Camaro’s Golden Anniversary at Amelia Island Concours


While it might not have the continuous-production crown — that belongs to Ford — the Camaro is still a special and historic vehicle with fans from around the globe. Some of that Camaro history will be at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

From the folks at Amelia Island;

Jacksonville, FL – GM brass wasn’t enthusiastic about adding a sixth model to Chevrolet’s 1967 model lineup until they saw the prototype – it was a knockout. The new Chevy, codenamed Panther, began to appear in the automotive business journals and enthusiast publications more than a half-century ago.
Anything General Motors did was big news in those days. In the wake of Ford’s Mustang a new addition to a class of one, especially from the world’s biggest and most powerful auto maker, was seismic news.
The formal name for Chevy’s new sporty car came from a 30-year-old French/English dictionary: Camaro meant “pal,” “comrade” or “warm friend.” The marketing guys, just like the designers, nailed it. Camaro.
The first warning shot that GM was poised to enter the sporty car market was Chevy’s Super Nova that debuted at the 1964 New York Auto Show just two weeks before the Mustang was introduced. Chevy followed up with the XP-836 and that high concept design codified the Camaro look.
GM was flexing its design muscles: the prototype Camaro shape spent eleven days in the Ling-Temco-Vought wind tunnel outside Dallas, TX. The tunnel really liked the shape of the new Chevy.
“The Camaro brought affordable world class design to American car showrooms,” said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “When experts, critics and even competing designers compare a mass production design such as the Camaro to a Ferrari Lusso you know you’ve struck gold.”
The centerpiece of the 22nd annual Amelia Concours Camaro class will be Camaro Number One, the gold 1967 coupe VIN number 10001. Also in the class will be 1968 and ’69 Yenko Camaros, a 1969 Indy 500 RS/SS Pace Car, a 1973 Baldwin Motion Camaro plus a COPO Camaro and several significant generation one and two Camaros.
“With a big list of models and options one could build a very personalized Camaro,” said Warner. “Camaros were road racing and drag racing champions, luxury GT cars, Saturday night cruisers, top-down beach cruisers, you name it. Now they’ve taken their rightful place as true modern classics.”
The 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 10-12th on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. In 2013 and 2016 the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance won Octane Magazine’s EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.

About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 10 -12, 2017. For more information, please visit or call 904-636-0027.

Chad Kirchner
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In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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