LIMA — The Chevy Camaro was introduced in 1967 to the frenzy of public media. Chevrolet sent memos to the media about a new product, but made them wait for the introduction of the 1967 Chevy Camaro. The confused media took the bait and the coverage of Chevy’s new vehicle was over the top. The Camaro was built for direct competition to Ford’s Mustang. The first generation Camaro ended with the 1969 model year. This first generation Camaro would later be copied for a fifth generation Camaro. The first generation Camaro was called “The Hugger” because it was low, wide and hugged the ground. The first-generation Camaro debuted in September 1966, for the 1967 model year, up to 1969 on a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a two-door couple or convertible with 2+2 seating. This beauty had a choice of engines with a 230 cu in, 250 cu in, 302 cu in, 307 cu in, 327 cu in, 350 cu in, 396 cu in or 427 cu in. So the car had power under the hood.
Josh Hare, of Lima, brought his 1969 Chevy Camaro to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He’s owned it for five years and says his favorite memory is burning rubber.