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Space Coast Camaros • Where the " Camaro " name came from.
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Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:59 am
by skybrake
Came across the below on the
http://www.camaroz28.com/the-history-of ... me-camaro/
site..... its the story of where the camaro name came from.


According to documents dated June 10, 1966, and exhaustive search was conducted for appropriate names starting with the letter “C.” It should also be noted that at that time in Chevy’s history, all of the car lines started with the letter “C”. Chevrolet, Chevelle, Chevy II, Corvair and Corvette. Bel Air, Impala, Malibu, etc were models within the car lines. This letter designation stayed true until the fall of 1969 when the 1970 Monte Carlo was introduced.

A short list was developed from a list of over 2,200 words starting with “C”, and then an even more massive search was done to ensure that the name picked would not have any negative connotation.

One word really stood out from the others…”Camaro.”

In Heath’s New French and English Dictionary dated 1932, the word “Camaro” is defined as “Comrade, Friend, Mate, Chum, or Pal.” Thus, the name “Camaro” was chosen and blessed by then-General Manager Elliot M. “Pete” Estes, who would later become President of General Motors. When announcing the Camaro to the press worldwide, Mr. Estes had this to say about the name: “Chevrolet has chosen a name which is lithe and graceful….in keeping with our other car names beginning with ‘C.’ It suggests comradeship of good friends, as a personal car should be to its owner.”

And so it was, and on September 29, 1966, the Camaro roared to life in thousands of Chevy dealerships nationwide.

From a personal perspective, we often wonder if Mr. Estes had any inkling that the Camaro would go on to become an American Icon with a 35 year history, and that the car would forge untold numbers of friendships; pals or comrades, if you will.

Special thanks to Scott Settlemire and General Motors for supplying this information.

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:04 am
by 1JEWLDSSRS
Great info, thanks for sharing this. I had heard that is what "camaro" meant, but never read the story behind it. Good stuff... :think:

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:38 am
by AntiPriuSS
Or in Bo peeps case it's a small vicious animial that eats.........everything

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:57 pm
by skybrake
That cracked me up antiprius....!

Very true but bo-peep is still my pal even if its a carniverous camaro...."carnivamaro"

Tigers need love too :-)

I should make a front back t-shirt out of the above red.

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:15 pm
by AntiPriuSS
See 5th gens is what happens when 1st gens are not put on a speciality diet and are allowed to gorge them selves without going to the gym

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:21 pm
by 1JEWLDSSRS
Yep. 3900lbs of overweight monster that can, and will eat anything in it's way!!!. At least mine will now..Also that WOULD make a great tee shirt skybrake..

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:48 pm
by AntiPriuSS
Id take one :)

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:03 am
by skybrake
Just needs an image :-)
....wonder if i could make bo-peep a set of oversized paper teeth

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:11 pm
by AntiPriuSS
hmmmm I have an idea :)

can you send me img_1583 I cant pull it off of your flicker account Im doing to do some playing around in photoshop

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:18 am
by skybrake
just sent 1583 to your regular email ...

Poor bo-peep is about to get a pair of adobe "dentures" it seems...

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:35 am
by AntiPriuSS
THinking something a little more dramatic than just dentures though :)

Image

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:41 am
by Dion.Rentos
I am going to get these for my Camaro :-)

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Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:54 am
by AntiPriuSS
Yeah I was looking at those for my SS the install requires some cutting of the bumper so I have decided against it for now.

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:32 pm
by 1JEWLDSSRS
I saw those also and kinda like them, but cutting the bumper is out of the question..At least for now until I see them in person on a real car.

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:48 pm
by AntiPriuSS
And Dion I thought ACC only made them for the SS bumper

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:07 pm
by Dion.Rentos
It was only for the SS for a while but then came out with one for the RS


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Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:07 am
by SixCyl
Another fun fact: Ford found an alternative origin to the word camaro from old Portugese where camaro means "tiny shrimp." Someone was mad. lol

Re: Where the " Camaro " name came from.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:23 pm
by skybrake
funny thing is my daily is a FORD expi...funny cause its true.