U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive > Brand-specific forums > Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-07-2010, 04:56 PM
 
12,120 posts, read 30,979,094 times
Reputation: 3829

Advertisements

I parked next to what appeared to be a 1973 Camaro. I checked the NY State registration sticker in the windshield which gives the year and it turned out to be an 81 instead. It interested me because it was more of a personal luxury coupe than a souped up model. After looking at Y2K, 90's cars on the roads it was refreshing to see the old Chev again. they really look like the size of a "big" car today

Camaros didn't change in terms of styling as much from year to year starting from about 73 thereafter?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-07-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
15,707 posts, read 50,474,868 times
Reputation: 15332
The years of 73 to about 81 or 82 are the "malaise era" cars, overweight wheezing versions of the 67 to (about) 71 cars.

If you Google them you will see the 73 is a somewhat different body style from the 81.

The 74 MY cars are the worst in stock trim, in 75 they got cats and a bit better tuning, I think 75 is the first year for the (really excellent) HEI distributor.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-07-2010, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
11,029 posts, read 25,678,840 times
Reputation: 5402
Quote:
Originally Posted by rlrl View Post
I parked next to what appeared to be a 1973 Camaro. I checked the NY State registration sticker in the windshield which gives the year and it turned out to be an 81 instead. It interested me because it was more of a personal luxury coupe than a souped up model. After looking at Y2K, 90's cars on the roads it was refreshing to see the old Chev again. they really look like the size of a "big" car today

Camaros didn't change in terms of styling as much from year to year starting from about 73 thereafter?
the big change to the aero look 78-81 had the trans-am look with plastic body colour bumpers 74-77 had chrome bumpers
74 Z28:

81 Z28:
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-07-2010, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
11,029 posts, read 25,678,840 times
Reputation: 5402
my fav is the '70-'72 with the LT1 350CID those were bad A$$ little small block's after 73 the camaro were terrible and only the trans-am 6.6 HO had any real power in the mid- late 70's
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-07-2010, 06:00 PM
 
6,368 posts, read 15,269,851 times
Reputation: 5924
It don't get no better than this '69 COPO
Attached Thumbnails
Chev Camaro question-copo-camaro.jpg  
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-07-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
11,029 posts, read 25,678,840 times
Reputation: 5402
I would love to but a nice 1977 trans-am 6.6HO over a 2nd gen camaro esp with a 4-speed on the floor

Last edited by GTOlover; 04-07-2010 at 07:00 PM..
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-07-2010, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Earth
4,235 posts, read 22,924,601 times
Reputation: 2240
Quote:
Originally Posted by rlrl View Post
Camaros didn't change in terms of styling as much from year to year starting from about 73 thereafter?
Camaros were pretty much the same from 1970 thru 1981 with subtle changes along the way.

1970-73 models have the quad round tail lamps and the squared off nose. Some models had the split bumpers with the turn indicators round and next to the head lamps; other models had the full bumper with the longer turn indicators under the head lamps.

1974 due to the new 5 mph mandated bumpers, the Camaro got a new slanted nose. A new rear with teardrop tail lamps also came out that year.

1975, probably again because of the government, Camaros now got wrap around rear windows. Also added were catalytic converters.

1978 the "endura" bumpers replaced the old steel bumpers. The nose also got a minor face lift as did the rear as now the tail lamps had bigger reverse lamps and turn indicators. The license plate was relocated to the bumper.

1979 Camaro went from the wrap around instrument cluster, to the squared off style. Also i think this was the last year for the 130 mph speed...after that for awhile it was all 85 mph.

Of interest there was no Z28 for 1975 and 1976. It disappeared in mid 1974 and returned in 1977. The SS option was dropped after 1972, not to return until the late 90's.

1972 was also the last year for the 402 big block (396 to you old schoolers) as well as the solid lifter camshaft small blocks that could have come factory in the Camaro.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-07-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
7,305 posts, read 25,665,626 times
Reputation: 5504
Well explained Deez!

RLRL, sounds like you may have spotted the rarely seen Camaro "Berlinetta", which was the "luxury" Camaro. Here is a pic of an 81 Camaro Berlinetta... (how often do you see a Camaro with wire hubcaps and white wall tires?




The earlier Camaro luxury versions were the "LT" models. The Berlinetta carried over into the later years as well... here is a 82 Berlinetta... note how plush the seats are...




Here is the optional Berlinetta interior fror 1984... notice the digital dash... VERY RARE!! I have personally never seen one of these in person!

Last edited by Tennesseestorm; 04-07-2010 at 09:38 PM..
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2010, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
23,675 posts, read 30,082,634 times
Reputation: 7224
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gimme3steps View Post
It don't get no better than this '69 COPO
I agree. For me, Camaro's best year was 1969.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2010, 01:25 AM
 
16 posts, read 91,700 times
Reputation: 20
The first generation are very small cars in terms of the body/metal design. They didn't have an extremely short wheelbase, they just look smaller compared to the later inflated generations of cars.... especially when compared to today's bubble cars or the boats of the late 70's. All the camaros had between 101-103" wheelbase, while the new 5th gen has around 112"

1st gen camaro - 186" length
2nd gen camaro - 197" length
3rd gen camaro - 192" length
4th gen camaro - 193" length
5th gen camaro - 190" length

Compared to a 2010 toyota corolla - 178" length

These numbers are all approximate, but very close
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive > Brand-specific forums > Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top