The first Chevrolet Camaro ever built will be put on display on the sidelines of the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise taking place late this summer in Detroit.
Serial number 100001 will be displayed in a glass cube in Detroit as part of a program by the Historical Vehicle Association.
It’s set to join the HVA’s register, following guidelines set up by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation and the Historic American Engineering Record. The car will join a handful of other registered vehicles, material on which is kept a the Library of Congress.
To celebrate the addition of the Camaro 100001 to the register, HVA has listed some details you probably never knew about the Camaro.
1) The first Camaro was actually a pilot production car assembled before those intended to be sold to the public. It rolled off the line on May 21, 1966.
2) It was one of 49 pilot prototypes built at General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] Norwood plant just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Norwood plant wasn’t going to be the only assembly line for Camaros, however, so the company also built three pilot prototypes eight weeks later at a plant in Los Angeles, California.
3) Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] spent years teasing the public with show cars and concepts that hinted at the anticipated Mustang. GM, by contrast, revealed nothing about the Camaro until the car’s name announcement in June 1966 and formal Detroit launch in August 1966.
4) GM had several other names on consideration. The list included Commander, Panther, Wildcat and even Gemini.
5) Development of the Camaro was rushed (taking about 36 months) after the existing Corvair failed to lure Mustang buyers.
6) As part of GM tradition at the time, pilot production cars featured a gold exterior and interior color scheme—a combination Camaro 100001 maintains.
7) The Camaro is the third most popular collector car in the United States, based on insurance status compiled by Hagerty. The Corvette is at the top of the list followed by the Mustang in second place.
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