Here, take a look back at the features and styles of the classic 1970s Chevrolet Camaros.
1970 Camaro: Super Hugger.
New Camaro – February 26th. We’ve never announced a car at this time before. But then nobody’s ever announced a car like this before.
If it were just an ordinary sportster, we might have introduced it at the ordinary time.
But we didn’t. And as you can see, time was on our side. Because we didn’t bother with the simulated air scoops. Or any other put-ons that might put you off.
Instead, we took the time to build a whole new car from the ground up. We started with a sleek new shape and a low road-hugging stance. So it hovers right down there with Corvette.
New Camaro. The Super Hugger. See it. At your Chevrolet Sports Dept.
1970: New Camaro. Now our competitors know how the captain of the Titanic felt.
You’re going to find that a lot of Camaro’s new appeal lies below the surface.
It begins at the very bottom. With our completely new advanced-design suspension. It’s helped make Camaro’s already-precise ride even more precise. To let you drive the car. Instead of vice versa. (Everybody knows how to build a suspension. We know how to make it work.) Front disc brakes are standard on all models.
There are six engines available, all the way up to the Turbo-Jet 396 V8 with 350 hp. Four trans-missions including a special 4-Speed for the Z28. A wide stable tread. The protection of side-guard beams.
Inside, a new instrument panel. And new seats. Two buckets in front. Deeply contoured. To hold you in place through the tightest maneuvers. And in back, two semi-buckets that do the same for your friends.
And, of course, we haven’t even touched on Camaro’s sleek new appearance. You’ve got eyes. These are just a few of the reasons why our competition is on edge. They’ve run into something they can’t quite handle.
New Camaro. The Super Hugger. Putting you first, keeps us first. See it, Feb.26th. At your Chevrolet Sports Dept.
Shown: Camaro Sport Coupe with Rally Sport equipment.
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973: The new Camaro Type LT. You deserve a car this good.
For 1973, there’s a new kind of Camaro called the Type LT. The “L” is for luxury, the “T” is for touring.
In the realm of luxury, LT standards include full-foam, cloth-and-vinyl seats, power steering, wood-grain vinyl accents on the instrument panel and doors and Hide-A-Way windshield wipers. For an even quieter, more luxurious ride, insulation has been added from the road to the roof.
And for the touring side of LT, there’s Camaro’s already-famous road-hugging suspension, Rally Wheels, twin sport mirrors (left-side is remote control), a Turbo-Fire 350 V8 and special instrumentation. New Camaro Type LT. Now you can have your luxury and drive it, too.
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1974: With Camaro, you can be practical. Or go bananas.
Run your eyes over a new Camaro. And it’s easy to imagine yourself out on the road driving one.
The shape itself seems meant for motion. Smooth sides. Front and back flowing into new improved bumper systems.
There’s the solid grip of wide-spread wheels, with steel-belted radials available. A feeling of closeness to the ground. Of hugging the road.
Under that long hood available engines range from an economical Six to the responsive Z28 engine package.
The 1975 Camaro from Chevrolet
For 1975, we’ve left Camaro’s styling pretty much alone — on the theory that when a car looks this good, you shouldn’t fool with it.
So we widened the rear window a bit, added some new colors, put on some new emblems, then turned our attention to mechanical things.
Efficiency System. The big news is the Chevrolet Efficiency System—a series of significant engineering improvements working together to help the new Camaro run leaner (mean-ing more economically) … run cleaner (meaning fewer pollutants) … and save you money in a number of ways.
Improved fuel economy. All 1975 Camaros with standard engines are designed to bring you improved fuel economy, thanks to the Efficiency System, with its new engine tuning and easy-rolling GM-Specification steel-belted radial-ply tires. The 6-cylinder engine has been revamped for 1975, with the accent on efficiency.
Surer starting. High Energy Ignition, standard on all 1975 Camaros, delivers a spark that’s up to 85% hotter than that of conventional ignition systems. Our aim was to give you quicker starts on cold or humid mornings, plus efficient combustion at all speeds.
Faster warm-ups, too. Camaro’s new Early Fuel Evaporation, standard on all models, is designed to help reduce stall and chugging when you first start out. The automatic choke cuts out quicker, too, which can help save some gas on short runs in cold weather.
Better performance. For 1975, our sporty little compact is designed to perform noticeably better than Camaros of the last few years.
With catalytic converters taking over most of the emission control work, our engines can concentrate on delivering what Chevy engines have long been known for, namely: smooth, responsive, efficient performance. Drive a new Camaro and see.
Fewer and simpler tune-ups. With High Energy Ignition, you don’t have points or an ignition condenser to replace. And spark plugs, instead of lasting 6,000 miles or so, should now last up to 22,500 miles.
Tune-ups, as we’ve known them, will be simpler and further apart. More miles between oil changes and chassis lubes. For 1975, we’ve been able to extend recommended maintenance on Camaro as follows: Oil change and chassis lube — every six months or 7,500 miles, an increase of two months or 1,500 miles.
Sport Coupe or Type LT? With its sporty looks and handling, Camaro has been a mighty appealing car right along. Now, with its added efficiency, we think you’ll find it virtually irresistible.
Which would you prefer — the reasonably priced Sport Coupe, or the luxurious Type LT? Your Chevrolet dealer will be anxiously awaiting your answer. Go see him soon.
1975 Camaro Rally Sport
Want a lift, America? ’76 Camaro.
A car should give you more than just a ride. A car should give you a lift. A perceptible upward movement of the spirits, and the corners of the mouth.
That’s Camaro for you. An uplifting automobile if ever there was one. With an air about it which clearly favors the Corvette side of the Chevrolet family.
Yet for all its sportiness, Camaro is quite a sensible car. A nice size, a reasonable price and traditionally high resale value are all part of the appeal.
There are two models: The Sport Coupe (shown) and the more elegant Type LT which, by the way, comes equipped with Chevrolet’s efficient new 305 V8.
Give yourself a lift. Test-drive a 1976 Camaro. It’s everything it appears to be and a whole lot more.
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1977 Chevrolet Camaro cars
We realize that, for some of you, driving an automobile is about as exhilarating as riding an escalator. That’s sad.
Because with the right kind of car in your hands, the act of driving can be one of the truly pleasant things you do each day.
Which brings us to Camaro. In fact it brings lots of us to Camaro. People who love to drive love Camaro because it’s definitely a driver’s car. It sits low and stands wide and moves like it really means it.
Camaro is quick, quiet, tight and tough. All of which translates to a very special “feel.” The spirit of Camaro. The lift the car can give you, even just driving to work.
If you love to drive, or would like to, take a turn in a ’77 Camaro one day real soon. Your Chevy dealer has one all gassed up and ready to go. Driving gloves are optional.
The 1977 Camaro Z-28
His majesty. The 1978 Camaro Z28.
Back in the Sixties, the Camaro Z28 was a car that could attract an auto buff on just about any street corner in America. It was a King.
Now, it’s back. And it’s still a King. For 1978, Camaro Z28 bears a sleeker, sharper look, with a new bump-resistant front end and color-coordinated rear bumper styling.
Some of its hardware: 350 cu. in. 4-barrel V8. (Camaro is equipped with GM-built engines produced by various divisions. See your dealer for details.) Dual exhaust pipes. Special Instrumentation. Close-ratio 4-speed. (Automatic transmission required in California.)
Camaro comes in several other spirited models. Each offers a new option—removable glass roof panels. And each offers you that special Camaro road response.
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1979 Camaro Berlinetta. A new way to take your pulse.
Some will call it smooth. Quieter. More sophisticated than Camaros past. We call this special new Camaro the Berlinetta. And it’s all of those things.
Yet the Berlinetta remains a Camaro at heart. It’s still a “hugger.”
Berlinetta. It will be known for its interior comforts and smooth, responsive ride. It comes equipped with a special insulation package that helps screen out engine, wind, and road noise. With front spring isolators, new body mounts and special shock absorbers, Berlinetta’s special suspension system has a way of making old roads seem new.
Inside, Berlinetta is plush and perfect. Newly designed front bucket seats support you comfortably and firmly. And as you’ve come to expect from other special Camaros such as Z28, Berlinetta instrumentation is recessed and easy to read. Included are tachometer, voltmeter, temperature gauge, and an electric clock.
Berlinetta will also be known for its impressive looks. There’s a distinguished grille treatment and dual body stripes, blackened rocker panels and distinctive nameplates, front, rear, and side, to set it apart from other Camaros.
Like all Camaros, though, you’ll realize that Berlinetta is also a “hugger” by the way it holds the road. So, if you’re looking for a Camaro with more than a “touch” of class, see your local Chevy dealer. He’ll be glad to show you a new way to take your pulse.
1979 Z28 – The Ultimate Camaro
When it comes to hugging a road, there’s nothing quite like the feel of Camaro Z28. It’s the hugger’s hugger.
What makes it so are things like Z28’s standard 5.7 Litre 4-barrel V8, a Sport suspension that incorporates special shocks, front and rear stabilizer bars, a close-ratio Four-Speed transmission with a 2.64:1 first gear connected to an 11-inch high-capacity clutch.
Add to that the fact that Z28 sits lower to the ground than most cars, and you’ve got a car that’s more than capable on a winding back road or an open straightaway.
The Camaro Z28 also sparks of excitement outwardly.
As pictured above, Z28 is equipped with simulated hood scoop, louvered side panels, rear spoiler, dual sport mirrors, available 15″ x 7″ aluminum wheels, black-finished grille and moldings around the windshield and rear window, and Z28 identification and accent striping. Concisely stated, Z28 is a showstopper.
Inside, Z28 is no slouch. Full foam bucket seats support you. And a newly designed instrument panel provides straightline gage placement for easy reading. Included in the panel are tachometer, voltmeter, temperature gauge and an electric clock.
In fact, there’s no slouch at all about the Z28. From the music it plays with its unmistakable throaty idle, to its wide stance in the bend of a road, the Z28 creates its own excitement.
So, the next time you’re in the mood to get away from them all with a flair, take hold of the ultimate Camaro “hugger: Take hold of the Camaro Z28.
I owned one of these, brand new in 1970. Paid $3,200 for it, our car payments were $30 a month. It was a Rally Sport, dark Green with a white vinyl roof, 4 on the floor, baby V8.