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Gallery: Chevrolet Camaro turns 45
Rewind to 1966, nip across the Atlantic and we guarantee you’d have your face pressed up against the window in front of a Chevrolet dealer. On this day, 45 years ago Chevy started selling its vision of the Mustang, otherwise known as the Camaro. And, as Hammond will tell you, the Camaro’s a bit awesome.
When it thrust onto the launch pad, Chevy’s manager, Pete Estes, told the world’s press what the name meant: “A small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs*.”
Though it wasn’t. Camaro sales didn’t beat the ‘Stang’s till 1977 (Ford sold 153,173 and Chevy shifted 218,858, fact fans). But it was very, very pretty.And to celebrate, we’ve assembled a selection of glorious images of the very first car to bear the name.
Click on, the internet.
*There isn’t an animal called a Camaro that eats Mustangs. We Googled it and everything.