Chevy has manufactured some of the greatest American sports cars ever made. Starting with the emblematic Corvette in 1953, Chevrolet went on to manufacture a plethora of outstanding sports cars. From the Nova SS 396 to the Chevelle SS, Chevrolet used to have one of the most impressive lineups out of all domestic automakers. in 1967, Chevy released one of its most popular nameplates: the Camaro.
The Camaro is best-known as Chevy’s logical answer to Ford’s Mustang. Despite receiving mixed reviews the first year, the Camaro found its place in the market by becoming the de facto alternative to the Mustang. The reasons why piston heads should own a Camaro are numerous. Whether it is a classic or a modern Camaro, muscle car fans should consider giving the Camaro a chance.
10 1967 Chevy Camaro Pro Street
Muscle cars are great sports cars made in America. Since the Golden Age of the American car, domestic automakers have made sure to come up with packages that would send chills down Evel Knievel’s spine. As technology and craftsmanship have drastically improved over the last eight decades, mass-produced muscle cars from yesteryear can be turned into wheelie-popping monsters.
This insane Camaro Pro Street may not be among the most powerful Chevy Camaros of all time, but it sure packs a lot more power than your average pony car. Fitted with a 434 cu in stroker engine that develops 730 hp, this insane Camaro was estimated to fetch anywhere between $80,000 and $100,000. Whoever ended up taking this beauty home must be a happy camper.
9 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1
A decent number of muscle heads will claim that 1969 was the best year as far as rowdy and aggressive muscle cars are concerned. Unlike most muscle cars released between 1973 and 2002, classic oldies of 1969 combined looks and performance in a way that would make Prius owners want to ditch their atrocities. Chevrolet ended the ’60s with a Camaro that will remain one of the best Camaros ever made.
The original ZL1 is absolutely bonkers. Based on the L88 unit found on the Corvette Stingray, the ZL1 comes with a 427 cu in big-block V8 that is factory-rated at 430 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. It has been said numerous times that the 427 engine actually produces 500 hp. Without any electronics and driver aids, handling the ZL1 requires serious driving skills.
8th 1969 Chevy Camaro Restomod
The first-generation Camaro looks simply mean. As a matter of fact, it takes very little effort to turn the first Camaro into something absolutely stunning. The greatest thing about the first Camaro is the fact that almost 700,000 were made between 1967 and 1969. As a result, it is possible to find a Camaro in decent condition at a fair price and turn it into a monster.
It is often said that daily driving a classic can become a headache. However, when retrofitted with modern parts, it can be a breeze. This particular Camaro is the sort of restomod that can be used as a commuter. Equipped with a Magnacharged Stroker engine that makes 401 hp and 482 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels thanks to a Richmond five-speed manual transmission.
7 1969 Chevy Camaro “G Code”
The restomod trend that kicked off about 15 years ago is now in full swing. Amateur and professional tuners alike have let their creativity run wild. Though the results sometimes have piston heads scratching their heads, a tastefully restomodded classic can prompt a wow effect that no supercar could ever trigger. When it comes to building showstoppers, Ringbrothers know exactly how it is done.
Ringbrothers’ 1,000hp “G-Code” Camaro may not be the most insane creation made by the two brothers, but it sure is a true marvel. As is common with anything built by Ringbrothers, the G-Code comes with an insane engine. Underneath the hood sits a Whipple supercharged 416 cu in Wegner Automotive LS3 V8 that develops 1,000 hp and 890 lb-ft of torque. The G code is estimated at $600,000.
6 1971 Chevy Camaro Restomod
In 1970, the Camaro received a facelift that made the car significantly larger. While several critics at the time were pointing out the fact that the car was bigger and less powerful than the previous generation, the second generation Camaro still contained all the elements necessary to become a beast. Fast-forward a little over 50 years, and the second generation is now one of the go-to cars to restomod.
At best, the 1971 Camaro comes with a 350 cu in V8 that makes 330 hp at the crankshaft. Though it is a decent amount of power, it simply is not enough for modern muscle heads. This sinister Camaro comes with a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that makes 430 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the wheels thanks to a T56 six-speed manual transmission. It may not be the most outrageous restomod, but it sure will turn heads wherever it goes.
5 1985 Chevy Camaro IROC Z Restomod
The ’80s were quite a strange period of time for the muscle car industry. Threatened by imported vehicles from Germany and Japan, domestic sports cars had a hard time keeping up with the competition. Despite looking and sounding like absolute killers, the vast majority of muscle released during that decade were simply disappointing as far as performance is concerned.
The Camaro IROC-Z is a gorgeous muscle car. Unfortunately, it did not originally come with a powerful engine. This particular IROC-Z is what Chevy should have released back in the ’80s. Equipped with a modified LS3 V8 that makes 525 hp, this unsuspecting IROC-Z could easily obliterate the majority of mid-range muscle cars currently being sold.
4 2002 Chevy Camaro GMMG Dick Harrell Edition
It is well-known that domestic automakers did not always hit the nail on the head. During the ’90s and early 2000s, the Mustang and the Camaro were far from being attractive. The mass-produced Camaro Z28 of that era could easily be obliterated by an Audi RS4 B5. With that said, Chevy did offer Camaros that were fast enough to trigger a serious adrenaline rush.
There’s a plethora of obscure facts most gearheads do not know about the Chevy Camaro, such as the fact that a widebody Camaro was once up for grabs. With only 33 units ever made, the Dick Harrell Edition comes with a 427 cu in LS6 V8 that develops 630 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque at the crankshaft. This Catfish Camaro is worth well over $100,000.
3 2015 Chevy Camaro Z28
When Chevy brought back the Camaro in 2010, the company made sure to include some elements of the first generation Camaro. The more boxy and serious look of the fifth generation Camaro differs tremendously from the atrocious fourth generation. This time around, the Camaro meant business. Chevy’s pony car was both appealing to the eye and it was sporty to drive.
There are several things gearheads should remember about the Z/28 Camaro, such as being produced in extremely limited numbers. With only 1,801 units made between 2014 and 2015, it is fair to say that the Z28 will become a valuable machine in years to come. When it comes to performance, the Z28 is a true race car. The 427 cu in LS7 V8 makes 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque.
2 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Lingenfelter
Since the return of the Camaro in 2010, amateur and professional tuners nationwide have done whatever possible to turn the Camaro into a Lamborghini slayer. Given the fact that Chevy equipped the Camaro with some of the most outlandish engines, it is quite normal that piston heads wanted to extract as much power as possible from these units.
Lingenfelter is known in the car scene as one of the most respected Chevy tuners. Over the last couple of years, the Michigan-based tuner has come up with packages that are perfect for Chevy owners looking to turn their regular ZL1 into an absolute beast. The mid-range package includes a Magnusson TVS3200 supercharger among performance upgrades. The $20,000 solution brings the total power to 800 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque.
1 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 “The Exorcist”
First released in 1969, the Camaro ZL1 showed the entire world that Chevrolet knew how to produce high-revving muscle cars made for the track. The ZL1 trim was eventually scrapped, only to be brought back decades later. The latest ZL1 Camaro is insanely fast. Though less powerful than Dodge’s Hellcats, the ZL1 is far more luxurious and made to zoom down the track with class.
The Exorcist by Hennessey Performance is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Though the side stickers give away the fact that this is not your average Camaro, nothing prepares onlookers from the fact that the supercharged 6.2-liter LT1 V8 churns out 1,000 hp and 883 lb-ft of torque. As always, the Texas-based tuner hit the nail right on the head by offering this package.