How the Ford Mustang Helped Create the Camaro and Celica

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Toyota Celica Cruising Deck

How the Ford Mustang Helped the Camaro and Celica

A few pony may have preceded the launch of the Mustang . but as the Mustang’s popularity to new heights and set new sales records for it was only a matter of time rival automakers quickly their own competitors. It was surprising, that one came from the corner of the world.

1967 Camaro

General Motors thinking about a sporty in 1958, but it took until well after the arrival of the Mustang, before the Henry Chevrolet design studio was to get serious with project — the car that would the Chevrolet Camaro.

“We had done a little coupe – the Super — that was pretty and we showed it down at the New York recalled Bunkie Knudsen, Chevrolet’s general manager, in Lamm’s The Camaro Book . little car. When saw it there on the stand, some of people came over and very interested. They me if we were planning to build it. I them we would if we could, but I get approval. The corporate people give us approval. As soon as the came out, I knew we something to compete with it, but we just couldn’t get approval.

Once approval was given, a proved elusive. Proposed included the aforementioned Super moniker, along with and Commander. Panther was another that circulated widely in the but during a fourteen-city, closed-circuit, press conference on June 29, Chevrolet general manager Estes announced the “Camaro,” a that Chevy executives to define. Estes joked he had up after locking himself in a Chevrolet’s press office the word was French slang for a or “buddy,” but some skeptics the word was rather close to the term for “shrimp” – not a desirable for a vehicle aimed at an audience an insatiable appetite for engine and power.

Chevrolet leaked its own spy pictures of the car summer. In late September the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro dealers. The long-hood/short- deck echoed the GT-style proportions of the while the sensuous lines the European tastes of GM design Bill Mitchell. The semi-unibody was shared with the 1968 II, and engine choices included a in-line six, a 4.1-liter a 5.0-liter V-8, a 5.4-liter a 5.7-liter V-8, and a 6.5-liter At the time, a Camaro RS with a (SAE gross) 5.4-liter a four-speed manual transmission, and a final-drive ratio could 60 mph in 9.1 seconds on the way to a quarter mile in seconds at 87 mph. The Chevrolet sold fairly quickly: were sold in 1967, and 235,147 moved off dealers’ in 1968.

Ash Beheshti is just the third of the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro here, with its 327-cubic-inch V-8 second owner restored the car and the “SS” badges). It recalls for him the when his father drove a of ’67 Camaros, and Beheshti has even an iPod playlist of 1960s that he listens to while “There are a million Bentley in Beverly Hills,” he says, when I’m cruising there on a it’s this car that everyone wave and then out their smartphones to take a

Toyota Celica Cruising Deck

1971 Toyota Celica


The of the Ford Mustang’s introduction in could be felt even in where the Toyota Celica not only a success in its home but also was one of the first cars to a smaller, more fuel-efficient of the Mustang formula to the United

Toyota ventured into the car market in 1967 with the 2000GT, originally a concept car and built by Yamaha for Nissan as would become the Datsun Production ended in 1970 just 337 examples were because of the project’s high Instead Toyota went with a new car styled like the a 2000GT-based concept shown at the Tokyo motor show. car arrived at the 1970 Tokyo as the Toyota Celica, a name from the Latin word for It went on sale in America the summer as the 1971 Toyota ST. Some 17,572 examples sold in the United States.

Just as the Chevy II and the Ford provided the basis of the Camaro and the Mustang, respectively, the humble Carina sedan provided the Celica’s rear-wheel-drive chassis, and a four-cylinder engine made 108 hp. The became even more with the fastback-style 1976 Celica Liftback, a far better of the Mustang look than the Ford Mustang II.

The very example of the 1971 Toyota ST pictured below—the thirteenth for the U.S. market—is owned by Luz, who acquired it from his friend Tony Vergara. ToyGarage in Los Angeles is known for Toyotas, and Luz himself has been a behind the Japanese Classic Car the best display of such in the United States.

Toyota Celica Cruising Deck
Toyota Celica Cruising Deck
Toyota Celica Cruising Deck
Toyota Celica Cruising Deck

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