Tuesday, 22 July 2014

'68 Camaro 302

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

I've always had a thing for the first-generation Camaro, ever since I built my first model kit at the age of around six or seven - Santa saw fit to put a 1969 Z/28 in my stocking, and it's sat close to my heart ever since.
Metaphorically I mean, obviously, I don't carry it around with me. That'd really unsettle a jacket pocket.

The one you see here is actually a '68, but it's broadly similar. (Well, from a distance, at least - they share the same silhouette, but the '68 and '69 in fact have totally different bodies aside from the bonnet and boot - change for the sake of change, as was the USA's keenness for distinct model years at that time.) All of the classic styling details are in place - the arcade-game taillights, the V-shaped grille, the rear side windows pinched by the coupe roofline and the rising haunches, the finned hubcaps, the copious chrome accents... it's always a struggle to pick a favourite muscle car as there are so many to choose from, but I reckon I'd be pretty darned happy with a first-gen Camaro on the drive.

Spotted at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed - click here for more.

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