorber mounting was staggered. The higher performance variants were giving multi-leaf rear springs instead of a single leaf unit.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS

The SS performance packages received another engine option. The 6.5-liter (396 cu) V8 engine produced 350 horsepower at 5200rpm and 415 lb-ft of torque at 3400rpm. 

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS396

The Z/28 package was also listed in the official sales catalogs.

The 7.0-liter (427 cu) V8 engine was available as a dealer-installed replacement for the factory-installed 6.5-liter (396 cu) V8 engine. This engine was offered by Baldwin Motion, Dana Chevrolet, and Yenko Chevrolet. 

1968 Z/28 Convertible

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Chevrolet Special Production Division wanted to market the Z/28 package to increase its sales potential. To do so, they had to convince Chevrolet General Manager Pete Estes. Pete Estes was famous for driving around convertibles exclusively.

The Z/28 was never offered in convertible variation, and to convince him the Special Production Division placed a Central Office Production Order (COPO) for the only Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 convertible ever made.

This car was then placed in the executive garage which Pete Estes had access to. He drove the vehicle and was very pleased with it, and gave his blessings to promote the Z/28 package.

Production numbers are as follows.

159,087 cars were made in Base trim.

40,977 RS cars were made.

27,884 SS cars.

7199 Z/28 cars.

The total production for the 1968 model year was 235,147.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 350
1969 Chevrolet Camaro 350

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro featured the same mechanical components such as the drivetrain which were carried over from the previous model year.

All body panels except the hood lid and trunk lid were all new.

 All these new panels were made with sheet metal and this gave the car a more sleek and sportier look. The new door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel gave the car a wider and aggressive look.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro

The grille was redesigned with a heavy V-shaped nose, and deeply inset headlights.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Though these styling changes were significant, these were featured only on the 1969 model year Chevrolet Camaro.

With the Camaro being a popular option for the SCCA teams and drivers, to increase the competitiveness in the SCCA Trans Am Series, optional four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers were made available for the 1969 model year. This braking package was $500 extra. This system was derived from the Corvette and shared many components with Corvette’s braking system.

This braking package improved braking and overall handling of the car, a key ingredient to winning in Trans-Am series racing.

Due to the expensiveness of this braking package, only 206 cars were made with it.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport

The RS (Rally Sport) now included a special black painted grille with concealed headlights and headlight washers, fender striping. The only exclusion being the selection of the Z/28 performance package or sport stripes.

The RS package now featured simulated rear fender louvers, front and rear wheel opening moldings, black body sill.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Coupe
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Coupe
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport

The RS badging was on the grille, steering wheel, and rear panel. Rally Sport front fender nameplates, brightly accented taillights, backup lights below the rear bumper, and bright roof drip moldings on the Sport Coupe.

The RS package was $131.65 extra and could be ordered with a base, SS or Z/28 trim car, making the model RS/SS or RS/Z28.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS-SS 350ci Official Indy 500 Pace Car
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS-SS 350ci Official Indy 500 Pace Car

The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was equipped with the same 4.9-liter (302 cu) small block V8. The maximum engine output was rated at 290 horsepower at 5800rpm and the maximum torque was 290 lb-ft at 4200rpm. The Muncie four-speed transmission was now available with a standard Hurst shifter and connected to a 12-bolt rear axle with a standard 3.73 gear ratio.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear

The 4.9-liter V8 featured an 11:1 compression ratio and a solid lifter camshaft. The pistons, crankshaft, connecting rod, were forged steel ones. A Holley carburetion on a dual-plane intake manifold was also standard. Dual four-barrel carburetion with cross-ram intake manifold was also included as a dealer-installed option.

The 1969 model year production extended into November 1969. The reason for this was due to the engineering and tooling problems that delayed the introduction of the second-generation model planned for the 1970 model year.

Despite the urban myth that 1969 model year Camaro cars were also sold as 1970 model year cars, all the 1969 cars came with 1969 VIN codes.

The production for 1969 was as follows.

150,078 base cars.

37,773 RS cars.

34,932 SS cars.

20,302 Z/28 cars.

The total production was now 243,085.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427

1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 9560 ZL1
1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 9560 ZL1

GM corporate policies forbade Chevrolet and all its divisions from factory installing engines with capacities larger than the 6.6-liter (400 cu) in mid-size and smaller models.

However, dealers like Yenko Chevrolet, Dana Chevrolet, and Baldwin Motion, requested for the highest performing engine made by Chevrolet, the 7.0-liter (427 cu) big block V8.

This engine wasn’t available for public sale and to make it orderable for the dealers to e equipped in Camaro, Chevrolet had to use an ordering process usually used on fleet and special orders such as Police, Taxi, and trucks.

This process was known as the Central Office Production Orders (COPO). COPO 9560 and COPO 9561 were offered in the 1969 model year.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO 9561
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO 9561

The COPO 9561 is for the solid lifter L72 big block 7.0-liter V8. This engine delivers an official power rating of 425 horsepower at 5600rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm. These ratings were based on the SAE gross measurements.  These ratings were seriously underrated by Chevrolet to comply with insurance and SCAA class requirements.

Don Yenko of Yenko Chevrolet ordered 201 of these 7.0-liter V8-equipped cars to create the Yenko Camaro. Dana Chevrolet and Baldwin Motion also ordered the L72 package and it is estimated that around 1000 Camaro cars were fitted with the L72 engine.

The COPO 9560 is an all-aluminum 7.0-liter (427 cu) big-block V8. This engine was codenamed as the ZL-1 and was specifically built and designed for factory NHRA Super Stock drag racing events.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO 9561
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO 9561

The existence of this is package came to light through Camaro test driver and official drag racer Dick Harrell who went on to convince GM management to provide some of these engines to the public through Fredd Gibb Chevrolet in La Harpe, Illinois. 

Due to the all-aluminum construction, the manufacturing process was complex. A team of engineers handmade each component using special tools and hand-assembled the entire engine. The assembling process alone took 16 hours to complete. The assembling and manufacturing process was under the constant supervision of Chevrolet Corvette program’s chief engineer, Zora Arkus Duntov. He claimed the room where the engines were made was surgically clean.

All the aluminum 7.0-liter big-block V8 engines were made at the Tonawanda Assembly plant before being installed in Corvette and Camaro cars. 

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS427

The price of the engine alone was $4000, more than the cost of a base Chevrolet Camaro equipped with a V8. The higher price tag was due to the complex and time-consuming manufacturing process.

This engine delivered 430 horsepower at 5200rpm and 450 lb-ft of maximum torque at 4400rpm according to the Chevrolet. However, when installed it delivered only 376 SAE net horsepower.

With exhaust modifications and some small tuning, the power output surpassed the 500 horsepower mark.

Robert Frederick Jane, the four-time winner of Australian Touring Car Championship, four times winner of the Armstrong 500 was known for being in the possession of two ZL-1 1969 Camaro cars. Both were painted in Sebring Orange.

1969 Bob Jane Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

He used one of these to compete in drag racing events across Australia. He used the other to win the 1971 and 1972 Australian Touring Car Championship.

In 1972, several regulations regarding engine capacity changed thus forcing Jane to replace his beloved 7.0-liter (427 cu) ZL-1 engines with a 6.0-liter (350 cu) V8.  

 The exact number of ZL-1 engine-equipped Camaro cars are not known.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko

Second Generation Chevrolet Camaro

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear

The second-generation Chevrolet Camaro was nicknamed the Super Hugger. It was an all-new car but shared the basic mechanical layout with the predecessor. Much like the original Chevrolet Camaro, it was based on a unibody structure utilizing a front subframe, A-arm and coil spring front suspension, and rear leaf springs.

The suspension setup and the chassis were more refined in terms of performance and comfort.

The base models offered better soundproofing, ride isolation, and traction. 

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

It was longer, wider, and lower than the previous generation Chevrolet Camaro.  The wider track and longer wheelbase resulted in better grip and better handling. 

The experience Chevrolet engineers had gained while racing the first-generation Camaro resulted in many advances in the second-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

The overall handling, braking, balance, and ride quality were better.

The second-generation Camaro was produced from February 1970 to 1981. Assembly was done in Norwood facility in Ohio, and Van Nuys facility in California.

It was unveiled in the spring of 1970.

No convertible body option was available for the second generation due to the ever-demanding Highway and Safety requirements and lack of demand.

At the time of unveiling, the second-generation Camaro was described as a driver’s car than its predecessor.

The engine options were as follows. 3.8-liter straight six, 3.8-liter inline-six, 4.1-liter inline-six, 5.0-liter V8, 5.7-liter V8, 6.5-liter V8, and a 6.6-liter V8.

Transmission options were a two-speed automatic, three-speed automatic, a three-speed manual, or a four-speed manual.

Despite the engineering advances, it didn’t sell well as the first-generation Camaro did. The main reason for this was the 1973 Global oil crisis, higher insurance rates due to an alarming increase in road accidents caused by high-performance cars.

The ever-strict emission regulations forced Chevrolet to use a lower compression ratio and secondary air injection, which resulted in significant performance reduction.

To increase demand, a major redesign of the exterior was done in 1974 and again in 1978.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The engine options and drivetrain components were carried over from the 1969 model year.

However, the 3.8-liter (230 cu) six-cylinder engine which was the base powertrain for the Camaro was now replaced with a 4.1-liter inline-six engine. The power output of the engine was 155 horsepower.

The 1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 was equipped with a 6.5-liter (396 cu) engine. Though it was officially listed as a 6.5-liter engine, the actual displacement was 6.6-liter (402 cu). Chevrolet decided to retain the use of 396 badges.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS

This engine was then equipped with a single four-barrel Holley carburetor. The total production was now rated at 375 horsepower at 5600rpm and maximum torque of 415 lb-ft at 3600rpm.

Two 7.4-liter (454 cu) engines were listed on the early specification sheets and in some sales brochures as the LS6 and LS7. These engines never made it to the production.

 The Chevrolet Camaro could be ordered in Rally Sport (RS) or Super Sport (SS) packages, and the special performance Z-28 package.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS-Z28
1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS-Z28
1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS-Z28
1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS-Z28

The Z/28 package was a $572.95 extra option. This package featured a new high-performance 5.7-liter (350 cu) LT-1 V8 engine. This new LT-1 engine delivers a maximum of 360 horsepower and maximum torque of 380 lb-ft. The LT-1 was Corvette derived.

The LT-1 engine was built from the scratch using premium parts and components. It was a much better performer than the previous 5.0-liter (302 cu) V8 which was used in 1967, 1968, and 1969 model year Z/28 cars.  The main advantages were the greater torque band.

This engine also had a less radical cam and was coupled with a 780 cfm Holley four-barrel carburetion. This design change meant that the Z/28 could be ordered with a three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission instead of the four-speed manual transmission.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS-Z28

The new body style featured a fastback roofline and ventless full door glass panel with no rear side quarter windows.

Doors were now wider to provide easier access to the rear seats. New pull-up handles were included instead of the previous ones.

The roof was a new double-shell unit for improved rollover protection and noise reduction.

The base variant featured a separate bumper and grille design with parking lights under the bumper.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS-Z28

Rally Sport (RS) option included a distinctive grille surrounded by a flexible Endura front bumper along with round parking lights beside the headlights and bumperettes surrounding both sides of the grille. 

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28

Four round taillights similar to the Chevrolet Corvette were in the rear.

A convertible wasn’t offered for the first time for a Camaro and wasn’t available for the entire second-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

For the first time for a Camaro, the 1970 model year was offered with a rear stabilizer bar. This further improved overall handling and cornering.

A four-wheel disc brakes option wasn’t available. It was $500 extra and was too expensive for many.

The instrument cluster was curved and featured several round dials for gauges and other switches directly in front of the driver. The lower section featured heating and air conditioning controls to the driver’s left and radio, cigarette lighter and ashtray in the center and glovebox hatch on the right,

1970 models received new Strato bucket seats and these featured squared off seatbacks and adjustable headrests. The rear seats consisted of two bucket cushions and a bench seat back due to the higher transmission tunnel.

Optional center console featured a Hurst shifter as standard and was now integrated into the lower dashboard with small storage area or optional stereo tape player.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Hardtop
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Hardtop

The interior was done in all-vinyl upholstery and a matte black dashboard finish. It was possible to upgrade the interior with different sorts of fabric, vinyl upholstery, and woodgrain trim on the dash and console.

The 1970 model production commenced in February 1970. This was halfway through the model year, and due to this, many people consider this as a 1970 1/2 model.

1970 model year Chevrolet Camaro is considered as the most desirable of the entire second generation, because its performance wasn’t affected by the emission regulations, highway and safety regulations, and 1973 Global oil crisis.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The 1971 model year received minor cosmetic changes from its 1970 model year car.

The low back Strato bucket seats of the previous year were now replaced with new high back Strato bucket seats with built-in headrests.

To comply with ever-tightening emission regulations, GM decided to mandate all the engines to be designed to run on lower octane regular leaded, unleaded gasoline, or low lead gasoline. To do so, the engineers had to use reduced compression ratios, and this led to reduced performance output.

The 4.1-liter (250 cu) straight-six, 5.0-liter (307 cu) V8, 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 with two-barrel carburetion were unaffected as they were low compression regular fuel engines in 1970 and 1969.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engine

The high-performance Corvette-derived LT-1 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 equipped in the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 now delivered 330 horsepower SAE gross instead of previous years’ 360 horsepower SAE gross. This was due to the compression ratio being decreased from 11.0:1 to 10.3:1. SAE net ratings were 275 horsepower.

The big block 6.6-liter (402 c.i) V8 was still marketed as the 396 c.i V8. The fuel compression ratio of this engine was reduced from 10.25:1 to 8.5:1. This reduced the power output from 350 horsepower to 300 horsepower.

This engine equipped with a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 delivered 260 horsepower SAE net.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS
1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS

Production, delivery, and sales reduced to a 67-day corporate-wide strike at GM. This strike coincided with the introduction of the 1971 models in late September 1970. It also coincided with the skyrocketing insurance premiums for high-performance cars due to the ever-increasing roadside accidents caused by high performance cars.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS

The skyrocketing insurance premiums that raised almost to the actual value of a car resulted in a lack of demand for pony cars. This led to a rumor that Chevrolet is on the verge of deciding to cancel the production of Chevrolet Camaro.

1972 Chevrolet Camaro

1972 Chevrolet Camaro Rally-Sport

The rumors circulating about a possible cancellation of the Chevrolet Camaro almost become a reality due to the UAW strikes at a Norwood-based GM assembly plant which disrupted the production for 174 days. This was as a matter of fact, one of the two plants that produced the Chevrolet Camaro.

More than 1100 incomplete Chevrolet Camaro cars had to be scrapped because they could not meet the 1973 federal bumper safety standards.

These were the times that the GM was under pressure to adapt its multiple divisions, various brands, and models to comply with ever-hardening regulations regarding emissions, highway safety, and fuel economy.

This led to a discussion in the GM top brass to consider the possibility of canceling the Chevrolet Camaro along with its sister model the Pontiac Firebird. Their points were the financial setbacks caused by the UAW strikes and hardship to comply with emission and safety regulations.

1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Many argued that canceling the Chevrolet Camaro would save money in the long run as the demand was waning due to the lackluster performance.

Others argued that the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird must remain on production due to the performance image they created and the fiercely loyal crowd following. Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird were as a matter of fact displayed what GM is capable of offering other than the boring mom and pop mobiles and commercial vehicles.

Luckily, the people who were speaking on behalf of the pony cars were successful in convincing the GM authority in favor of dropping the F-body cars to reconsider and to commence production.

Only 68,656 Chevrolet Camaro cars were produced for the 1972 model year and only 970 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 cars were made. 1972 was also the last year for the SuperSport (SS) 396 and SS 350 models.

1972 model year was the last year to offer the factory-installed big-block engines.

The Z/28 badges of the previous year were now changed to Z28.

1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Due to the lower oil compression ratios, and fitting secondary air injection systems to keep the emission is check, the horsepower ratings were significantly affected.

Beginning from 1972 model year, GM switched from SAE gross to SAE net ratings on the dynamometer to net ratings based on an engine fitted in an actual vehicle with all accessories installed.

This resulted in the 5.7-liter (350 c.i) LT-1 V8 delivering 255 horsepower SAE net instead of the 330 horsepower SAE gross.

The big block 6.6-liter (402 c.i) engine was still marketed as the 396 c.i V8. This engine delivered 240 horsepower SAE net compared to the previous years’ 300 horsepower SAE gross.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro

1973 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1973 model year Chevrolet Camaro saw significant changes such as the incorporation of an impact absorbing front bumper as standard to comply with the new highway and safety regulations. These bumpers were made in a way to absorb energy in a crash at 5mph without damaging the safety related components such as the headlights or without deforming the shape.

The Rally Sport (RS) option also incorporated the same 5mph safety front bumpers. But it had chrome bumperettes on either side of an impact absorbing urethane grille surround.   

1973 Chevrolet Camaro

A new LT variant was made available in 1973. This variant featured a more refined, better equipped, and quieter interior. It also featured full instrumentation, variable-ratio steering, sport mirrors, hidden windshield wipers as standard. Rally-style wheels were also equipped as standard.

The Super Sport (SS) package and its variants such as the SS 396 and SS 350 were dropped along with the big block 6.6-liter (402 cu) engine which was marketed as the 396 V8.

Engine power output was further reduced due to the modifications done to reduce emissions. This was due to even stricter emission regulations.

The 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 in the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 now delivered 245 horsepower. This engine was switched from solid lifters to hydraulic tappets. Air conditioning was also available as an option with this engine.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro LT RS Z28

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 could be ordered on both sport coupe and LT packages. Previously when someone opted for another package after selecting the Z28 high performance option, the unusual badging like RS/Z28 and RS/SS appeared. From 1973 onwards, these unusual badges, stripes, and graphic decals were not available.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro LT

Automatic transmission systems now featured a console-mounted shifter, similar to the shifter used in Pontiac Firebirds instead of the horseshoe shifters of the previous years.

For the first time since 1969, power windows were also available as an option.

The total production of the Chevrolet Camaro for 1973 was 96,751 units, a sales record for the year industry-wide.

 1974 Chevrolet Camaro

The new Chevrolet Camaro now featured new aluminum bumpers to meet federal standards and a forward sloping grille. These changes resulted in a seven-inch length increase.

Round taillights were replaced with a rectangular wraparound design.

1974 Chevrolet Camaro Advertisement

This was the last year to feature a flat rear window with thick roof pillars. All the later model year cars featured rear windows for better visibility.

1974 model year also marked the last year of the Z28 production car as an RPO, until it reemerged in 1977 as its own model instead of being a Regular Production Option (RPO).

The powertrain of the car was equipped with the same drivetrain as the previous year car. The LT-1 V8 was Corvette derived and was a special high-performance engine.

Chevrolet Camaro sales were now above 150,000 units for the 1974 model year. 13,802 of these were Z28 cars. This was the second highest Z28 production at the time despite the Global fuel crisis and the financial crisis that followed due to it.

1974 Chevrolet Camaro Advertising

Two major muscle car nameplates in the market were repositioned this year.

Ford Motor Corporation repositioned their famous Ford Mustang from its original format to an all-new Ford Mustang II based on the sub compact Pinto. Ford Pinto was a sub-compact car that was specifically designed for an era of higher gas prices and fuel shortages. 385,993 Ford Pinto variants were sold in 1974.

Mercury, the luxury division of Ford Motor Corporation, decided to upscale the Mercury Cougar to an intermediate-sized personal luxury car to compete against the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix. This gamble also worked well for Ford.

1974 model year also witnessed the demise of two major muscle car nameplates.

1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Chrysler Corporation discontinued the Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger during the production of the 1974 model year due to lack of demand and increasing research and development costs to make them comply with ever strict emission and safety regulations.

1974 also witnessed the demise of an underdog muscle car, the AMC Javelin.

AMC Javelin never had the recognition that the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, or Dodge Challenger had. It was constantly under criticism for shoddy build quality. But it was a good-looking muscle car by its rights. To fill its vacant position, a sportier AMX model was introduced in 1978.

1975 Chevrolet Camaro

1975 Chevrolet Camaro LT coupe front

For the 1975 model year, all the US-spec GM passenger cars including the Chevrolet Camaro was equipped with a catalytic converter as standard. However, Camaro still had the Air Injection Reactor, a secondary air injection system. The catalytic converter added to the exhaust was more efficient at controlling emission than the previous non-catalytic system. It also allowed engines to be returned for improved durability and fuel economy.

The catayltic converter and High energy electronic ignition were advertised among the components of Chevrolet’s all-new Efficiency system. Chevrolet’s Efficiency System was promoted to offer benefits to owners of 1975 model year cars.

1975 model year cars had maintenance intervals of 7500 miles or 12,070 km instead of the 1974 model year 6000 miles for oil and filter changes. For 1975 model year, the spark plugs lasted up to 22,500 miles or 36,210 km instead of the 10,000 miles of the previous year.

 The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was discontinued for 1975 even though the increase of sales to over 13,800 in 1974.

The engine options were the two variants of the 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 engines, both producing a dismal 145 horsepower SAE net. These ratings were taken from the engine crankshaft as before, but now all accessories had to be installed and operating including all emissions equipment and a full production exhaust system.

 The use of catalytic converters, lower oil compression ratios and other safety equipment that resulted in more weight gain resulted in vastly smaller power outputs throughout the GM model range.

Other manufacturers were also facing the same set of issues. Sometimes they deliberately underrated the engine performance to avoid provoking the insurance companies from charging higher insurance premiums and to avoid Federal highway and safety authority from enforcing more and more restrictions. Sometimes the reason was to prevent the loss of demand for lower priced models against their own more profitable high-end models.

1975 Chevrolet Camaro LT coupe

 1975 model year also featured a new wraparound window and the Camaro emblem was moved from the center of the grille to above the grille. Camaro’s nameplate was removed from the rear deck lid.

Block letter Camaro nameplates were used to replace the previous scripts on the front fenders.

The interior now featured a new seating pattern and bird’s eye maple trim instead of the Meridian-grained walnut on the instrument panel of the LT variant.

New leather trim was announced for the 1975 model year, but it never came to fruition.

Air conditioning was now also available with six-cylinder engines.

Radial tires were factory equipped as standard for all Chevrolet Camaro variants.

1975 model year Camaro also received power door locks as a new option.

Rally Sport (RS) option also returned for the 1975 model year, and it was just an appearance package.

Chevrolet Camaro sales for 1975 were now 145,770 units.

1975 Chevrolet Camaro

The sales were steady due to the lack of absence of many major muscle car nameplates such as the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and Plymouth Barracuda. Mercury Cougar and Ford Mustang II were now not the traditional muscle cars that they used to be. 

All these changes meant that Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird were the only traditional muscle cars left on the market. This also meant that GM had 100% percent access to the muscle car segment for the first time.

GM internal politics meant that there’s no factory support for racing events, but Chevrolet Camaro made a name for itself on the track, especially on the International Race of Champions series. Many victories followed in the hands of excellent drivers until the late 1980s.

1976 Chevrolet Camaro

1976 Chevrolet Camaro Advertisement
1976 Chevrolet Camaro Advertisement
1976 Chevrolet Camaro Advertisement

Chevrolet Camaro received minor cosmetic changes for the 1976 model year, such as a brushed metal insert in the rear tail section on the LT model.

The base engine was the 4.1-liter (250 cu) six-cylinder engine in the sports coupe.

The LT variant was equipped with a new 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 engine as standard. This new engine delivered 140 horsepower. This engine was also the base V8 option for the Sport coupe.

The 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 was now available with four-barrel carburetion exclusively, delivering 165 horsepower.

All the V8-equipped Chevrolet Camaro variants got power brakes as standard.

1976 model year was the best sales year for the second generation at the time, which further improved progressively until the end of the decade.

1977 Chevrolet Camaro

1977 Chevrolet Camaro Z 28

Due to the requests from dedicated fan following, Chevrolet decided to reincarnate the Camaro Z28. However, it was now a separate model instead of being a regular production option (RPO). This was available to the public from mid 1977 model year, as a 1977 1/2 model to compete with Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

The reason for this was the sales success of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am variant in the previous year. With over 46,000 units sold to the public in 1976, Trans Am sales accounted for half of all Firebird sales that year.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was equipped with a 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 with four-barrel carburetion. This engine delivered 185 horsepower.

Californian spec cars featured further lowered oil compression ratio and were equipped with additional emission regulator equipment, therefore delivered only 175 horsepower.

Most of the cars sold in 1977 were equipped with air conditioning and an automatic transmission.

The engine that powered the Z28 in the previous years was a 5.7-liter LT-1 V8 derived from the Corvette. This engine featured a four-bolt main bearing engine block, forged pistons, big valve heads, forged crankshaft, or a performance camshaft. However, these components were available before 1975 as a part of RPO Z28 Special performance package. This engine had lots in common with the Corvette LT-1 and cutting edge 5.7-liter L82 V8 engines from 1970 to 1974.

In 1975, the Z28 became a separate model instead of being a RPO variant. Despite the stronger sales, it was discontinued. 

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was equipped with a new LM1 engine for the 1977 model year. This engine was the most powerful Camaro engine and only available for the Z28 variant. This engine came with a better-tuned intake and exhaust, shared with many Chevrolet passenger cars. The power delivery was 195 horsepower.

A Borg-Warner Super T10 four-speed manual transmission was also available with the Z28 model.

The 4.1-liter (9250 cu) inline-six engine became the new standard engine for both the Sports coupe and LT variant.

The LT variant also came equipped with the front bumperettes as standard. All Chevrolet Camaro variants sold in California were fitted with bumperettes as standard. 

The 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 was the base V8 engine and delivered 145 horsepower.

A 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 with four-barrel carburetion was also available, delivering 170 horsepower.

  Chevrolet Camaro sales saw massive growth for the 1977 model year with 218,853 cars produced. This was also the first time Camaro outsold Ford Mustang.

Approximately 13,000 Z28 cars were produced.

1978 Chevrolet Camaro

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

For the 1978 model year, Chevrolet Camaro featured new body-colored urethane front and rear bumpers.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 came with a non-functioning hood scoop with outlining decal around the intake.

Taillights were updated to comply with the new highway and safety regulations.

1978 Chevrolet Camaro

The trim variants available for the 1978 model year were the base Sport coupe, LT, Rally Sport, and Z28.

The Rally Sport featured a two-tone paint job. But it didn’t come with RS badges.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 came with a stripe package without an option to delete it. It was equipped with the same LM-1 engine as before with a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor, delivering 185 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission unit was a four-speed manual. A Turbo Hydro-Matic three-speed automatic was also available as an option.

In 1978 model year, for the first time, a Camaro was available in T-top variation. T-top was a regular production option on the 1977 Pontiac Firebird and was first introduced on the 1976 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Limited edition.

Total production for 1978 was 272,631 units, including 54,907 Z28 units.

 1979 Chevrolet Camaro

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta

1979 model year received a new trim variant of the Chevrolet Camaro. The Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta was introduced to replace the LT variant.

Berlinetta featured a restyled instrument panel with a flatter appearance instead of the usual wraparound design. Gauge locations were unchained.

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta

The base Sports Coupe, Rally Sport, and Z28 remained without much change.

The 4.1-liter 9250 cu) inline-six was the base engine for the Sports Coupe, RS. A 5.7-liter (305 cu) v8 was available as an option for RS and Sports Coupe, but it was standard on the Berlinetta.

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Coupe

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 featured a front spoiler, and fender flares similar to the ones on Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  Z28 decals from front flares to the bottoms of the doors were also added as standard.

Electric rear window defroster became optional replacing the old heat blower system.

1979 model year also saw increased demand and sales. It was the highest-selling year for a Chevrolet Camaro ever with total sales of 282,571 units.

1980 Chevrolet Camaro

1980 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe & Z28

The 1980 Chevrolet Camaro received a new base engine to replace the aged 4.1-liter (250 cu) inline-six engine. This new engine was a 3.8-liter (229 cu) V6. The Californian spec cars were equipped with a 231-cu variant of the same engine.

A 4.4-liter (267 cu) V8 engine became an option on the Sport coupe, RS, and Berlinetta models for the 1980 model year.

1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was equipped with a 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8. This engine was exclusive to the Z28. It also received a rear-pointing raised hood scoop with air induction with a solenoid-operated flap that opened at full throttle, to allow cooler air to the engine.

To comply with new federal regulations an 85mph speedometer was also installed instead of the old speedometers with a 130mph limit.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 also received a new optional grey five-spoke wheels. These wheels were the same ones used on the 1986 to 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.

A unique upper and lower front grille with a revised graphic decal on its doors set the Z28 apart from other Camaro variants.

The side scoops were now flattered with a single opening. These replaced the previous years’ louvered design. 

1981 Chevrolet Camaro

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

1981 model year was the last model year for the second-generation Chevrolet Camaro. It was largely unchanged from the last model year.

The Z28 was still powered with the same 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 engine. This engine was now equipped with a Computer Command Control (CCC) unit to meet the new emission regulations. This was also the first time for a Camaro to come equipped with a CCC unit.

CCC unit was a predecessor to modern engine control units (ECU). CCC unit featured an oxygen sensor, a throttle position sensor, an electronically controlled carburetor, coolant sensors, a manifold absolute pressure sensor (MAP), a barometric pressure sensor, and a check engine light on the dashboard.

It also featured a lockup torque converter unit in the transmission system. This was completely controlled by the CCC unit. Due to this, only an automatic transmission could be mated to the engine.

The CCC unit could be used as a self-diagnostic tool as well, but the main goal was to comply with ever-strict emission standards.

CCC unit was capable of keeping the emissions within an acceptable range, but the engine output was largely affected due to the emission reduction being the main goal.

The engine power output was now 175 horsepower.

The Californian Z28 cars were equipped with a 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 engine. This engine was available with a four-speed manual transmission unit. The power output was rated at 165 horsepower.

Canadian spec Z28 cars were equipped with the same 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 as the American spec cars but didn’t feature a CCC unit.  So, the Canadian cars could be ordered with a four-speed manual transmission. This was the only difference between the Canadian and US Z28 cars.

The Rally Sport variant was not available for the 1981 model year.

The total production was 126,139. A significant setback from the 282,571 in 1979.

 Third generation Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro was introduced for the 1982 model year. It was still based on the GM F-body platform. The production of the third-generation Chevrolet Camaro also celebrated the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the Camaro.

 The engine options ranged from a 2.5-liter 9151 cu) inline-four to a 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 engine.

Transmission options were either a four-speed or a five-speed manual. A three-speed or four-speed automatic was also available for the Camaro.

The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro also shared the underpinnings and many mechanical components with its sister model, the Pontiac Firebird.

For the first time, a Camaro was available with a hatchback body style as well.

The overall design of the car had almost no influence from the previous three generations other than the long hood short deck body proportions. It was designed by Jerry Palmer. 

The front windshield was now reclined at 62 degrees, bypassing the GM internal policy not to recline the front shield to achieve more than 60 degrees. The rear glass window was a larger and much complex design.

The large rear hatch featured plenty of space for luggage. To provide more luggage space, the rear seats could be folded.

1982 model year Chevrolet Camaro

1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled to the public in December 1981. The production began officially on the 12th of October, 1981. These were available as 1982 model year cars.

For the 1982 model year, a hatchback body variant of the Camaro was introduced for the first time. 1982 model year was the first year to feature a factory fuel injection system for a Camaro.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 returned for the 1982 model year and ended up becoming Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year.

The trim levels were the base Sport Coupe, Berlinetta, and the Z28.

 The Sport Coupe was equipped with the 2.5-liter (151 cu) LQ9 inline-four engine as standard.

The 2.8-liter (173 cu) LC1 V6 and a 5.0-liter (305 cu) LG4 V8 engines were also available as optional powertrains for the Sport Coupe.

Dog dish-style hubcaps were standard for the Sport Coupe. Optional full wheel covers were also available along with the 14-inch five-spoke steel rally wheels.

Berlinetta was equipped with a 2.8-liter LC1 V6 as standard. An optional 5.0-liter LG4 V8 was also available.

Berlinetta was equipped with aluminum 14-inch finned wheels with gold accenting and a Berlinetta center cap.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28

To make the car look more unique, exclusive lower body pinstriping, gold Berlinetta badges were added. The headlamp pockets were also painted in an accent color, Taillights got a gold and black horizontal divider bar.

The interior of the Berlinetta was done with custom fabric upholstery. Carpeting was standard and came along with additional carpeting on rear wheelhouses and rear storage well cover.

Body sound insulation and a full instrument set were also standard.

The Z28 variant was equipped with the 5.0-liter LG4 V8 equipped with a four-barrel carburetion system. This engine delivered 145 horsepower.

A four-speed transmission was the standard unit for the Z28. An optional three-speed 350 lockup automatic transmission unit was also available for the Z28.

Another option was the LU5 twin TBI Cross Fire Injection system for the 5.0-liter V8 engine. This option featured a fiberglass SMC hood scoop with functional hood air induction flaps. The power output of the engine was now 165 horsepower. It was only available with an automatic transmission unit.

The Z28 cars also came with a unique front fascia, black headlamp pockets, a three-piece rear spoiler. The front, side, and rear lower body valance were also painted in silver or gold. Just above the valance was a three-color lower body stripe that encircled the car. Z28 badges were placed on the right rear bumper and on the side valances.

15-inch cast-aluminum five-spoke wheels painted in silver or gold accents were included as standard.

On early models, the passenger seat was deliberately mismatched with a high back bucket seat design, due to a production shortages of passenger seats, if the Conteur sport seats were selected as an option,

1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Indy 500 Pace car.

1982 Camaro Z28 Pace Car side

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was chosen as the 1982 Indianapolis 500 pace car. Approximately 6000 appearance replicas were sold through Chevrolet dealers.

This edition featured a special two-tone silver and blue paint job with special body stripes. The standard 15-inch aluminum five-spoke wheels were given orange pinstriping.

The interior was done in silver and blue combination. Lear Seigler’s six-way manually adjustable seating was also included.

The engine choices of the pace car trim were also the same as the regular Z28.

1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Indy 500
1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Indy 500 rear

The pace car was actually a highly modified car equipped with an all-aluminum 5.7-liter V8 engine. This all-aluminum V8 wasn’t available for the production pace car trim.

At the 1982 Geneva Motor Show, a special European spec variant of the Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled. It was known as the Camaro Z28 E.

The Camaro Z28 E was equipped with a DIN carbureted 5-liter V8 engine, delivering 155 horsepower.

A 2.8-liter V6 engine-powered Camaro variant was soon added to the European lineup.

 173,000 Chevrolet Camaro cars were sold for 1982 within U.S. 12% per equipped with an inline-four, 37% with a six-cylinder, 51% opted for a V8 engine.

1983 Chevrolet Camaro

1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engines were different.

The Z28 was now equipped with a 5.0-liter (305 cu) LU5 Crossfire V8 engine as standard. This engine delivered 175 horsepower.

In April 1983, an all-new 5.0-liter L69 V8 with four-barrel carburetion was made available as an option. The total power output of the engine was rated at 190 horsepower. This engine was only available with a manual transmission unit.

3223 Z28 Camaro’s were equipped with this new L69 engine for the 1983 model year.

A Borg-Warner five-speed manual transmission was introduced to replace the aging four-speed manual unit.

A four speed TH700 R4 automatic transmission with overdrive was unveiled to replace the three-speed automatic unit in the Chevrolet Z28. This transmission unit was also available on the Sport Coupe and Berlinetta. However, this could not be equipped with the L69 V8.

The trim variants received little to no cosmetic changes for the 1983 model year.

1984 Chevrolet Camaro

1984 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 T-top

The trim variants remained mostly unchanged when it comes to cosmetic changes.

The Z28 received a new steel hood intake instead of the fiberglass SMC hood. 

The 5.0-liter (305 cu) LU5 Crossfire V8 was discontinued in favor of the new 5.0-liter L69 V8 engine. The L69 engine was now available with an automatic transmission for the first time.

Manual transmission equipped cars received a hydraulic clutch linkage.

For the 1984 model year, all Camaro variants received a revised dashboard pad shape and finish.

The standard instrument cluster was replaced with an electronic readout system including a bar graph tachometer and a digital speedometer. This new dashboard also came with an overhead console, pod mounted controls for turn signals, cruise control, windshield wiper, HVAC, and headlights.

Radio was mounted inside a pod on the console that could swivel toward the driver or passenger. 

Road and Track Magazine selected the 1984 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird duo as one of the twelve best cars in the world and also in the Best Sports GT category in the $11,000 to $14,000 range.

It was chosen as the best handling car built in the U.S by the Car and Driver magazine for 1984.

1985 Chevrolet Camaro

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

All the Chevrolet Camaro variants received a revised front fascia, newer deeper valances, a unique front spoiler for the Z28.

Speedometers were now conventional single pointer ones with 85mph limit instead of the previously available unique double-pointed needle that simultaneously rear mph and km/h. 

For the 1985 model year, Chevrolet unveiled the IROC-Z variant. This variant was named after the International Race of Champions.

This was an option package on the Z28 model.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 IROC-Z featured an upgraded suspension, lowered ride height, larger diameter sway bars, especially valved Delco Bilstein shocks, a steering frame brace known as the wonder bar.

Z28 IROC-Z was provided with different powertrain options.

A 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 with tuned port injection, delivering 215 horsepower. This was known as the LB9. LB9 powertrain option was available only on the Z28 and its IROC-Z variant.

The same 5.0-liter V8 with four-barrel carburetion, known as the LG4, delivering 155 horsepower.

The same engine with four-barrel high output, known as the L69, delivering 190 horsepower. This powertrain was available exclusively with the TH700 R4 automatic transmission unit.

A total of 2497 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 IROC-Z cars were equipped with the L69 powertrain option for the 1985 model year.

Only 205 Camaro Z28 IROC-Z cars were equipped with the LB9 engine and the performance axle ratio option which upgraded the rear axle gear ratio from 3.23 to 3.42.

1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear

To improve the appearance, a special decal package was also included.

An optional Tuned port injection system taken from the Chevrolet Corvette was also available.

A unique all-new aluminum five spoke 16×8 inch wheels with 245/50/VR16 and 255/50/VR16 Goodyear Gatorback unidirectional tyres were included as standard.  Since the front and rear wheels were designed with different offsets, to distinguish which wheel went where, “Front” and “Rear” words were branded on them.

Car and Driver Magazine selected Chevrolet Camaro Z28 IROC-Z was included in the Ten Best List for 1985.

For the 1985 model year, a special limited edition RPO Camaro Z28 IROC-Z California variant was introduced, and as the name suggests, it was exclusively available for sale in California only.

These were equipped with the LB9 powertrain, a 5.0-liter V8 with tuned port injection as standard, the highest performing engine available for the production Z28, delivering 215 horsepower and TH700 R4 automatic transmission. 

This special variant was introduced to improve the sales. A total of 500 Z28 IROC-Z California cars were produced. 250 of them were all black and the other 250 were red.

All examples were equipped with IROC-Z fog lights, wheels, base Camaro hood with no hood louvers, special ground effects, rear deck lid, a unique set of wheels.

 No exterior decals or a rear spoiler was included in the package.

1986 Chevrolet Camaro

1986 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.0 V8

1986 model year was the last year to feature a Center high mounted stop lamp attached to the outside of the hatchback glass on the Sport Coupe, Z28, and IROC-Z variants except for the 1987 model year Sport Coupe without a spoiler.

The L69 powertrain which was exclusively available for the Z28 and its IROC-Z variant, a 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 with four-barrel carburetion, delivering 190 horsepower was discontinued after 1986 model year. A total of 63 cars were built with this powertrain to compete in Canadian Player’s series and 11 were made to be sold for the public.

Sport Coupe, the base Camaro variant was now equipped with a 2.8-liter V6 as standard replacing the aging 2.5-liter (151 cu) inline-four. 

The 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 with tuned port injection powertrain, known as the LB9 option, now delivered only 190 horsepower in the Z28 IROC-Z models comparing to the previous years’ 215 horsepower.

All the V8 engines received a new one-piece rear main seal.

Braking performance was 60mph to full stop in 139 feet thanks to the improved braking.

1987 Chevrolet Camaro

1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z Z28

The 1987 model year also marked the 20th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro. To celebrate this, Camaro variants including the convertibles were considered as 20th anniversary edition cars. 

Berlinetta variant wasn’t available for the 1987 model year. It was replaced with the LT variant. Base Sport Coupe, Z28, Z28 derived IROC-Z was also made available. 

For the first time since 1969, a Chevrolet Camaro was now available in a convertible body variant as a regular production option.

The base Sport Coupe, LT, Z28 and IROC-Z were available in convertible body variant. The conversion was performed on the T-top Camaro cars by the American Sunroof Company (ASC). 1007 convertibles were produced in the first year of production. Some T-top cars were converted in to convertibles by the ASC after customers took the delivery. These cars have regular VIN code of 2, meaning that they were coupes, not convertibles issued by the factory. Factory convertibles were bearing a body VIN code of 3.

The third brake light of the 1987 model year Chevrolet Camaro was mounted inside the rear spoiler instead of being on top of the rear hatch like the previous year, except for the Sport Coupe without the rear spoiler option. Those were fitted with the same conventional design as the previous year. 

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and IROC-Z variants equipped with 5.0-liter and 5.7-liter tuned port injection were now equipped with a new speedometer with 145mpg limitation instead of the regular 85mph ones.

The 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 with tuned port injection mated to a five-speed manual transmission unit was available for the first time in the Z28 IROC-Z. It delivered 215 horsepower with manual transmission and 190 horsepower with an automatic unit.

A new 5.7-liter (350 cu) Vu with tuned port injection was also available for the first time. This powertrain was known as the L98 and was mated with an automatic transmission unit exclusively. This engine delivered a maximum output of 225 horsepower at 4400rpm and maximum torque of 330 lb-ft at 2800rpm.

1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z-28

The 1987 model year Chevrolet Z28 IROC-Z cars equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 with TPI required a 3.27 gear ratio, limited-slip differential, an engine oil cooler, and rear disc brakes as standard.

The L98 cars featured a bumper cover decals featuring 5.7L added to the Tuned Port Injection decal to make it stand apart from the 5.0-liter V8 TPI equipped ones.

The V8 engines received hydraulic roller lifters and a new valve cover/head design. The new valve covers now had a new sealing and center bolts in the valve covers.  Valve heads came with raised lip for improved valve cover sealing and two center intake bolts were changed from 90 degrees to 72 degrees orientation.

The L98 and G92 cars got a Borg-Warner HD 7.75-inch four-pinion rear end, the same unit equipped on the 1986 Firebirds equipped with WS6 powertrains. These units featured a nine-bolt design instead of the regular ten bolt design and feature a differential cover that has a rubber drain plug. The bottom of the differential case is branded with the Borg Warner logo. This rear axle also equipped with tapered rather than straight roller bearings and a cone clutch instead of the disc clutch limited-slip unit.

 Production of the GM’s Norwood, Ohio facility ended this year due to the declining sales. All the Camaro cars now on were produced at the assembly of the Van Nuys factory in Southern California.

1988 Chevrolet Camaro

1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z

The low selling LT variant was discontinued along with the base Z28 variant.

Z28 derived IROC-Z was incorporated with all Z28 cars as standard due to the popularity and dedicated fan following.

These changes meant that only the base Sport Coupe and IROC-Z were the only available trim variants for the 1988 model year.

The optional Z28 ground effects and spoilers were now standard on the Sport Coupe along with aluminum 15-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in P215/65-15 tires. Sport Coupe also received a new raised spoiler for the first half production year.

To fulfill the gap between the Sport Coupe and the IROC-Z, previously standard aluminum 16-inch five-spoke wheels were now an option.

All engines were now fuel injected.

The base 2.8-liter (173 cu) V6 delivered 135 horsepower at 4900rpm and 160 lb-ft of torque at 3900rpm.

5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 with throttle body injection now produced 170 horsepower. This engine was also available with tuned point injection now delivered 220 horsepower at 4400rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 3200rpm with a manual transmission, and 195 horsepower at 4000rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 2800rpm with an automatic transmission unit.

Performance axle ratio option was available only for the LB9 powertrain option, a 5.0-liter V8 with tuned point injection.

The 5.7-liter (350 cu) TPI engine produced 230 horsepower at 4400rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque at 3200rpm.

All the IROC-Z cars equipped with this 5.7-liter TPI engine also came with the 3.27 BW rear end and every component of the G92 performance package as standard, only for this model year.

IROC-Z variant also received new IROC-Z logos on the ground effects below the doors and on the rear bumper instead of the Z28 logos of the previous years. The large IROC-Z logos on the doors were moved from the front of the doors to the back, to allow some space between the logos. It was also possible to remove all the decals and logos for an extra $60.

1988 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 iROC-Z

Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels were now redesigned with two lines instead of one large line in each spoke and center caps background changed from a black to silver. 

Dashboards still feature Z28 badges instead of the IROC-Z badges.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro

1989 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1989 model year Chevrolet Camaro saw the return of the Rally Sport (RS) variant since 1987.

Rally Sport was now the base model, replacing the Sport Coupe variant. It featured body ground effects similar to the IROC-Z and the previous Z28. It was also equipped with a bigger displacement 2.8-liter V6 engine with fuel injection as standard. An optional 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 was also available as an option.

The raised rear spoiler that became available in 1988 on the base Sport Coupe wasn’t available for any Camaro variant anymore.

IROC-Z cars were now equipped with a new dual catalytic converter exhaust option N10 which was standard with the G92 performance option. G92 was exclusively for the 5.7-liter V8 TPI with TH700 R4 automatic transmission and 5.0-liter TPI V8 with a manual transmission.   

1989 model year was the last one to offer the 5.7-liter V8 TPI equipped in a Chevrolet Camaro T-top variant.

Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 with a TPI system had a 2.77 rear axle ratio as the previous year.

The G92 performance axle ratio was now optional and featured a modified gear ratio of 3.27 for the 5.7-liter V8 TPI with an automatic transmission, and 3.45 for the 5.0-liter V8 TPI with manual transmission.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS 

The G92 package also included four-wheel disc brakes, an engine oil cooler, a 145mph speedometer, a tachometer with a 5500rpm redline, dual converter exhaust system, and Goodyear Eagle unidirectional tires as standard.

A total of 1426 Camaro IROC-Z cars were equipped with G92 performance axle package for the 1989 model year.

It was also possible to order the IROC-Z cars without factory-installed air-conditioning, to save weight. Choosing this option also meant that the 1LE performance package is triggered automatically.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 IROC 1LE

1LE package included extra equipment such as larger rotors with two-piston aluminum calipers from PBR, an aluminum driveshaft, specific shock absorbers, stiffer suspension bushings, and a special baffled fuel tank to make the Camaro IROC-Z more competitive in the SCCA stock road racing events. To improve aerodynamics, the fog lamps were deleted.

1LE wasn’t available separately and was simply an option combination. Due to this many dealers and customers never knew about its existence or importance, resulting in a total of 111 cars built with 1LE equipped in 1989.

1990 Chevrolet Camaro

1990 model year was the lowest production to date with only 35,048 Chevrolet Camaro cars produced. This was due to a truncated 1990 model year production run followed by the early 1991 models with a facelift.

IROC-Z was available as a trim variant for the last time. It was discontinued from the next year due to Chevrolet’s decision to not to renew their contract with the International Race of Champions to use their name.   

1990 model year was the first model year to feature air bags to be offered in an F-body car. This new air bag came along with a new gauge cluster. This gauge cluster was known as the half-moon due to its shape and is unique to the 1990 to 1992 Camaro variants. The sharp edges were rounded and the lettering on the gauges switched to yellow from white.

1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z Z28

The 1990 model year was also the only third-generation Camaro not feature the updated ground effects of the 1991 and 1992 model year cars. However, it still had newer interior and dashboard features.

The 1LE option was once again available as in the previous year by selecting the G92 performance axle package combined with no air conditioning option. Only sixty-two cars were made with the 1LE equipment.

1990 model year production ended on December 31, 1989.

Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z variant was now equipped with the 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 TPI as standard. The power output was now rated at 245 horsepower at 4400rpm and 345 maximum torque at 3200rpm.

1991 Chevrolet Camaro

1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Production of the 1991 model year began in February 1990.

Many significant changes happened for the 1991 model year.

All the Camaro variants received a new front fascia in the form of a ground effects package which was previously available exclusively for the Rally Sport and Z28 models. The IROC-Z variant wasn’t offered anymore.

The Z28 was reintroduced to fill the space left with the absence of IROC-Z.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 featured a high-rise spoiler and a non-functional hood known as the blisters as standard. The center high mounted stop lamp was relocated to the top of the hatch again resembling the 1986 model year cars. The entire unit was inside the hatch instead of being outside.

Convertible still featured the spoiler mounted third brake lamp.

The 1991 model year Z28 variant received a new wheel design to accommodate the new body work.

A new B4C Special Services option was introduced and made available for the law enforcement, military, and government agencies.  The B4C was similar to the Z28 and shared the same powertrain and the suspension system from the Rally Sport variant.  The PBR brake calipers from 1LE package were not available for this package.

Less than 600 Camaro B4C cars were sold in 1991.

The 5.7-liter (350 cu) V8 TPI delivered 245 horsepower at 4400rpm and 345 lb-ft of torque at 3200rpm.

The 5.0-liter (305 cu) V8 TPI delivered 230 horsepower at 4200rpm and 300 lb-ft of torque at3200rpm.

The power rating of the engines were rumored to be underrated by the GM deliberately. However, this wasn’t properly investigated.

Starting with the 1991 model year, GM pioneered some updated and modified assembly methodologies and techniques with the F body Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird which were carried forward into the production of fourth generation.

Structural adhesives, body assembly techniques, different seam sealers, were used in an effort to reduce squeaks and rattles. This improved the perception of quality and structural rigidity.

The 1LE package was still available as a combination option as it did in the previous years for the Z28. Production of the 1LE equipped Z28 cars were 478 units for the 1991 model year.

1992 Chevrolet Camaro

1992 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible

The 1992 Chevrolet Camaro was the final year of the third generation Camaro.

A 25th Anniversary Heritage Edition had been planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro.

1992 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 25th anniversary front

This 25th Anniversary Heritage Edition Camaro featured Corvette derived aluminum cylinder heads, tubular exhaust headers, a six-speed manual transmission according to the initial plans. But all these performance upgrades were scrapped in favor of an appearance package known as the Heritage package.

Heritage package was little more than some graphic decals. It featured unique graphic decals, badges, and rally stripes.

1992 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 25th anniversary rear

All the Camaro variants received a 25th Anniversary badge on the dashboard.

The B4C Camaro got the PBR brake calipers from the 1LE package were installed as standard. A total of 589 Chevrolet Camaro B4C cars were sold. Due to the stable sales, B4C Special Services package was carried on to the fourth generation Camaro.

1992 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 25th anniversary rear

For the 1992 model year, Chevrolet Corvette was now equipped with the new LT1 engines instead of the older engines with tuned port injection. Thanks to this, Chevrolet Camaro cars equipped with either a 5.7-liter V8 TPI or 5.0-liter V8 TP received some of the leftovers from the Corvette lineup.

These Camaro variants received the rough texture, cast aluminum style intake runners from the TPI-powered Corvette instead of the regular smooth tube units.

Some cars were built with black painted valve covers instead of the normal silver valve covers.

Some received a blank throttle body plate similar to the LT1, instead of the normal plate with TPI script.

These changes were cosmetic in nature and didn’t improve performance in anyway.

The 1LE option was still available as a combination option as it did in previous years. 1992 model year was the highest production year for the Camaro cars equipped with the 1LE package, with 705 cars built with the 1LE package installed.

Camaro B4C variant for 1992 also came with the 1LE derived PBR brake calipers as standard. Accounting for 589 units out of the 705 cars that were equipped with the 1LE package. This also meant that there were only 116 pure 1LE cars were built that year.

The 1LE cars were built with serious weight reduction techniques to improve performance as these were intended for racing events.  So, many 1LE cars didn’t had power mirrors, power windows, cruise control, radios, or even floor mats.

This was also the last year of production of the Chevrolet Camaro at the Van Nuys plant in Southern California and the US as a whole until 2015.

The last third-generation Chevrolet Camaro left the production line on August 27, 1992. This was a red Z28 Coupe and featured signatures of the assembly line workers and is privately owned.

Fourth Generation Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro SS

The fourth generation Chevrolet Camaro was produced from November 1992 to 2001, as 1993 to 2002 model year units. Production was done at the GM facility in Sainte Therese, Quebec, Canada.

It was still based on the F-body platform as the previous generations, but the platform was heavily updated to reduce weight and to increase strength and structural rigidity. It retained the original front engine rear wheel drive layout.

It shared the F-body platform and many mechanical components with its sister model, the Pontiac Firebird.

Just like the original Chevrolet Camaro, it still retained the same two-door, four-seat layout.

The fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was available in three body styles. Convertible, coupe, or a T-top.

The engine options ranged from a base 3.4-liter L32 V6 to a 5.7-liter LS1 V8, delivering 160 horsepower to 330 horsepower.

Transmission options were either one of these. A four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, or a six-speed manual.

B4C Special Services package for law enforcement was also carried over from the previous generation and sold from 1993 to 2002.

1993 Chevrolet Camaro

1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front

The fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled in January 1993, as a 1993 model year car.

 The designing of the car was done by John Cafaro and Charles Jordan.

Production commenced in November 1992, after the assembly line was moved from the GM facility in Van Nuys, Southern California to the GM plant in Sainte Therese, Quebec, Canada.

The new design incorporated a sheet moulding compound made from chopped fiberglass and polyester resin for the roof, door, and spoiler.

Front and rear suspension design were heavily improved to offer better handling, more grip, and better ride quality.

1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear

The base Sport Coupe was equipped with a 3.4-liter L32 pushrod V6 engine. This engine was then mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard to transfer all the torque and power to the rear wheels. The power output was rated at 160 horsepower.

An optional four-speed 4L60 automatic transmission was also available.

All the Camaro variants came with a red Chevrolet bowtie on the grille.

1993 model year also marked as the only model year to feature interior instruments with yellow lettering. 

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 variant was equipped with rectangular dual exhaust tips to make it stand out from the base models.

Camaro Z28 was equipped with a 5.7-liter LT1 pushrod engine, delivering maximum power output of 275 horsepower and maximum torque of 325 lb-ft.  This was the same engine used on the Corvette a year earlier.

An automatic four speed 4L60 gearbox was mated to the engine as standard. A no cost, optional Borg-Warner T56 six-speed manual was also available.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was chosen as the official pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Indianapolis 500 pace car

A special pace car edition trim was introduced in the same year. This variant featured Indy 500 lettering on black and white body color scheme with multicolor pin striping and white-painted alloy wheels. Only 633 cars were made.

1994 Chevrolet Camaro

1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible

For the 1994 model year, the mechanically controlled and operated 4L60 four speed automatic transmission was replaced with an electrically operated and controlled 4L60E.

This new gearbox was shared with other V8-equipped GM models such as the Tahoe. The car’s onboard computer was updated from dealing only with the engine as done in 1993 using the ECM, to controlling both the engine and transmission on automatic models (PCM).

In the 1993 model year, the onboard computer was programmed to operate through a Speed density system. This speed density system measured the engine’s RPM speed, and load in kilo Pascal, to compute the airflow requirements and then use that against the volumetric efficiency table to get the proper readings. These readings were important in providing right information to the driver about refueling. An air temperature sensor was also used as air density changes with temperature.

In 1994, the computer logic was modified to a Mass Air Flow system. This system is using a mass air flow sensor placed in front of the throttle body to measure the incoming airflow into the motor by using a heated wire sensor in the airstream path, which has heat pulled away from it via the incoming air.

Reduced heat is then converted into a voltage signal, read by the PCM unit which interprets that voltage signal as mass flow.

The on-board computer also uses engine sensors to judge engine conditions and provides proper fueling of the mass airflow reading.

In 1993, the onboard computer used a removable Memcal chip which is essential to run the systems. In 1994, this was changed to a non changeable reprogrammable chip. This chip could be reprogrammable via the Assembly Line Diagnostic Link (ALDL) which was located underneath the driver’s side of the dashboard, next to the center console.

 Dashboard gauge graphics were now white in color instead of the previous year’s yellow ones.

GM originally intended to include Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR) in the 1994 F-body models, so the gauge cluster was designed to feature ASR status. ASR installation didn’t happen until the 1995 model year, so 1994 model year cars featured an ASR off reading in the cluster. This same system was called TCS by Pontiac.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 received updated front brakes to improve handling and stopping power.

The cooling fan system was changed in the mid-model year to offer more efficient engine cooling.

The performance figures of the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 were 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds.

1995 Chevrolet Camaro

1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The 1995 model year, a 3.4-liter L36 V6 engine was introduced alongside the aging 3.4-liter L32 V6 engine. This new L36 engine was the 3800 series II V6 engine, derived from the Buick lineup.

For the first time for a Chevrolet Camaro, now customers could choose between two V6 engines to power the base models.

1995 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

This new L36 engine had a power output of 200 horsepower.

The LT1 V8 engine delivered 275 horsepower.

A new high-performance variant of the Chevrolet Camaro Z28, known as the Z28 SS was announced. This wasn’t introduced until 1996. Chevrolet collaborated with SLP engineering to enhance the 5.7-liter V8 LT1 engine.

 The maximum power output of the engine equipped in Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS was rated at 305 horsepower.

17-inch alloy wheels were available as an option.

1996 Chevrolet Camaro

1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28

1996 model year had several minor revisions as well as small power gains due to the new OBD II compliant engine controls.

All base Super Sport models were equipped with the 3.4-liter L36 V6 engine, which replaced the aging 3.4-liter L32 V6 unit.

 L36 engine delivered 200 horsepower as it did in the previous year.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS received a new wheel and tire package to improve handling and braking even more.

Convertible Z28 SS cars came with sixteen-inch ZR1 style wheels as standard.

All V6 models could be equipped with a new Y87 package.

Y87 package included better tires, an Auburn limited slip differential, dual exhaust tips, a sportier steering ratio, a more aggressive gear ratio in the differential for the automatic transmission equipped cars, and four-wheel disc brakes.

1997 Chevrolet Camaro

1997 Chevrolet Camaro

For the 1997 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro featured an all-new interior and tri color taillights. These new tri-color taillights were standard on all Camaro variants from 1997 to 2002.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 received sixteen-inch five-spoke alloy wheels as standard.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS Coupe received seventeen-inch ZR-1 style wheels as standard.

These wheels were either finished in polished, or chrome.

1997 model year also marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro. This was known as the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition trim package.

This 30th Anniversary Limited Edition package was available on both coupe and convertible body variants. 

For the 30th Anniversary, Z28 SS coupe variants received 17-inch ZR-1 wheels painted in white.

30th Anniversary LT4 SS

An additional 108 30th Anniversary models were modified by the SLP engineering equipment with the LT4 V8 engine.

Power output of the LT4 was rated at 300 horsepower and maximum torque of 340 lb-ft.

Two prototypes were kept within the facility. 100 cars were allocated to the US market, and six were sold to the Canadian market.

The LT4 was the fastest Chevrolet Camaro variant at the time. It was priced at $40,000.

1998 Chevrolet Camaro

1998 Chevrolet Camaro Front

For the 1998 model year, Chevrolet Camaro received a restyled front fascia and now featured a front clip instead of the square inset headlights.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 received a new engine.

The 5.7-liter LT1 V8 was replaced with an all new 5.7-liter (346 cu) LS1 V8 engine. This new LS1 V8 delivered 305 horsepower. This engine was first introduced for the 1997 C5 Corvette.

1998 Chevrolet Camaro engine

LS1 features an aluminum cylinder block with iron sleeves. This results in weight reduction of 43kg when compared to the iron block LT1 engine.

1998 model year was the only year to feature the LS1 equipped Camaro variants having an actual working coolant temperature gauge.

Suspension setup was modified lightly, the brakes were now larger to improve braking and handling.

A total of 48,495 Chevrolet Camaro cars were produced for the 1998 model year.

1999 Chevrolet Camaro

1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The 1999 model year saw only a few minor changes made to the Camaro lineup.

Traction control was now available for V6 equipped variants.

GM introduced a new oil life monitoring system for the 1999 model year. This system added a new oil change light to the instrument cluster. Coolant temperature gauges were now replaced with a dummy gauge.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and Z28 SS received a Torsen limited slip differential as standard.  

1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

A new Hugger Orange paint option was introduced for the 1999 model year.

Fuel tanks were now made of plastic and could hold 16.8 liters of fuel. Previous metal units could hold only 15.5 gallons.

The valve cover on the 5.7-liter LS1 V8 equipped cars were switched to a center bolt style.

1999 model year was the last to offer the 1LE performance option. 1LE option included factory-installed double adjustable Koni shocks, stiffer springs, stiffer suspension bushings, and larger front and rear anti roll bars.

2000 Chevrolet Camaro

2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible interior

For the 2000 model year, several cosmetic changes were made.

A new Monterey Maroon Metallic paint was available as an option. This color option replaced the Medium Patriot Red of the previous years.

A new four-spoke steering wheel replaced the two-spoke one.

All-new 16-inch ten-spoke wheels were now available as standard for the Chevrolet Camaro Z28. The previous five-spoke wheels were now available as optional.

2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

The base model came equipped with sixteen-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.

The base 3.8-liter V6 and the 5.7-liter LS1 V8 engines were the same as before with no change at all.

2001 Chevrolet Camaro

2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS front

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and Z28 SS variants received an intake manifold from the LS6 engine. The LS6 engine was used to power 2004 to 2005 Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette Z06 variants from 2001 to 2004.

This intake manifold resulted in a revised camshaft profile and removal of the EGR system.

Chevrolet also introduced a new slave cylinder for the clutch assembly that was superior to the design of previous years as well as an LS6 clutch in manual models.

This resulted in an engine power output of 310 horsepower for the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and 325 horsepower for the Z28 SS. Z28 SS also came equipped with a power steering cooler.

RS (Rally Sport) variant was re-introduced for this model year by the SLP engineering. RS package included rally stripes, a stock cold air intake system along the Z28 derived take-off exhaust from the Z288 SS conversions.

2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS rear

Chevrolet Camaro experienced its lowest production year with 29,009 units built. This was partially due to the production ending earlier to begin working on the 35th Anniversary models as the 2002 model year was the 35th anniversary of the Camaro.

2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS

2002 Chevrolet Camaro

2002 Chevrolet Camaro 35th Anniversary Edition SS
2002 Chevrolet Camaro 35th Anniversary Edition SS
2002 Chevrolet Camaro 35th Anniversary Edition SS
2002 Chevrolet Camaro 35th Anniversary Edition SS rear

2002 model year marked the 35th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro. To commemorate this occurrence, Chevrolet ended the production of the 2001 model year early on to begin working on the 2002 model year.

The last fourth generation Chevrolet Camaro rolled off the production line on 27th August 2002. The Boisbriand plant located in Quebec then closed down.

GM Performance Division unveiled a Chevrolet Camaro Z28 show car at the 2002 Woodward Dream Cruise as a sendoff for the Camaro’s 35-year heritage. This car was a reference to the 1960s and 1970s Penske Sunovo stock TransAm factory team vehicles.

The total production of the Chevrolet Camaro for the 2002 model year was 42,098 units.

 
 

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