Today is the 45th birthday of the Chevrolet Camaro, a car we may never own but respect just the same. It's not that we hate Camaros, because you are reading the writings of an avowed Chevy man, but we are scared that if we bought a Camaro, we would quit our job and spend our time solving crimes while driving said Camaro.
Since 1966, the Camaro has been one of the most coveted Chevy products we can think of, besides of course the HHR we drive, whose curves are just as sexy as that of any era of Camaro, if you think boxy and utilitarian is sexy. There have been four generations of Camaros since the debut of the 1967 model in September '66.
The Camaro was discontinued in 2002 due to slow sales and changing tastes, but revived in 2009 when Americans decided to hell with gas prices, the economy, and feeding their families and demanded a Camaro again. We like to go fast.
Camaros have like, really powerful engines, and the vector on their design makes it easier for them to traverse fast speeds, which is facilitated twofold by their complex hood structure. Ralph Nader owns at least four of them, and the car's closest competition is the Ford Mustang, which is assembled in China by toddlers.
Alright, we know nothing about cars, Camaros, China, or Ralph Nader, but we do know that Camaros are cool and that bands have written songs about them and the many varieties you can find of them, like the Z-28.
Oh! John Cusack had one in Better Off Dead, and Bumblebee from the Transformers movies was a Camaro. Also, Rocks Off's little brother can afford a Camaro, and Rocks Off cannot. So there's that.
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Here are a handful of songs that mention Camaros and their special versions, for all you car nerds. Excuse us while we make out our payment to Chevy for our HHR and cry onto our laptop.