Founded back in 1908, General Motors (GM) was originally built solely from Buick. It wasn’t until 1917 that GM would acquire Chevrolet. Before the second world war broke out, Chevrolet vehicles were aesthetically very similar to those made by other automakers. It wasn’t until the mid-50s that Chevy really made an effort to upgrade its lineup. The Corvette is the crown jewel of the Detroit-based company. However, it is a two-seater luxury that only a certain demographic can afford.
While Chevy’s most respected vehicle still remains the mighty Corvette, the Camaro isn’t far behind. Released a few years after the Mustang, the Camaro is one of the few horse cars capable of rivaling Ford’s most popular vehicle. When you look at the coolest special edition Chevrolets of the last two decades, it’s easy to see that most of them are Camaros. This is an indication that Chevrolet is actually waging a commercial war with Ford Motors.
10 1968 Chevy Camaro Z28 COPO Convertible
The first-generation Camaro received mixed reviews upon its release. Unlike Ford’s Mustang, the Chevy’s Camaro appears to be an unfinished product and hastily built. While it’s fair that the Mustang came out victorious during the early stages of a decades-long rivalry, the Camaro should not be overlooked.
The ’68 Z28 COPO Convertible is one of the most classic cars of the 1960s. The reasoning behind this fact is quite simple: only one Z28 Convertible was made in 1968. Since COPO stands for “Central Office Production Order”, most American classic car enthusiasts understand at this point that the Z28 Convertible is a one-off special project. The Z28 was the only convertible of the 7,199 Z28 made in 1968.
9 1969 Chevy Camaro Yenko S/C 427
Most muscle heads have heard of the Yenko Chevrolet car but probably don’t realize who Yenko really is. Yenko Chevrolet is a Chevy dealer located in Canonburg, PA. Owned by Don Yenko’s father, the shop offers its customers mass-produced Chevy vehicles. Don Yenko is a race car driver who participates in the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans behind the wheel of a Corvette. He came up with the idea of fitting a big, powerful block V8 into a regular Chevy car.
The 1969 Chevy Camaro Yenko SC 427 is a true American legend. The Gem came with 427 cu in the L72 V8, one of the best engines offered by Chevy at the time. The almighty big block COPO V8 makes 425 hp at 5,600 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. It has been rumored that only the 54 ’69 Yenko SC 427 was made. This may explain why they often earn over $300,000 these days.
8 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1
Back in 1969, the Chevy lineup was quite encouraging. At the lower end of the spectrum, Chevy offers the affordable Nova, which comes best with 396 cu in a V8 that makes 375 hp. Chevelle was given a very powerful L72 unit developing 425 hp. Just by looking at the two beasts, one can easily understand that Chevy’s most popular and respected muscle car is given proper care.
The ’67 L88 Corvette and ’69 Camaro Yenko SC 427 were among the best Chevy cars released in the late ’60s. While this is without a doubt extremely accurate, the trifecta wouldn’t be complete without the creepy ’69 Chevy Camaro ZL1. The original ZL1 was equipped with a 427 engine similar to the L72. However, COPO Chevy moved forward with a design that was finally close to the L88. The beast in the factory is rated at 430 hp, the same as the L88, but actually makes almost 500 hp. Chevy only built 69 units of the ZL1 for homologation purposes.
7 1985 Chevy Camaro Z28 IROC-Z
The 1980s were quite interesting. The entire automotive landscape fell apart after a series of energy crises, but also after the passage of several federal emissions laws. The Malaise Era that started back in the mid 70’s went well and lived ten years later. Monsters released during the late 60’s and early 70’s can’t be found anywhere. With that said, it’s still possible to find a muscle car that will rock your socks off.
The Camaro IROC-Z is an inexpensive classic American car that looks amazingly modified. In fact, the IROC-Z looks great even if it’s a bone stock. Besides being sexy, the Z28 IROC-Z uses a 5.0L LB9 V8 engine that produces 215 hp at 4,400 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. These numbers may not come as a surprise today, but they were quite remarkable in the mid 80’s. What makes the Z28 IROC-Z truly special is the fact that it is an icon of the 80s.
6 1993 Chevy Camaro Z28 Pace Car
The early 1990s saw Japanese automakers flood the domestic market with their economical yet powerful engines. Cars like the Subaru Impreza WRX, Mitsubishi 3000GT, or Mazda RX-7 seriously threaten the hegemony of their muscle cars. With that said, American automakers have never failed to produce classic cars that transcend time.
A 1993 Camaro Pace used in the legendary Indianapolis 500. Based on the Camaro Z28 equipped with 350 cu in a V8 producing 275 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, the Camaro Pace Car is driven by Don Bailey. Like most Pace Cars, only a small number of Camaro Pace Cars were made. In 1993, 645 units were produced, thus making this special edition Camaro truly special.
5 2002 Chevy Camaro GMMG Dick Harrell Edition
Chevy slightly tweaked the look of the fourth-generation Camaro in an attempt to give it a more aggressive look. The fourth generation Camaro is often considered the ugliest Camaro ever made. While it’s fair to admit that Chevy’s pony car looks pretty unattractive, it does come with some very interesting engines.
At best, the fourth generation Camaro comes with a 5.7L LS1 V8 that produces a maximum power of 330 hp. The wide-body Dick Harrell Edition is the only fourth-generation Camaro you should own. The car looks terrible and is quite unique. Only 33 were ever made. Under the hood is a 427 cu in the V8 producing 630 hp.
4 Chevy Camaro COPO 2017
The Headquarters Production Order was enforced by Chevrolet in the 1960s. Initially, it allowed dealers nationwide to order vehicles with non-standard features, such as colors and motors. Some dealers took advantage of the system to power some of the cars manufactured by Chevy. These cars were eventually used in NHRA events. The rest is history.
The 2017 Chevy Camaro COPO is not the type of car to be used as a daily driver, as it is not legal on the roads. While it’s illegal to have a COPO Camaro sailing on American highways, the beast was purposely made to take part in NHRA events. With only 69 units made, the supercharged 350 cu Whipple in the V8 version is the most attractive COPO Camaro of all. The unit produces an average of 580 hp at 8,000 rpm.
3 2018 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary
Founded in 1945, Mattel has become one of the world’s largest toy makers. In December 2020, multinational companies generated revenues of $4.58 billion. Mattel owns iconic brands such as Barbie, UNO, and Hot Wheels. Hot Wheels, created in 1968, has offered boys all over the world a scale model car that is one of the most fun to play with. Like most toys, some Hot Wheels have become actual collectibles. For example, a pink, rear-loaded 1969 beach bomb now costs $175,000.
For Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary, Chevy released a special edition Camaro based on the 2SS trim level. The Hot Wheels package includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, a louder and more sinister exhaust system, and many other advantages that make the Hot Wheels edition a true sports car equipped with the latest technological advances.
2 Chevy Camaro SS Redline Edition 2018
Camaro is a dime a dozen. As with the Ford Mustang base, Camaro base is not a head-turner in the country. Unless it’s a tastefully customized RS or SS, or a monstrous top-line Camaro, one most likely isn’t going to spend time drooling over every Camaro that’s going by. Chevy is fully aware that people may not have $70,000 to spend on a loaded ZL1, but Chevy’s Marketing Department also knows that some people are willing to pay a few thousand more dollars to own something unique.
The Redline may not be as crazy as the top-line ZL1, but it sure catches the eye. Based on almost every trim level, it’s possible to turn a dull Camaro into a more vibrant looking engine. This gives the car a bit more aggressiveness, which is much needed on the 1SS and 2SS trim levels. This pack is basically made of parts that are meant to make the Camaro more attractive.
1 Chevy Camaro GT4.r . 2020
The world of racing has so many consequences that it is difficult to keep up with each one. In the United States, NASCAR remains the most popular racing category. Worldwide, Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship are still the most watched racing categories. However, GT Racing is as thrilling as Formula 1 or NASCAR, but it fails to receive all the attention it deserves.
The Camaro GT4.r has got to be one of the sickest special edition muscle cars money can buy. For just $259,000, you can get your hands on a racing car that is unfortunately not street legal. Contrary to what is commonly believed, the GT4.r doesn’t come with the supercharged 6.2L LT1 V8 found in the ZL1. To be allowed to race in GT4, the GT4.r received a naturally aspirated 6.2L LT1 V8 that came with the Camaro SS. While the power output of this unit is “only” 420 hp, it’s important to remember that the GT4.r weighs almost 700 lbs lighter than the ZL1.
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