Before it officially came out in September 29 of 1966, the Chevy Camaro was code-named “The Panther,” and was slated to be a competitor with the Ford Mustang. A press conference was pulled together, and General Motors showed the world what would soon be the most iconic muscle car made in America: The Chevrolet Camaro, or Project XP-836. When asked what “Camaro” meant, Chevrolet responded that it was a “small vicious animal that eats mustangs.” The real origin of the name actually helms from the word “comrade,” and specifically, the word camaro is of French-English creole origin.
The first generation of Camaros lasted from 1966(7) to 1969. They came as two-door coupes or convertibles, with two + two seats. These bad boys boasted rear wheel drive with a choice of 7 different sized V8 engines to power the front. There was a Super Sport, and Rally Sport design to pick from, and, in 1967, the Z-28 was introduced with stripes down the hood and a 302 cubic inch V8 engine to fit to melt asphalt.