LIMA — The Chevy Camaro was produced in the late 1960s to battle Ford’s successful Mustang. The Camaro debuted in 1967, had a long hood and a short back end look that would last for almost four decades. During 2002 was a big year for the Chevrolet Camaro. It celebrated the 35th anniversary of this premier model, but General Motors also announced that this would be the last model year for the Chevy Camaro. Luckily for us, this mandate was changed. Chevy decided to go out with a bang in 2002 with their 35th Anniversary edition available only on an SS package. The 2002 Chevy Camaro 35th Anniversary edition became a sought after collector car. There were approximately 3,000 35th Anniversary editions made, and just 1,398 were convertibles.
John Venturella, of Lima, is the proud owner of this 2002 Chevy Camaro 35th Anniversary edition. He has owned it since February of 2013. He bought it from a dealership in Michigan and trailered it back to Lima. Venturella works at the Michigan International Speedway during race week, so he can fully understand and appreciate the value of this beautiful Camaro. When he purchased the car, a letter from Scott Settlemire, Assistant Brand Manager of Camaro accompanied the purchase, telling the owner that this Camaro was one of 45 Camaros that were produced and shipped to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held in August of 2001. At that time, the cars were covered with various materials so that prying eyes would not see the special styling cues that the Anniversary Camaro was given. Venturella intends on taking his car to shows, so that prying eyes can see it and appreciate its beauty.
2002 Chevy Camaro 35th Anniversary edition