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CHEVY CAMARO conception-prototypes

The fifth generation Camaro begins with the 2009 model for the track only with retail starting in 2010. This Chevy model is manufactured in Canada for the North American market place. The entry level version for 2013 is under $25,000.00 but if you need power the Chevy coupe ZL1 option is available with the 6.2 Liter all aluminum supercharged engine offering up to 580 horse power which will cost you upwards of $50,000.00 but for a bit more you might want the convertible version.

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The Camaro was on a four year hiatus from the retail market but the engineers and designers were hard at work during this period.

In 2006 a concept Camaro was shown in a coupe style and on the GM Zeta platform at the North American Auto Show. This car is powered by a 6.0 Liter LS-2 engine producing 400 hp and is bolted to a T56 six speed standard transmission. It sports suspension features such as gas pressurized dampers, with front and rear progressive rate springs. The concept car is on a 110.5 inch (281 cm) wheel base having four wheel vented disc brakes for the 14 inch rotors with 21 inch rims in front and 22 inch to the rear; they are made of cast alloy with a unique five spoke design. The car was very impressive and won the best of Show award for ‘06.

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Again at the North American Auto Show, in 2007, another concept Camaro is show but this time as a convertible and carries a very close resemblance to the one to be marketed in 2009. However the changes from the previous concept are subtle but they are comprehensive from the front doors to the rear bumper. The line of the fenders changes from the vertical to horizontal slightly further out and, to keep the lines smooth, the spoiler on the rear has been redesigned. The rims have thin orange outer pin stripe and are mounted with red line tires giving this concept a retro look, reminiscent of the ’69 model year. The interior has also had a few changes made with the seats made of leather with orange stitching and the chromed seat belt buckles look like the vintage G.M. style of the 1960’s. The dash has more easily read four gauge instrument cluster with the round units mounted in square housings and are set off by the brushed metal finishes, and the interior completed with the addition of a deep dish steering wheel.

Almost at the marketing point, GM shows a number of prototypes throughout 2008.

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NASCAR and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. have a hand in the revision of a Camaro SS prototype which runs on E85-a high octane gasoline and has other GM accessory modifications.

Mark Donohue’s Trans Am series Camaro is the inspiration for GS Racecar Concept which extensively uses carbon fiber panels for the hood, trunk lid, doors and fenders with the GM LS3-V8 in the engine compartment; bolted to the Tremec 6060 six speed transmission. Other racing inspired features are the aluminum radiator with aluminum engine oil coolers, the transmission coolers, as well as the differential. The exhaust system has three inch pipes with Coast Fab mufflers installed. This prototype was put up for sale in 2013 at Mecum Auction House during Monterey Car Week.


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Chevrolet Chevelle First Generation 1964 to 1967

The Chevelle was produced from 1964 to 1977 in three Generations and came in many body styles, many variations, and a lot of  available options. On Chevrolet mid-size “A” body platform it made Chevelle a strong contender in the muscle car market. This line was without a doubt one of the biggest success stories for G.M. and Chevrolet.
The ’64 and ’65 Chevelles came with a Malibu badge on the rear quarter panel with a hard top and a convertible at first. There was also an “SS” package available on the more luxurious Malibu version.
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The “SS” option came with emblems and full disc wheel covers while the inside is well appointed with bucket seats and floor console for models fully equipped with the Muncie aluminum four speed manual or Powerglide two speed automatic but not with the basic three speed manual transmission. The dash of the Malibu ‘SS” option came with four gauges in a cluster and also offered a dash mounted tach as a further option. The basic models have a very simple warning light system instead. The optional engine is the 283 cu in with a four barrel putting out 220 hp – at least for the first six months. Just to keep up to the competition in mid-’64 the Chevelle had an optional 327 cu in V8 on the market in two versions both with a four barrel in a choice of 250 or 300 hp (224 kW).
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The engine options were okay in ’64 but people wanted more muscle in their cars and so Chevy, aiming to please, added a RPO (regular production option) 327 V8 putting out 350 hp. For the folks with more modest ambitions the Chevelle did offer more conservative engines.
 In 1965 with the “Z-16” equipped Malibu SS 396 big block V8 the power crowd also has a new little faster option available. Chevy had a problem producing enough posi trac rear ends to handle the 396 engines there were only 201 of them produced but only 75 still existing with the Malibu “Z-16” option package. There are many that have tried to fake the Z-16 because of its six figure value in today’s market but there is a shortage of the original equipment and trim to re manufacture it. The Malibu hood emblem was dropped at the end of 1965.
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In 1966 the body, on the same frame was completely modified and the Chevelle SS 396 became its own series of sport coupes and convertible models with a thicker stabilizer bar in front, springs with a higher rating, and re-calibrated shocks mounted on a stronger reinforced frame. The body was Identical to the Malibu with a little different trim, simulated hood scoops, and red line tires with three different power options on the engine. The 396 motor was available producing either 325 hp, 360 hp, or the highest performer at 375 hp. The SS396 existed as a model for ’66 through to ’68 and then in ’69 it reverted back to an option pack. A special body styled “strut back” two door sport coupe was available only for the ’66 and ’67 models years.
 Canadian models kept the” Malibu SS” badges for two more years  but their U.S. counterparts were identical Chevelles only differing in lacking the badge trim, domed hood, and a blacked out grill while the northern cousins grill is chrome. Canada did offer a slightly different package with the Malibu sports option which has bucket seats, a center console, full wheel covers, and ribbed rocker covers.


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  1. … Uh guys… The one in the picture is a 1970… Second generation 1968-’72…

    1. Kendall if you read the article it explains why-“Generation Articles”-images are meant to give the reader an overview and may not be with the applicable dialogue-thanks


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The Acadian 1962-1971

The Pontiac Tempest wasn't available in Canada, but the compact Acadian is the model GM Canada created to fill the gap in the lineup beginning in the 1962 model year. The Oshawa, Ontario, plant manufactured the Acadian for not only the domestic market, but GMC also exported them to divisions in Chile and South Africa. Canadian laws at the time dictated that Canada must manufacture a percentage of automobile components in Canada, which is why the Acadian is a mixture of GM components. The gas tank in an Acadian held 13.5 imperial gallons, which are about 10 percent larger than the American gallon.

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1966 Acadian Canso

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Acadian Canso 1966- modified front clip

 The new model was essentially a Chevy II with eight body styles to choose from. The ’62 trim levels are the base model Acadian, the Invader, and the Beaumont as the most luxurious option. The power ranges from the four-cylinder, six-cylinder to the V8s, which bolted to a two-speed PowerGlide automatic or the three-speed standard transmission. There’s also a four-speed standard transmission that could be chosen for the appropriate engines. Pontiac-Buick dealerships had the Acadian in their showrooms, but the model is primarily a Chevy II, including the frame, body sheet metal, and complete drive chain, all sourced from Chevy Division. There was no badging on the Acadian from Pontiac or Chevrolet, although the dash is the same as a Tempest or LeMans (64/66). The Pontiac Division distanced itself from the Acadian with its Chevy powertrain, and the model wasn’t sold as one of Chevy’s but as a separate GM product, even though the split grill also takes its styling from Pontiac. For its entire production run, the Acadian could have any engine or drive chain option that’s available for the Chevy II and the Nova.

Pontiac Acadian Custom (5)

A Chevy big-block is under the chrome

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In 1963, the Invader was entry level, one step up was the Canso, then the deluxe Beaumont, while the top trim option is the luxurious Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe (SD). Each was available with six colors to choose from. The top of the line Beaumont SD had all the badging with exterior trim features to announce its status, including upscale entry handles. The interior sports heavily padded bucket seats in front, padded rear seats (hmm), rear seat armrests, premium upholstery, horn-blowing ring for the steering wheel, added chromed dash components, glove box light, and the automatic interior light with switches are all part of the SD Beaumont package, which was comparable to the Nova SS.

 Pontiac Acadian Custom (3)

This dash is beautiful but 100 percent custom

In the 1964 and 1965 model year, the Acadian Beaumont was now on the Chevelle “A” body and became its own model from ’66 onward. For the two years before the separation, the Acadian Beaumont became a popular vehicle, and during these last years, four trim levels of the Beaumont were available. These premium Acadian vehicles are the Beaumont Standard, Beaumont Deluxe Standard, Beaumont Custom, and the Beaumont Sport Deluxe. At this time, for the compact Acadian, the Invader became the base model with the Canso taking the Beaumont’s place as the premium model. The Pontiac Ventura II superseded the Acadian midway through the year in 1971, and Canada would not have another exclusive GM nameplate until the Passport rolled off the assembly line in 1989.


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Plymouth Barracuda V-8 1965 images

The Plymouth Barracuda is on the compact  Valiant "A" platform and, initially, is equipped with one of two six cylinder engines as standard equipment. The rear window glass (backlight) on the fastback is not unique, but it is huge, at 14.4 ft² (1.33 m²)). Models marketed in the USA are equipped with the  base  225 cu in (3.68 L) slant-6 engine, but Canadian cars would have a 170 cu in (2.78 L) version. under the hood. The power option is a two barrel on the 273 cu in ( 4,5 L) V8 engine and be bolted to the newly designed, lighter, "TorqueFlite 6" (A904) automatic transmission. For the '65 model year a four barrel version of the 273 could be an option.

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