The Camaro was born out of a volcano. We know this because 50 years ago, in the muscle car’s very first TV commercial, it rose from a caldera amid fountains of fire and a molten lake of lava. Fans of the sporty Chevrolet still debate how many martinis Don Draper downed while writing copy for that ad.
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The two-door hard-top Javelin, redesigned for 1971, was the beginning of the G2. That new version was lower and wider and sits on a one-inch longer, 110-inch (2,794 mm) wheelbase for a slightly heavier, 3,244-pound(1,471 kg) curb weight. The body sported an intricately designed, injection-molded grille and has an integral roof spoiler with fenders that flare up and out to accommodate fat tires, a reversal from the tucked-in look of the first generation. This was a very radical and futuristic look for the time. The dashboard is asymmetrical with well-organized gauges wrapping around it in front of the driver’s seat.
The Trans-Am race series' first prize went to the Javelin in ’71, ’72 as well as 1976, and this is the first of the “pony class” compacts chosen for police work. With a full range of trim levels, the Javelin could be a plush luxury car, but it could also be a stylish economy car for the budget-minded family. The AMX now had a power option for the Javelin and was no longer a two-seated sports car. The Kenosha, Wisconsin, plant manufactured parts that were assembled in Australia, Germany, Mexico, and Venezuela, giving the model a global reach with the advertising brochures and slogans offering the G2 Javelin as an ’80’s vehicle you can drive today.
There was a full range of engines available from an entry level six, three intermediate V8s, a little quicker 360 with a two-barrel, and the high-performance 360 with a four-barrel, or the ultimate power was a 401-cubic-inch V8. The 401 is a high-compression engine featuring a forged steel crank with connecting rod and pistons designed to withstand 8000rpm. The 360 with a four-barrel carburetor or the 401 options were the only engines that could have the AMC Go Package. Checking this box on the order sheet added better handling with a finer-tuned suspension, limited-slip Twin Grip differential, power assist disc brakes, Polyglas E60x15 tires by Goodyear mounted on the 15x7 slotted steel wheels.
The dashboard got the uptown Rally-Pac instruments for accurate readouts, and this package also included a blacked-out taillight panel; all of this topped off with a “T” stripe hood decal. The transmissions range from the basic three-speed standard or three-speed automatic available for any engine. The best performance came from the console-mounted Torque-Command three-speed automatic or the BorgWarner T-10 four-speed manual with the floor-mounted Hurst shift kit.
The horsepower rating system of the engines changed from a “gross” rating in ’71 to the more accurate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) net hp rating system in ’72, although the actual engine output stays the same. The gross rating is taken with an engine on a bench without any encumbrances such as a fan belt for a charging system or power steering that reduce horsepower output, but the net figure is what's actually delivered to the wheels under actual driving conditions with all the needed components required to make it run properly. A 1971 Javelin AMX equipped with a 401-cubic-inch (6.6L) V8 engine, running low octane, low lead regular gasoline, could do the quarter-mile in 14 seconds plus and reach a speed of 93 mph (150km/h) within that time.
Javelin for 1972 had cosmetic revisions, and you could order a Pierre Cardin designer interior if you liked, but the big news is the AMC Buyer Protection Plan giving all new car owners a full one-year or 12,000-mile (19,000 km/h) guarantee as a testament to the quality built into every unit. Chrysler was the source for the three-speed automatic Torque-Command transmission. EPA regulations were beginning to have a major effect on the performance of a muscle car in 1973, but the 401 engine with a four-barrel on the intake, produced 255hp (190 kW) with the SAE system. In spite of its weight, a Javelin so-equipped could do 0-60 mph (100km/h) in 7.7 seconds, a standing quarter-mile in in 15.1 seconds at 91 mph (146.45 km/h) with a top speed of 115 mph (185.93 km/h). The Javelin in ’74 with the highest-performance 401 now would only deliver 235hp (175.3 kW), and only 4,980 Javelin AMX models rolled off the assembly line. There were a total of 27,696 units in all for '74, making it the highest volume year of the G2 for the Javlin.
The fourth generation GTO is a rebadged G3 Holden Monaro; wholly manufactured and imported from Australia for the N, American markets. Bob Lutz, a board member of GMC in the States, had read an article in Car and Driver magazine that gives a sizzling report on the power and performance of this Holden model; then later on he drove a Monaro while on a business trip to Australia.
The car was factory equipped with a 5.7 Liter LS1 V8 engine, which is the same engine as the ’04 Corvette, and it could be bolted to a four speed automatic or the six speed standard transmission. The man became convinced that this would be the perfect car for the American muscle car market revival and would be a profitable venture for GMC. The idea is also attractive to General Motors because it promotes a closer relationship with GMC internationally.
The Monaro receives a new “Pontiac” looking grill insert, the GTO motif is embossed into the front seats and a tuned exhaust are the biggest changes made. The original Monaro style duel exhaust is kept, but the rumble emitted from the twin tailpipes is reminiscent of the Iconic ‘’60’s GTO, although this is not by accident. These sounds had been stored in GMC’s historical archives and the recordings were studied in detail to achieve a similar sound for the new GTO. The Holden Monaro genuine duel exhaust system is duplicated and the two pipes exit the vehicle at the rear, both on the driver’s side. The G4 GTO can do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.4 seconds and will do the quarter mile in 13.8 seconds, according to Pontiac tests and does seem to be close to accurate, backed up by assorted magazine tests as well. Mr. Lutz engineered the importing of the new GTO, but the original price tag had been inflated from the $25,000 USA funds to more than $34,000 by the time the vehicle was actually landed in the USA, mostly due to a drop in the value of the greenback in relation to the Ozzy currency. The American public received the vehicle coolly, not only due to its high initial cost, but the GTO was also a little non-descript looking to appeal to muscle car fans. The majority of performance demanding buyers were more attracted to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Magnum or the Chrysler 300. It is 2004 before the Monaro reaches here, after making revisions to meet our stricter crash test standards.
There were only of the 15,728 shipped units that were 13,569 sold in ’04 which is less than the original 18.000 units ordered. A dealer installed sport appearance package was offered in ‘04 that would become basic equipment next year included a deeper inset grill and a taller spoiler on the rear deck. The last 794 GTO models to enter the country all came with the W40 appearance pack which included a pulse red exterior paint, matching red embroidery on the seats and a gray colored instrument cluster.
For 2005 the rear fascia is refreshed and the latest GTO is now basically equipped with optional hood scoop from last year and there are now 18 inch rims also on the table. The biggest news is a new 5.96 Liter (364.1 cu in) LS2 engine that delivers 400 hp (300 kW) and produces 400 lb-ft. (542 N·m) of torque. GMC published test results for a GTO powered by the LS2 engine equipped with the automatic transmission rate the car at 0-60 (97 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds achieving 105 mph (169 km/h) in the process. Car and Driver does a similar test with a standard transmission GTO turned in an 11.7 second time going from 0-100 mph (160 km/h) and 0-130 mph (209.2 km/h) in 19.6 seconds, but equipped with BFGoodrich g-force 17 inch rubber.The car is equipped with a heavier drive shaft, upgraded half shafts and a bigger flange on the differential to handle the added power. The newer version also adds larger rotors and calipers complete with other hardware which are the same as the Corvette’s. The instrument readout graphics have been changed in all units for ‘05 and there is a new dealer installed Sport Appearance Package available. This pack adds aftermarket muffling system complete with four exhaust pipes, a different spoiler, altered rocker panels, a more recessed grill, then also includes a front and rear fascia extension kit to give a ground hugging look. There were only 24 units of the GTO sold to customers without a hood scoop and 17 units that left the factory with the chrome rim option out of a total of 11,069 vehicles imported in ‘05.
There are only a few minor changes in 2006 for the GTO with a slight increase in the units sold this year and a total production of 40,808 units over the three year run.
'68 Camaro SS 427 hits the streets of Dallas, Texas. This car features a Gen IV L-88 inspired 427/480HP powerplant paired with a 4-speed manual tranny. This car underwent a rotisserie restoration by 1st Generation Camaro specialists...
It can be difficult to shovel your hard-earned money into a classic car.
Between the uncertainty of what would make a good investment, fluctuations in pricing, and the inevitable wrenching and frustration, buying a classic car can be very intimidating. Thankfully, Hagerty is an expert in classic cars and has come out with its list of best classic cars to buy for 2017.
The insurance provider has picked fun cars that are poised to increase in value. Interestingly, cars from the 1980s are going to be strong, and even cars from the early 2000s are starting to show value as future classic cars.
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WITH more than 400 of the world’s finest ever cars worth nearly $70 million, the Gosford Classic Car Museum is a must see on the Coast’s tourist trail.
Owner Tony Denny, who debuted at No. 179 on the 2015 BRW rich list with a $320 million fortune after selling his Europe-based AAA Motor Group, set up Australia’s biggest classic car museum at West Gosford earlier this year.
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Howard Williams Jr. watched fierce flames, whipped up by the wind, devour his multi-bay garage and its contents, including several antique cars.
Williams was at home in the 300 block of North Orchard Road Thursday afternoon when something went wrong.
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A new teaser trailer is available to watch for season one of the History Channel’s upcoming series called “Volo, House of Cars.”
The series’ first six episodes on the automobile museum are scheduled to debut in the spring and will focus on the 57-year-old museum’s operations and history of finding rare vehicles.
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The 650-horsepower 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is just hitting the streets, so it's only natural that someone would pit it against the muscle car horsepower champion, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. That someone was John Hennessey and the contest was a roll-on drag race. Check out the story for the results.
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