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 |  Sep 17 2011, 9:00 AM

Love it or hate, but the Chevrolet Camaro has lots of fans, and they are never shy to show their appreciation for the car. At a recent contest held by the Bowtie brand, 125,000 fans voted on what they think is the best Chevy ever made, and the winner is…. the 1969 Camaro, edging out the Chevelle SS as a fan favorite.

Tom Peters, who has designed many Chevrolets over the years, including the C6 Corvette, was very pleased with this nod to the ’69 Camaro, especially since he fell in love with one when he was 14 and he now currently owns one. Peters said; “the ’69 Camaro is not only one of the best vehicles in Chevrolet’s history but one of the best vehicles ever.”

He adds that; “Today, the ’69 Camaro has become one of the best examples of timeless design in the industry. Like the very best designs, the Camaro is much more than just a machine because it evokes powerful emotions in people of all ages. That’s why we looked to the ’69 for inspiration when designing the fifth-generation Camaro, and why the ’69 Camaro is an example of the timeless vehicles Chevrolet will strive to deliver for the next 100 years.”

It is worth noting that the current Camaro is among the best selling sportscars on the planet currently. So while enthusiasts and auto critics might not have much love for the new Camaro, the buying public begs to differ.

 |  May 18 2010, 12:29 PM

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In a perfect example of a good concept with poor execution, this brand new Chevy Camaro sports a retro-style 1969 Camaro SS front end. Sure the idea behind it is interesting, giving the Camaro more of a traditional, old school hot-rod look to the new-style body. But let’s face it; modern car design lines often just don’t mesh with the classics that inspired them.

The whole project reminds us of when in the late ’90s the import world got scarily overwhelmed with body kits that incorporated different headlights or even taillights to the fold. Civics with Acura CL headlights, or entire Integra front ends; some sporting Supra taillights and headlights. The variations were so random in combining body components from other cars that we all breathed a sigh of relief when the fad ended.

But now it’s just a pure oddity to see this showing up with traditional domestic tuners and hot-rodders, taking the perfectly fine looking new generation Camaro and squeezing on a completely disproportional front end that from a classic ’69 Camaro SS.

The car in question was spotted at the recent Carlisle Performance & Sound show, which is mostly full of domestics and hot rods. The whole project is sort of an interesting idea to us, paying homage to a real classic, but if another company is going to step up to the plate to offer another retro-style kit, they better execute with better flowing lines and elongate the front end a bit more. Post your thoughts in the comments!

[Source: CarDomain Blog]

GALLERY: Retro-Style New Camaro

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