The Chevrolet Camaro is on the verge of entering its sixth generation, but before the design changes, Chevrolet is looking back on five generations of Camaro design.
“While Camaro has evolved with cultural and design trends, it has consistently represented the approachable, attainable sports car with an emphasis on fun that’s evident in its styling,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, in a statement. “As a result, each generation of Camaro has evoked an emotional connection with enthusiasts – connections spanning 48 years, and five generations.”
First introduced as a 1967 model, the Camaro captured the hearts of Baby Boomers with its lean, muscular design, and Welburn describes it as “one of the best-looking cars of its time.” His favorite model was the 1969 Camaro, one of which he currently owns. The muscle car’s first generation only lasted three years.
For the second generation, Chevrolet gave the Camaro its own architecture, which allowed designers free reign to give the Camaro a dramatically new design. The second generation’s design evolved over its 12-year span and eventually included a wraparound rear window and soft, body-color fascias.
With the release of the third generation Camaro in 1982, it became more of a performance-oriented sports car with an aggressive front end design. It was also offered as a hatchback for the first time and the 1982 Camaro Z28 was named the Motor Trend Car of the Year.
The fourth generation Camaro boasted dramatic proportions with a fast-rake windshield that added to its overall wedge shape. This generation lasted until 2002, when Camaro production was put on hiatus.
In 2010, Camaro enthusiasts rejoiced at the return of the iconic sports car. Designers used the 1969 Camaro as a starting point for the fifth generation and then gave it an unmistakable 21st century look.
Which generation of Camaro design is your favorite?