Before any official announcement, reports began running during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, codenamed Panther. On June 21, 1966,…
Before any official announcement, reports began running during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, codenamed Panther. On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive journalists received a telegram from General Motors stating, “…please save noon of June 28 for an important meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow…signed John L. Cutter – Chevrolet public relations.” The following day, the same journalists received another General Motors telegram stating, “Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 28…signed John L. Cutter – Chevrolet public relations SEPAW secretary.” These telegrams puzzled the automotive press.
On June 28, 1966, General Motors held a live press conference in Detroit’s Statler-Hilton Hotel. It was the first time that 14 cities were connected in real time for a press conference via telephone lines. Chevrolet general manager Pete Estes started the news conference stating that all attendees of the conference were charter members of the Society for the Elimination of Panthers from the Automotive World and that this would be the first and last meeting of SEPAW. Estes then announced a new car line special project designation XP-836, and unveiled the Camaro. The automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers, what is a Camaro? and they were told it was a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.
Offered here is a spectacular example of the 1969 model year, the very last of the first generation Mustang eating Camaros. Refinished in 2015 Camaro Synergy Green metallic paint with black Rally stripes and wearing a beautiful set of 14” Rally wheels, this pony car is a perfect blend of old and new. The added SS trim package completes the look, paired with a robust 350 cubic inch V8 and backed with a 4 speed automatic transmission, this car is perfect for powering down the drag strip or just cruising the boulevard. Mechanically inspected and freshly serviced by Coachwerks Restoration, this 1969 Camaro SS Clone is ready for summer!
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