Late in 1966 Chevrolet Introduced the Camero. Like many vehicles offered in the sixties…..You could purchase the base model or wrap them in a trim package that suited your taste. The Camero offered the Z-28 (The trim code for Trams Am racing) And The highly desired SS. One of these 1967 Camero SS’ made it into the 1985 film “Better Off Dead” .
John Cusack portrays a lost teenager who cannot live life without his first true love Beth. Through many hilariously corny and tender exchanges he befriends a neighbor whom helps him rebuild his Camero. The pivotal part of the movie unfolds when he drag races a local Korean kid and beats him by laying down one of the best burn outs in all the bubblegum teen angst movies of the time to Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy”. I was lucky enough to grow up and admire this genre of films as they forged many of the perceptions and values I carry today. One of those values is the appreciation for muscle cars. Many of these cars are etched into my youth with reverence and regard for their historic contribution to freedom, American style. Many of our liberties have been dismantled over the years. Cruising has faded, skateboarders are chased off, few teens have bonfires anymore. Being a car teen is safe, harmless and good clean fun. (Assuming you drive responsibly!)
Chevrolet has reintroduced a newer generation to the Camero SS. Like many of the industry leaders, styling cues and body lines are reminiscent of the original. While lines and sheetmetal resemble the original, the muscle and sinew hiding underneath are nothing short of 21 century. Typical reviews are Horsepower, torque, standing quarter, etc. This is American auto design royalty. This car inspires an emotional response behind the wheel. People notice you in it. Pedestrians want a ride, other drivers want a turn reliving their personal Camero experience when they were teens. I have had the pleasure to own some amazing examples of this heritage. (John Delorean designed) GTO’s , Chevelle’s, Mustangs etc. Chevy has got this one right. It handles, has endless power and looks stunning. The Camero SS is an exercise in American execution at its finest. As this car passes you in traffic, its difficult to ignore the response some derive from its appearance. This is a true roadster in the sense of front engine/rear drive. With its reengineering, it has gained a few geometry lesson. Things like 52/48 weight front to rear, 426 HP and several trim packages to choose from….Sound fimilar? I could rattle off tech spec for hours but you have to drive one to fully understand the magnitude of the situation. Visit you favorite Chevrolet dealer, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride.
So Thank you…John Cusack, You drove my American Dream- searching for your characters. This inspired me to be the car nerd I am today. Thank you Chevrolet-for not raping this model by watering it down (Mustang II), or ruining its pedigree (1985 Nova) . Long live the American Muscle Car Rebirth!