Chevrolet Camaro SS396

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After a successful debut in ’67, the Camaro hit the deck in ’72. Sluggish sales and a 174-day strike at the Lordstown, Ohio, plant meant Camaros were in short supply, and only 68,656 were produced that year. Worse still, 1,100 half-finished cars sitting on the assembly lines couldn’t meet the impending ’73 bumper impact laws, so GM was forced to junk all of them. There were some dark mutterings in GM boardrooms.

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Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Now the world’s largest producer of motor vehicles, Chevrolet kicked off the Seventies with their Ford Thunderbird chaser, the 1970 Monte Carlo. Hailed as “action and elegance in a sporty personal luxury package,” it was only available as a coupe and came with power front discs, Elm-Burl dash-panel inlays, and a choice of engines that ranged from the standard 350cid V8 to the Herculean SS 454. At $3,123 in base form, it was cheap compared to the $5,000 needed to buy a Thunderbird.

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Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – 2009

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Obviously the Chevy Corvette – top speed 198 mph (317 km/h) -wasn’t enough for lovers of macho American supercars, for the Corvette ZR1 appeared in 2009. Coyly described as the performance version of the Corvette’ and nicknamed ‘The Blue Devil’ during development, this fabulous flying machine has a supercharged LS9 6.2 litre small-block V8 engine delivering 638 bhp – the most powerful ever to sit in a Chevrolet. Continue reading “Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – 2009”

Chevrolet Corvette C4 – 1984

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With good reason, Chevrolet took no chances. Not since 1968 had there been a complete rethink of the iconic Corvette. Designed and made in 1982, a new car was ready to roll off the production line by March 1983, but Chevrolet preferred to test the 50-odd prototypes to the limit before permitting sales of the C4 1984-designated model year. By October the look was right. It was leaner and more purposeful than its flamboyant predecessor. Continue reading “Chevrolet Corvette C4 – 1984”