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What's more famous than the first Camaro ever built? We're not sure, but when you have a building stuffed with more than 20 of the most collectible and rare Camaros under one roof then there's certainly something for every Camaro fan out there! This is the first time Chevrolet has brought together a collection of this historic magnitude. Concept cars, race cars, and the rarest of the rare spanning five generations of Camaro history. Most of these belong to GM's Heritage Collection, but some were loaned by private collectors that wanted to see the lot all gathered in one place.

Is this a once in a lifetime gathering? Well, we wouldn't count on it happening again anytime soon. So, read up on some Camaro history and check out this gallery of historic Camaro iron! Carrying VINthis Camaro is documented as the first of 49 hand-built "pilot assembly" vehicles built at the Norwood, Ohio plant in midearly models built for evaluation before regular production commenced.

It was fitted with a 3. It was the car Chevrolet used for the public introduction of the Camaro, in Augustshortly before the car went on sale. It was also used in a of public relations photos and promotional films. It eventually went to an Oklahoma Chevrolet dealer and passed through several owners, before being turned into a drag racer in the s. It was purchased by Cory Lawson around and he oversaw its restoration to its production-line condition, with documentation assistance from the GM Heritage Collection. Only examples were built in This example has accumulated fewer than 50, miles since new and is equipped with a close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, a 3.

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It was originally sold in Nyack, New York, in April This is the legendary Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins powered Camaro that tore through the NHRA's Super Stock class for the championship-and set the stage for his influential involvement in Pro Stock, which debuted in Working in conjunction with Chevrolet's racing director, Vince Piggins, the performance of Jenkins helped establish the Camaro's racing cred. It is believed this car may have been the first Camaro built with the Lcode cubic-inch engine, rated at hp.

Regardless, it's a piece of drag racing history. This Cortez Silver Camaro ZL1 is 66 of the 69 built forall of which were built through the COPO special order system with an all-aluminum cubic-inch big-block engine. Along with its rare engine, this example is one of only 12 ordered with the famous Muncie M22 "Rock Crusher" four-speed manual transmission and one of just six delivered with the available "Rally" wheels. The Camaro ZL1 is arguably the most valuable production Camaro and one of the "blue chip" models of the muscle car collector world.

Another COPO special order-based performance model-with an iron-block cubic-inch engine. This is one of around such examples created by Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealer Don Yenko. It is in very original condition, with a single re-spray of its Hugger Orange exterior color on all-original sheet metal. The drivetrain is believed to have never been removed and of the approximately Yenko Camaros built, it is one of only 30 equipped with the Turbo three-speed automatic transmission.

InRoger Penske was beginning his long and remarkable career as a businessman and racing team owner. After an inauspicious start with the Camaro, the team experimented with a lightweight body using acid-dipped sheet metal, which helped give the car a competitive edge.

It was updated with Camaro body components in an effort to field two cars for the team at the Sebring hour race that year. This car has been restored to its Sebring appearance, where it won the Trans-Am class and finished third overall. It is presented courtesy of Mr. Patrick Ryan. What list would be complete without the iconic white-on-Hugger Orange Indy pace car?

This is the actual one that inspired GM to come out with a formal Pace Car option for the model year. It was the first year of the Camaro's second generation and also the high water mark for its performance, thanks to the availability of the hp LT-1 engine. It featured a solid-lifter camshaft and a high, This unique version is the Hurst Sunshine Special, one of three cars built with a prototype power-sliding sunroof-a feature that never saw production.

Of the three built, this is the only one known to still exist. Along with testing for the sunroof, Chevrolet used this car in the wind tunnel to test front and rear spoilers for the SCCA Trans-Am series. It is part of the Rick Hendrick Collection. Representing the first year of a new, sloping front-end de and wraparound taillamps, the Camaro's facelift answered new federal bumper standards.

New extruded and polished aluminum front and rear bumpers added nearly seven inches to the car's overall length. This example is part of the GM Heritage Collection and is one of 13, sold that year.

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It was distinguished by blacked-out trim and a unique intake scoop-inspired hood graphic. Power came from a 5.

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The engine was matched with a Borg-Warner four-speed manual, which was fitted with a performance-oriented gear set. Enough to beat those of the Mustang for the first time ever. Camaro received a facelift in that introduced body-color molded urethane front and rear fascias. The updated appearance was more contemporary and customers responded enthusiastically to the fresh Camaro, snapping upof the cars.

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This is one of those rare Canadian models, which features a hp 5. Although most of the content is the same as U. It was purchased from the original owner and has approximately 6, original miles. It is now part of the Rick Hendrick Collection. This restored race car is fitted with the NHRA championship-winning engine, which is teamed with a three-speed Lenco racing transmission. For the first year of its third generation, the Camaro was selected to pace the Indianapolis Chevrolet produced 6, replicas, all powered by the brand's 5.

This car is one of the two built for duty on the track. It's the back-up car, distinguished from the replicas with clear headlamp covers and safety lights. Named for the International Race of Champions series, which pitted drivers from different racing series in identically prepared Camaro race cars, the IROC-Z production model brought a higher degree of performance to the street in the s.

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It offered the brand's all-new 5. This black example is displayed courtesy of Dennis and Veronica Mykols. As an IROC-Z named for the International Race of Champions series, which pitted drivers from different racing series in identically prepared Camaro race carsit featured four-wheel disc brakes, inch aluminum wheels, a specific "aero" body package, and more. Under the hood is a 5.

This example is nearly factory fresh, with just over 4, original miles on its odometer. Inthe Camaro celebrated its 25th anniversary. It also marked the final year of the third-generation model. It was a generation that saw a marked return to performance, culminating in the available hp 5. All Camaro models received 25th-anniversary badges on their instrument panels, but only a Camaro with the Heritage package-like this example-had another badge on the rear deck lid. The package also included the rally stripes on the hood, deck lid, and rear spoiler, as well as black headlamp pockets and a body-color grille insert.

This example is also equipped with the track-oriented 1LE package-one of only built for As was the case in and the first year of Camaro production inthe latest generation of Camaro was selected to pace the Indianapolis Dubbed LT1, the new 5. It was rated at hp-the most in an eight-cylinder Camaro since This pace car is one of three specially outfitted for track duty in Chevrolet also sold replicas to the public, all distinguished by the multicolor "ribbon" graphics of the track cars.

The return of the Camaro SS in was marked with a bold hood scoop, taller rear spoiler, and ZR1-style inch wheels-as well as more horsepower.

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The 5. Additional performance equipment included a Hurst short-throw shifter, a "cat-back" exhaust system, a Torsen limited-slip differential, and a "Level II" suspension package that included track-oriented 1LE components. Only 2, examples were built that inaugural year. This example is owned by Carl Lins and is of the production run. It is one of only Arctic White hardtops, only 73 of which were equipped with the six-speed manual transmission—much like this example. By the mids, the Trans-Am racing series had evolved from its roots as a production vehicle-based class into a field of purpose-built race cars.

It was undergoing a revival, as well, driven by longtime "pony car" competitors battling it out on both road and street courses across North America. ForSunoco came on board as a sponsor, putting the famous Sunoco blue livery on a Camaro Trans-Am racer for the first time in decades. This is the car Fellows won four races in that season, coming in third in points.

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