Jul 19

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Head-to-Head with Ford Mustang Boss 302

Chevrolet’s new 2012 Camaro ZL1 faces off against the reigning champion of the pony cars, Ford’s 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition Mustang.  To find out which modern muscle car reigns supreme, pro race driver Randy Pobst hot laps both cars around Inde Motorsports Ranch in Willcox, AZ, better known as Laguna Seca. This episode comes from the TV series Head 2 Head. Place your bets!!     To read more on this video visit http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1203_2012_chevrolet_camaro_zl1_vs_…

Jul 02

How Much Does a Classic Camaro Cost?

From 1967 to 2002, where to look and how much you might pay

How to start looking for a Camaro

So, you have fallen in love with a Camaro and have decided you want to buy one. Your first question is probably, “How much will a Camaro cost?”. Your budget may or may not dictate what Camaro you choose to buy, but doing some research to find out some basic prices can give you an idea of what the Camaro cost might be. When buying a used or classic used Camaro, you must take into consideration that if a car was extremely popular new, it is popular when it is old as well, so your Camaro cost might be a little more than you expect. Whatever year you choose, make sure that your Camaro cost is not more than what you should be paying for what you are getting.

1967 – 1969 Camaro cost averages

The first generation 1967 to 1969 Camaro is one of the most sought after American cars of the 60s. Hundreds of thousands were built, but most unfortunately did not survive, and the prices they get today are a reflection of that. A base 1967 Camaro cost is about $8,000, even in poor condition, and Camaro cost for a Z28 in top condition will be close to $62,000 today.  If you are looking for a close to one of a kind Camaro and have the budget to acquire it, the specially built, rare Yenko Camaro cost is in the $100,000 range. The 1969 Camaro cost seems to be the highest, as it was the last year of that particular generation of the Camaro and the most popular. Even a base model 1969 Camaro cost is around $18,000, and the almost elusive ZL1 of which only 69 were built are priced around $225,000. Owning one of the first generation Camaros, if you are even lucky enough to find one, will cost you anywhere from $4,000 for just a body of a base Camaro with no engine to upwards of $250,000 for a rare or specially built Camaro. If you have the budget for one of these classic Camaros, and can find one, you can own one of the most popular cars then and now.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko

1970 – 1981 Camaro cost averages

The second generation Camaro, although not as popular as the first generation, still has some of the most sought after cars made. The least expensive Camaro cost among this generation is for any of the 1978 to 1981 Z28 models. The most popular was and is the 1980 that featured a 190hp 350 cubic inch engine, which was the best of the later model second generation. You do however want to watch out for Camaros that were sold in or came from California, as they were the victim of new emission laws at the time and had less powerful engines than the rest. A 1978 to 1981 Z28 Camaro cost should be around the $5,000 to $10,000 range depending on the condition. For those with a smaller budget, finding a Camaro of this era can provide you with a muscle car that will not cost you a fortune. If you have a little bigger budget to spend, a 1970 or 1971 SS350 Camaro cost is around $10,000 to $15,000, again depending on its condition.  The SS350 Camaro came stock with 300hp in 1970 and 270hp in 1971, so they are much more of a true muscle car. There were over 20,000 Camaros built over this two-year period, so it is a little easier to find one that may be in good to very good shape. The body style during this time was one that people became most familiar with until its update in 1982, so this makes them a popular generation to own as well. If you have a much bigger budget and the need to have one overrides the Camaro cost, you may want to find a 1970 Z28 Rally Sport. This car has been designated as one of the best Camaros ever built during the peak of the muscle car era. It was more refined than previous muscle cars and allowed for handling and horsepower unlike most of the other muscle cars that were around. If you are lucky enough to find one of these, the Camaro cost may be upwards of $30,000, but they have historically increased in value, and continue to do so even today.

SS 350 Camaro
SS 350 Camaro

1982 – 1992 Camaro cost averages

This third generation of the Camaro was a redesigned sleeker version that any other Camaro ever produced.  One of the most overlooked, but best choice for those with a smaller budget is the 1989 RS Camaro. It looked very similar to the higher priced Z28 and IROC-Z Camaro, but this Camaro cost you much less for almost the same amount of power. The RS, like its pricier relatives, featured sport suspension, ground effects, Z28 style wheels and a 5spd manual transmission. It came standard with a 2.8-liter v6, but was available with an optional 5.0-liter v8 along with the 5spd manual transmission. This gave you the same power as the higher priced models, without paying the extra money for the logos.  The Camaro cost for one of the RS models is around $5,000 and up, depending on the condition of the car. If you have a slightly bigger budget, the 1982 Indy 500 Pace Car Edition Camaro cost is well worth it. Many people purchased these vehicles and stored them due to their Indy 500 connection, so the one you do find are normally in great condition. Keep in mind, you will pay more the better the condition.  The Camaro cost for these is much more difficult to average as they cost more or less, what the buyer is willing to pay for them. The Camaro cost for the car of choice of this generation is actually quite reasonable usually ranging between $10,000 and $20,000. The 1990 IROC-Z Camaro, the last year of the IROC, is probably the most sought after Camaro of this era. If possible, hold out for a manual transmission over the automatic, as the driving feel is much better. Make sure you look for the lowest mileage vehicle in the best condition to make sure that your Camaro cost is worth what you are getting. These vehicles are also expected to continue to appreciate in value.

1990 IROC-Z Camaro
1990 IROC-Z Camaro

1993 – 2002 Camaro cost averages

Ironically, the v6 Camaro of this era was well worth the Camaro cost. The 1996 base Camaro was the first to feature the 200hp 3.8-liter v6, which was not only strong but also economical. Choosing one with a 5spd manual transmission just adds to the fun of having a v6 with v8 horsepower. The Camaro cost for these v6 coupes is very affordable with many available for under $5,000. For just a little more, you can find a convertible and enjoy economical top down fun.  1993 marked the second time that an Indy 500 Pace Car was produced, with only 633 built. When they were produced, they were designed to be collectibles so the Camaro cost for these reflects that with the least expensive priced at around $20,000. If you decide on one of these, make sure that the upholstery, paint and graphics are all in mint condition, and look for the lowest mileage possible. For those with an unlimited budget, that Camaro cost is not a concern, many special editions were built for what would be the last year of the Camaro for almost 10 years in 2002. The 2002 also marked the 35thanniversary of the Camaro. Many famous names of the 1960s put their names on these special editions, but they were all based on the ZL1 Camaro. The least produced model was designed by GMMG, Inc., and only 68 cars were made with 427 cubic inch engines and the 6spd manual transmission. The Camaro cost for some of these vehicles has the potential to rival some of the rare first generation models, but will do nothing but appreciate in value, so they are well worth the investment.


Jun 25

1993 Chevrolet Camaro | The start of the generation that was almost the last

The 1993 Camaro was the debut of a brand new body style that lasted until 2002, when the Camaro disappeared for eight long years. This also marked the move of Camaro production from Van Nuys, California to Sainte-Therese, Quebec, Canada. Not only was the 1993 Camaro completely redesigned it was equipped with many new features, more powerful motors and additional safety features as well. Although the body and interior styling completely changed, the 1993 Camaro remained the sports car it had been since it was introduced in 1967. The new body style was much sleeker and modern, and the interior was designed to match. Although there were only two trim lines available, the 1993 Camaro was still a popular sports car. It featured new technology in the body panels as well as new components that were previously featured on high-ticket vehicles like the Corvette.

Black 1993 Chevrolet Camaro
1993 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1993 Camaro may have had a very different body style, it was still built on the same wheelbase that every Camaro before it was. The wheelbase proved to be very effective for the Camaro, so only the body style needed an update. It featured a long hood and short deck design, and the roof, hatch, doors and spoilers were made of sheet molding compound made of chopped fiberglass and polyester resin. In addition, lightweight plastic front fenders were used to complete the transformation from boxy to a sleek, aerodynamic machine. The rear suspension was carried over from previous models as well, but the front suspension was changed to provide a softer ride and better handling. New for the 1993 Camaro was the addition of rack and pinion steering, further adding to the modernization of the vehicle. For the first time, the 1993 Camaro was also equipped with dual airbags and ABS as standard features, making the vehicle safer. The only casualty for the 1993 Camaro trim lineup was the convertible, which would reappear in 1994. The available trim that were available were the base and Z28, narrowing down the large number of trim lines that were previously available.  The 1993 Camaro Z28 was also picked to be the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500, so a “pace car edition” was available. The $995 “pace car” option added “Indy 500” logos to a black and white color scheme, with multicolor pinstripes and white painted wheels. There were only 633 produced and sold, making it a valuable collector’s item today. One very distinctive feature of the 1993 Camaro Z28 is that they all featured a black top no matter what color the body was. This made the 1993 Camaro Z28 stand out even more, not like the new body style was not noticeable enough.

1993 Chevrolet Camaro z28 Burnout
1993 Chevrolet Camaro z28

The 1993 Camaro also featured changes to the engine availability as well.  The base model was available with a more powerful 3.4-liter v6 that produced 160hp, which was only ten less horsepower than the standard v8 of the prior year. With only one v6 available, those who wanted fuel economy could still have a powerful sports car. The 1993 Camaro Z28 was powered by a 5.7-liter v8 that produced 275hp known as the LT1, which debuted in the Corvette the year prior. The LT1 engine remained as one of the common motors featured in both the Corvette and the Camaro. The 1993 Camaro Z28 also featured an optional Borg-Warner 6spd manual transmission, making the 1993 Camaro the first of many vehicles to use this transmission. Although the Z28 came standard with a manual transmission, it was also available with an automatic transmission. The base came standard as an automatic, but for those that wanted more of the sports car feel, they could be ordered with a 6spd manual transmission as well.

There were around 40,000 1993 Camaros, both base and Z28 produced with a base price of around $12,000 for the base and around $18,000 for the Z28. Unfortunately, the 1993 Camaro was the last year it would be considered a pony car. The following year, the new Mustang body style was released and put the cars in direct competition once again for the first time since 1973. In 2002, the decision was made to cease production of the Camaro, but thankfully, they were reintroduced with the retro body style in 2010. For those who are nostalgic, there are still some 1993 Camaro’s out there for you to purchase, as being the first of the body style made it a very collectable vehicle.

 

Jun 18

Corvette Insurance | Purchasing the right Corvette insurance for your needs

Overview

Insurance is one of the most important things you need when you have a Corvette, besides of course, gasoline. Every state requires that you have insurance if you are a licensed driver, but owning a Corvette or other high-end sports cars means you need to have the right insurance. Corvette insurance today is not hard to find, but with the varieties of policies and coverage available, it can be a challenge to make sure you have the right Corvette insurance that covers everything you need it to. Corvette insurance is important, and is usually somewhat pricey no matter what options you choose, so you want to be sure that you are getting all the coverage that you are paying for.

Chevrolet Corvette GT1 390
Chevrolet Corvette GT1 390

History of Corvette insurance

In the 1960s and 1970s, Corvette insurance was very hard to obtain, especially for those under age 25. If you were under 25 and lucky enough to be insured, monthly premiums for Corvette insurance were so high, they sometimes surpassed the amount of the monthly payment. Even the minimal coverage was usually more than one could afford. This is when Corvettes became more of a status symbol due to the cost of owning one, especially the cost of Corvette insurance. You had to be older, or be wealthy just to be able to own one and be able to drive it. Back then, there were also not as many options in types of insurance policies and coverage available to make Corvette insurance affordable for everyone. Today Corvette insurance is surely not cheap, but with the wider variety of options, it is much for affordable for everyone, not just those over 25 or the wealthy.

Different types of Corvette insurance

Today there are many types of Corvette insurance policies available. You can choose a standard insurance policy if your Corvette is your daily driver, “agreed value” insurance that covers the vehicle up to a value agreed upon between the owner and insurance adjusters, and classic or collector car insurance. To determine which option is best for you, there are some points you need to take into account to make sure that your Corvette insurance covers your particular vehicle.

Standard car insurance is the same insurance that covers any other vehicle you drive.  If your vehicle is damaged or totaled, the value of the vehicle is based on the depreciated book value determined by the insurance adjusters. Your premium is based on the motor size, year of the vehicle and your driving record, not as much the type of car and the potential collector value. This means no matter what you paid for it and no matter how much money you have put into it, if it is damaged beyond repair, you will be paid the standard book value for the vehicle. This type of Corvette insurance is only a good option if this is your only car that you do not treat as anything special.

If you have a Corvette that is older and you have put money into it, you may want to consider Corvette insurance based on “agreed value”. Instead of determining the premium based on just the motor size and type of vehicle and your driving record, the vehicle is insured at a value that you and your insurance company agree on. This means taking the amount you paid for the vehicle, any upgrades you have put on the vehicle as well as the potential market value into consideration, and determining your Corvette insurance policy on that instead. If you drive the vehicle daily, it may cost you more than standard insurance, but if the vehicle is damaged or totaled, the amount you will be paid will be determined on the market value and upgrades of the vehicle, which means you will get closer to what you have invested in the vehicle. This type of Corvette insurance also covers damage to the vehicle that may involve upgrades such as body kits or other aftermarket items you have added to the vehicle that standard insurance will not cover. Corvette insurance of this type makes sense for those that treat their Corvette as a collector vehicle, but still drive it on a frequent basis. It is also a good way to insure a vehicle that is in the process of being restored, as you can update the agreed value as progression is made in the restoration.

Corvette crash
Corvette crash

Classic or collector Corvette insurance is a good option for those that mainly just show or race their car, or drive it minimally. Classic or collector Corvette insurance is probably one of the least expensive policies you can get for your Corvette. Most policies require that you do get historical or collector plates for the vehicle as well, which means the vehicle in most states must be 25 years old or older. Historical or collector plates can also be a benefit and a cost savings as you only pay for them once and they do not expire.  However, you must strictly follow the rules that go along with both the license plates and this type of Corvette insurance policy. There are strict mileage limits as well as requirements to obtain the policy such as pictures of specific areas of the vehicle. These policies are also based on a vehicle value that is agreed on between the insured and insurance adjusters, and covers all added upgrades to the vehicle. This is especially a good choice for those that live in areas that the climate only allows a few months to drive the vehicle and it is mostly taken to shows or to the racetrack on the weekends.

Summary

You always want to be sure that your Corvette insurance covers exactly what you want it to. With most people not realizing they have options, sometimes coverage they think may be enough is not. With a little research, you can determine what the best policy for Corvette insurance for you is. Think about how much you drive your vehicle and the amount you have invested into it, and then decide which the best insurance for you is. Having the right Corvette insurance policy can not only save you money upfront, but also assure you that if your Corvette is damaged or totaled you will receive the true value of the vehicle, not just the book value.

 

Jun 11

The History and Heart of the Camaro from 1967 to 1981

 

History of the Camaro

General Motors held a live press conference on June 28, 1966, the first of its kind that linked 14 cities together by telephone lines. The General Manager of Chevrolet at the time was Pete Estes, who called the press conference to announce a new car line, code named project XP-836. As Chevrolet tried to keep with its history of naming all cars with the letter “C”, the Camaro name was unveiled. He explained he wanted a name that denoted a personal relationship that an owner should have with their car, as well as something that just means, “Go!”. When asked by the press what Camaro meant, he jokingly referred to it as a “small creature that ate Mustangs”, the very car it was built to compete with. The first look at the Camaro was at a press review in Detroit, Michigan in September of 1966, and then in Los Angeles a week after Detroit. The first Camaro was available to the public on September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year.

1969 Chevy Camaro Superchevy
1969 Chevy Camaro Superchevy

The first generation – 1967 to 1969

The first generation Camaro debuted in September 1966, as the new 1967 model, and remained in production until 1969. The Camaro was designed to replace their previous compact sports car offering, the Corvair. Due to its rear engine design, it was the center of controversy as being unsafe and bad publicity ultimately led to its demise. With the Camaro set to compete against the Ford Mustang, Chevy executives knew that the Camaro engine not only had to be in the front of the vehicle, but the Camaro engine had to provide more power under the hood than the Mustang had.  Chevy designed a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body design just for the Camaro.  It was available as a 2-door, with enough room for the driver and 3 passengers. Thinking ahead, the designers of the Camaro also made it possible for a number of power plants to fit in the Camaro engine compartment. There were six available Camaro engine choices for the first generation; a 4.1-liter 250 cubic inch inline v6, and 4.9-liter 302 cubic inch, 5.0-liter 307 cubic inch, 5.4-liter 327 cubic inch, 5.7-liter 350 cubic inch and 6.5-liter 396 cubic inch v8 engines. It did not make any different which Camaro engine a buyer chose; they all made the Camaro a muscle car.

Camaro engine
1968 Camaro engine

The second generation – 1970 to 1981

The first change in body style denoting the second generation Camaro was introduced in February of 1970, and remained until 1981, with only a few cosmetic changes made in 1974 and 1978. The restyling of the Camaro made it larger and wider than the previous model, but it maintained the F-body frame and ample engine compartment. For the first few years of production, Camaro engine choices remained the same as in the previous generation, however, the gas crunch of the early 70s saw the bigger engines slowly become phased out. Camaro engine choices were narrowed down to the 4.1-liter v6 and 5.7-liter v8 for quite a few years. In 1971, a popular car magazine chose the 1971 SS350 Camaro as one of the 10 best cars in the world. As the gas crisis declined, the desire for muscle cars increased, so Chevy reintroduced the Camaro Z28 package in 1977.  Once again, there was a choice as to which Camaro engine you wanted.  The Z28 was powered by the inline v6, the 305 cubic inch v8, and the 350 cubic inch v8. The 350 cubic inch V8 Camaro engine in the Z28 was tuned to produce 185hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The 1981 Camaro is a very popular choice among collectors, as it was the last year of the longest running body style that was available.  This body is also a good choice for those who turn them into racecars, as the large open engine compartment allows for installation of almost any size Camaro engine ever produced.

1971 Chevy Camaro Z28
1971 Chevy Camaro Z28

Summary

The first generation of Camaros introduced buyers to a new car designed to compete with any other muscle car produced, especially the Ford Mustang. With the uniquely designed Camaro engine compartment it made it possible to power a Camaro to fit just about every budget. The second generation Camaro was the longest running body style made, and aside from cutting back trim levels during the gas crisis, it remained available with enough Camaro engine sizes to keep it in contention with the other big carmakers. For those wanting to a restore a Camaro, choosing one of the first or second-generation models allows unique personalization of the car with whatever Camaro engine size desired. This holds true the thoughts of the original designers, to make the car appeal to people on a personal level, and that it just what it does.

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