• Hooniverse recently asked readers for their preferences among all seven generations of the Camaro. For reasons I totally don't get, this gen is by far the underdog. Personally I find the styling fresh, and unencumbered by pretensions to being retro like the current & fifth generations are (I can't tell them apart anyway). But this one, currently at its nadir in value is a thorough bargain. Now if I can just get past the cliche of Joe Dirt redneck mullet-mobile I'd get one, or just embrace my inner good-ol-boy …

    • Personally:

      a) The '69 is maybe the best looking car ever built.

      b) The fourth-gen has one of the best stick-axle chassis ever committed to production and the high-end Z28s with the T56 and Torsen represented a bang-for-buck ratio almost unmatched, ever. I'm generally not a fan of long nose overhangs, though, and the styling was a little TOO swoopy, the car a little TOO long and rambling, the driving position a little submerged. Not half as bad as what's come since, but still…

      c) The late 'retro' cars – bah.

  • I won't even discuss the most recent 'retro' Camaros because they're horrid garbage (the outward visibility on those and the Benz CLS is a product-liability class-action waiting for an injured pedestrian).

    Back in the day, everyone was screaming at GM – 'The fast cars are too expensive! Make a really fast cheap car and everyone will buy it!' And, for one brief moment GM did. The fourth-gen LS1/T56 Z28 was really fast for its time, had maybe the best stick-axle chassis anyone's ever done, and it was really cheap.

    And what happened?

    'It's too expensive!'

    Godalmighty, people, the big engine, the 6-speed box, the Torsen rear, the big brakes, the big tires, all that crap costs REAL MONEY. You'd have spent $10K in the aftermarket putting that stuff in a Mustang. And it's not GM's fault that the target buyer for a cheap fast car is ALSO a horrible insurance risk and priced accordingly.

    What sunk the car in the end, though, was that the fast versions of a car like this only exist because the automaker can sell a flood of the cheap ones, and share parts with other product lines. The Z28 was a much faster and generally better car than the Mustang GT of the day, but the college-girl Mustang had more little-pickup parts in it than the Camaro, so was cheaper to build and Ford could push the thing out the door in big numbers.

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