The Camaro has a rich, interesting and diverse history over the course of its 50-year heritage, but you didn’t need us to tell you that. The evolution of GM’s venerable pony car is without a doubt a linear progression, with the latest generation SS model having more than 455 horsepower on-tap, thanks to a Corvette-borrowed 6.2-liter LT1 V8.
The legendary Camaro became a reality in late September of 1966 and was the answer to Ford’s own pony car, the Mustang. Since its inception, the Camaro has always had one major goal in mind – bringing the sports car driving experience to every individual at an affordable price – and though its silhouette may have changed over the last 50 years, its spirit has not.
What many consider the Camaro’s “worst day” was in the early 1980s, thanks to the second oil crisis. As the video above highlights, in 1982, the Camaro Berlinetta (which was GM’s first attempt at a “luxury” Camaro) was powered by a 173ci LC1 V6 engine with a measly 102 horsepower; but that wasn’t the worst of the engine options; there was even a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine good for 90 horsepower!
In 1985, the Camaro began to rebound slightly after being chosen for the International Race Of Champions (IROC) stock car racing, and has been on an uphill progression since. From that partnership, the Camaro IROC-Z was born, which featured a 305ci LG4 V8 good for 155 horsepower (hey, at least it was up from 90, right?). Check out the video above and get the full download on all of the Camaro generations, and tells which one is your favorite and why.