I am probably one of the biggest Camaro freaks on the face of the planet, when they took the Camaro name plate off of the Chevrolet line I wondered if it would ever return, I was highly disappointed about it, so I took it up on myself to do some research about it.
During my research I discovered that there were a few factors that made it a necessary evil for Chevrolet to remove the Camaro from their line, first of all that had for whatever reason decided to build a version of the Camaro that they could promote to the 16-25 age range.
Without doing the necessary research to let them in on a few key factors, first and foremost was that those kids could not afford to buy a $30,000 car, which is exactly what that Camaro was--well, if you bought the SS version of the car.
Second factor that they either didn't realize, or didn't pay attention to was that fact that in 1993 when they released a new body style, it looked like a combination of a GEO storm, and a Trans-Am, and that it would alienate all of the old Camaro lovers who actually had money to buy one.
So in 2002 that last Camaro would roll off of the line, to dismal sales numbers, and all of the Camaro diehards like me would hate it, we would all wonder what Chevrolet had done it for, but after eight long years a new Camaro would roll out, it would take some getting used to for those people like me.
But a few months after it's arrival we would become accustomed to the old, and the new mingling together to bring about a great new Camaro, and of course there are still the Camaro freaks that just can't stand it, they think that it's an abomination to the Camaro name plate.
At the first I did too, but once you site in one of the new Camaros, and first it up you realize that it is a true Camaro, it carries a lot of the body lines from the 1969 model, which by the way is the best looking car ever built by mankind, or any other kind.
It retains those high rear haunches of the 1969 Camaro, and the quarter vents that set the rear of the 1969 Camaro off from the other two years of that first generation Camaro, they have done a brilliant job of retaining just enough of the personality of the 1969 Camaro, and added just the right amount of modern technology.
It's not quite as retro as the Dodge Challenger, but just right between the Challenger, and the Ford Mustang, all three of these car were built just a bit different from each other, and they are all great cars, but as I once stated that Camaro rules the roost on the track, as usual.
I do think that Chevrolet could have released it one year earlier as a 2009 model year, to coincide a bit more with the 1969 model, but minus just a few small details Chevrolet hit the nail on the head with this car, if you haven't seen one yet, it's time you did, it will surprise you as it did me.
You may think that you're a big tough Camaro guy from the 1960's like I did, but this car will melt the ice around your heart, it may take a little time for it to work it's magic, but just go to you favorite Chevrolet dealer, sit in one, adjust the seat to you liking, and fire it up--it will make you feel alive again.
It's a great muscle car no matter how you look at it, if you just give it a chance you may find yourself as happy as I did. You may find that left over anger from them taking the Camaro out of production melting away just as I did, and so i say give it a chance, it's time to try new things.