<i>" These Camaros were the closest a working man could come to a bedroom-poster car."</i>
The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Camaros all have something to commend them. The first 2nd generation Camaro, particularly with the half bumpers up front, is one of the best American designs ever, and the gen 4 car, based on one of the midengine Corvette concepts, has that brilliant rear spoiler integrated beautifully into the rear deck lid.
Your comments about the colorful and checkered ownership of the Camaro made me laugh, and also reminisce about Top Gear's special where they drove from Miami to New Orleans in three $1,000 American cars. Jeremy bought a late 80s RS Camaro from a "murderer" and it had the clothes of the previous owner's "victim" in the trunk. The episode does not shine a flattering light on my part of the U.S. but it was quite entertaining.
Every now and then I see a 3rd gen for sale, and my interest is piqued. But it's one of those cars that imbued itself into my brain with a certain stereotype, and the negative connotations of said stereotype are stronger than the desire to own the car. Besides, when I married my wife, I became the caretaker for the '68 Camaro she's been doing burnouts in since she was 15. And no 3rd gen can hold a candle to the presence of a 1rst gen. Especially a first gen that isn't owned by a gray-haired boomer with a trunk full of "Best in Show" trophies. We strap our kids in the back and head out, always with her driving, and always with the coolest ride at the local brewpub.
I like to believe that I do not have brand loyalty, that I am objective; but my earliest experiences were Mustangs and a 66 GT350. It did skew my sensibilities. That said, subsequent generations of Mustang are not that appealing, well there is the fifth gen.... I worked for a while with Troy, a bright athletic guy in the motorcycle and aftermarket industries, He too is a performance vehicle enthusiast but odd to me, he is fascinated by fat girls. From my aforementioned skewed opinion I look at the 3rd gen-on Camaro people like my buddy, what the ? Yes Jack I experienced the unavailable girlfriend relationship and bemoan it still. A Ginger with a ranch in Wyoming. I may have better taste in women than you or Troy.
Back when pot was still illegal, a friend said she knew it must be time for the Ann Arbor Hash Bash when she saw Camaros lining up in the exits off US-23. David E Davis once wrote that we'd appreciate their styling more if we saw them as rarely as we did Ferraris.
LOL. Love these 3rd gens. 500 lbs lighter than a 2nd, modern suspension, already handle great, even before the endless aftermarket upgrades available. Personally? I am in the middle of an LS swap with my 83, and 500HP. "You can make a 3rd gen fast, but you cant make a catfish pretty" Smokin!
Finally after months of "this website has timed out" messages (thinking it was down) I figured out Hagerty USA has blocked all traffic from outside America. Or just blocked all income traffic from Venezuela? Never mind, thanks to the magic of Opera's VPN I'm back here. Sure I'm aware most content here isn't relevant to non-American petrolheads but opinion pieces and particularly Avoidable Contact are my weekly drug, maybe I'm an exception, or maybe Hagerty UK will take me (I can access it without VPN)
Anyway, another awesome article, sure the 3rd and 4th gen Camaro/Firebird with their sexy Euro-style bodies are classic Pony cars to consider, because sadly the new versions of American Ponies went all "retro" and while they're still sexy, that style isn't my cup of tea. I could expect a new generation reminiscent of the 90s, the new retro, but I won't hold my breath, so an actual 90s car will have to do. Also I have a soft spot for the last gen Pontiac GTO.
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This brings back some memories. I owned a new, red ‘84 Sport Coupe with the anemic V6 coupled to the slushbox 4-speed lockup auto. I flogged it mercilessly for 2 years before crashing it squarely into the front of an old VW roundback on a trip to the beach with my girlfriend, a lovely young woman who distracted me greatly. Being a somewhat flimsy unibody, the 25-mph collision was enough to tweak the frame, and the insurance company totaled it.
I sometimes see the random early 3G tooling around town and get instant flashbacks; I’d give anything to have it again - gutless V6 and all.