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 |  Apr 05 2013, 9:01 AM

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The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is essentially a big toy for big boys, and now the convertible variant will be acting as the official Festival cars for this year’s Indianapolis 500.

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 |  Mar 27 2012, 7:45 PM

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Last May, Chevrolet debuted its 45th Anniversary Camaro, offering the package to any 2LT or 2SS trim level coupe or convertible. However, the first 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible is a different story. For that, head down to Palm Beach, Fla. on April 6 for the Barrett-Jackson Auction.

All proceeds from the sale of the 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The 45th Anniversary package comes with Carbon Flash Metallic paint, 20-inch wheels, unique stripe package, custom interior with black and red leather seats, custom fog lights, taillights, and 45th Anniversary badging.

Purchased separately, the package is priced at $1,375, which isn’t bad considering what you get.

That price is sure not to apply to the 2SS 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible, which is one-of-a-kind with VIN 001 sporting the 6.2L V8 with a six-speed manual transmission. Those that can’t attend the event in Florida may also bid online.

GALLERY: 45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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 |  Jan 29 2012, 10:00 AM

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? This custom classic Chevy Camaro combines vintage good looks with cutting-edge technology, allowing it to accelerate, turn and stop better than the majority of cars on the road today.

This frame-up built Camaro Pro Touring features an LS3 V8 powerplant under the hood and could be yours for the price of $129,900. It only sports 409-miles on the odometer, and its House of Kolor Galaxy Gray exterior is subtle yet classy.

The car originated from Pennsylvania, but was shipped over to The Installation Center out in Cleveland, Georgia where it began its impressive rebuild process. The majority of panels were replaced with high-quality restoration pieces before the vehicle made its way to Classic Cars Southeast in Lebanon, Tennessee where the body was fine-tuned to showroom fit and finish. The Galaxy Gray was then meticulously sprayed onto the vehicle while a set of House of Kolor Laser Red stripes contrasts the otherwise subtle exterior.

Under the hood however is a pristine 480-hp GM Performance Parts LS376/480 Hot Cam V8 powerplant. Cooling on the V8 has been upgraded with a Griffin polished aluminum radiator, an electric fan and fresh new hoses. Ceramic long-tube headers and a true  dual stainless steel exhaust system expels out all the fumes.

The suspension on this retro resale has been overhauled with products from Hotchkis, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks, and Varishock while the brakes are courtesy of G-street. On each of the four corners are 17-inch Foose Nitrous Chrome Legend wheels sporting Fuzion ZR1 rubber. The interior is traditional ’68 Camaro but has received some custom accents from M&M Hot Rod Interiors and Marquez Design. There is even some good ‘ol Kenwood speakers with Alpine amplifiers to give the Camaro a more sonorous cabin when you’re not enjoying the tone of the exhaust.

GALLERY: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  May 20 2011, 8:43 AM

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Just over a week until the running of the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet has released a history in pictures to help celebrate 100 years of shared history since Arthur Chevrolet got behind the wheel in the inaugural running of the great American race.

Just a few months later brother Louis and Buick racing team owner Billy Durant incorporated Chevrolet Motor Car Co. in Detroit. By 1915 Louis got out of the car building enterprise to focus on racing, competing at the 1915 Indianapolis race and again in 1919 with brother Gaston. A year later, Gaston took the checkered flag in his Monroe-Frontenac.

Since 1945 Chevrolet has been heavily involved in the Indy 500 race, competing from 1986-93 and 2002-05, winning 104 races and seven victories. And let’s not forget a history of pace cars, with a Chevrolet as the official pace car 21 times in the past. Making it 22 this year will be a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible, inspired by the ’69 Camaro pace car’s white exterior and orange stripes. And like in the past, Chevy will offer a limited edition version of that car for sale, with just 500 units being built.

But Chevy’s involvement in future Indy 500 races won’t be limited to just pace cars with the automaker announcing a new twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V6 engine that will power Team Penske (among others) during next year’s racing season.

GALLERY: Chevy and Indy Celebrate 100 Years of Shared History

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 |  Nov 17 2010, 2:15 PM

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After viewing the new Camaro Convertible at a private event yesterday, Chevrolet has today officially revealed the car at the LA Auto Show with Chevy’s marketing boss Chris Perry confirming the Camaros dominance over the Mustang.

Rolling out the newest American muscle drop-top Perry commented that Chevy is poised to close out the year with Camaro sales ahead of the Mustang. He was also eager to point out that so far the Camaro has been able to make such impressive sales with just the coupe model, beating out the Mustang coupe, convertible and GT500.

Sporting a rag-top, rather than a hard-top, the convertible model gains just 200 lbs over its coupe counterpart. Added bracing has been added to the chassis, as well as under the hood, where a massive strut tower bar is a very obvious addition. Both the V6 and V8 engines will be offered with either a manual or automatic transmission. The V6 engine having been upgraded recently now makes 312-hp, while the V8-powered SS will make as much as 426-hp with the 6-speed stick.

Unfortunately many of the cheap plastics from the coupe carry over and they even stand out more thanks to some bright paintwork. Higher grade models get some impressive leather seats, while base models still have a Cobalt-esque look and feel.

Exact pricing hasn’t been set, but Chevy says the car will start at around $30,000 and base V6 models will come better equipped than the entry-level Coupe trim.

GALLERY: Chevy Camaro Convertible

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 |  Nov 12 2010, 8:15 AM

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Set to make its world premiere next Wednesday at the LA Auto Show, Chevrolet has released the first official pics of the new 2011 Camaro Convertible on its Camaro Facebook page.

Sporting a rag-top, rather than a hard-top, the convertible model should only get a small weight gain over its coupe counterpart. Both the V6 and V8 engines will be offered with either a manual or automatic transmission. The V6 engine having been upgraded recently now makes 312-hp, while the V8-powered SS will make as much as 426-hp with the 6-speed stick.

Car will go on sale in March starting at close to $30,000.

We’ll bring you more on the new Camaro Convertible with LA Auto Show coverage starting Wednesday, November 17. Until then, check out our LA Auto Show Preview here.

GALLERY: 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible

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[Source: Chevy Camaro Facebook Page]

 |  Oct 20 2010, 7:55 AM

The Camaro is a hit. Need proof? Apart from the already impressive sales numbers for the standard V6 and SS models, Chevy found 100 buyers for all of its Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertibles, with the extravagantly priced ($75,000) muscle cars selling out in just 3 minutes.

With some simple yet shocking math, that’s a total of 7.5 million in Camaros. (Whoever thought up this marketing plan is getting a big bonus for 2010).

The 100 Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertibles get a Deep Bordeaux paint job and upgraded leather interior, while power comes from the 6.2-liter V8.

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 |  Oct 04 2010, 8:49 AM

Chevy has confirmed that the new 2011 Camaro Convertible will debut at the LA Auto Show this November. The car will then be available in dealerships starting in February as GM hopes to capitalize on the Spring/Summer rush.

Both a 312-hp 3.6-liter V6 and the top-dog 6.2-liter V8 will be offered, and buyers will be able to choose either a six-speed automatic or manual regardless of engine.

Pricing will be set at $30,000 (including a $850 destination charge) to start, a significant $7,000 hike compared to the coupe.

GM is expected to release more details in the lead-up to the LA Auto Show, with the official unveiling set for November 17th. Until then, see AutoGuide’s complete 2010 LA Auto Show Preview here.

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 |  Sep 24 2010, 9:12 AM

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Not only is it not even for sale, Chevy hasn’t even officially unveiled the Camaro Convertible yet – but that isn’t stopping them from auctioning off one of the first models at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson even today.

That doesn’t mean the Camaro Convertible will be revealed today, however, as Chevy says the vehicle being shown at the Mandalay Bay auction will be the concept vehicle that has been touring auto shows throughout the world. Its not the first Camaro Convertible either, as that model will be kept by GM for its museum.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will go to help the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

How much would you pay for a Camaro Convertible?

GALLERY: Chevy Camaro Convertible Concept

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 |  Apr 15 2010, 10:28 AM

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Chevy has just teased two pictures of the upcoming Camaro Convertible on its official Facebook page. The two pics (front and back) show a mostly unchanged vehicle from the original concept – as we expected.

No new details are available, but there’s not much to tell. We expect both V6 and V8 options, including the big 426-hp SS. Both automatic and manual transmissions should be offered (not that they’ll sell many stick-shifts). As for the top, it’ll be a soft top, which should help keep the weight gain to a minimum. Still, with the Camaro already a heft player, expect a cub weight of around 4,300 lbs – if not more.

Chevy is set to put the Camaro Convertible into production early in 2011 and if you listed carefully you can actually hear the fleet buyers at rental car agencies opening their wallets.

GALLERY: Chevy Camaro Convertible Teased

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 |  Jan 27 2010, 11:56 AM

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If you’re a fan of the all-new Camaro, likely you’ve heard about the upcoming convertible version and seen the concept. In all those photos you haven’t seen the convertible top… and for good reason. It didn’t really exist.

According to a report by Automotive News, GM has awarded Magna the contract to build the Camaro convertible top with Magna expected to deliver roughly 20,000 units annually. That’s a big number and GM is obviously hoping the Camaro convertible will be as much of a success as the hard-top. (We can already hear the rental car agencies in Florida and California chomping at the bit to get at the drop-top Camaro).

With an projected sale of 20,000 units annually, the Camaro Convertible would then join the Mustang as the best selling convertible in America. There’s even the possibility that the Camaro rag-top could overtake the Mustang Convertible, which is what the coupe has done.

The convertible tops will be manufactured at GM’s Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky and we imagine final assembly will occur at GM’s Oshawa plant where the Camaro hard-top is manufactured.

GM has yet to officially confirm the Camaro Convertible for production and has yet to unveil a production model or set an on-sale date. It is expected that a Camaro Convertible could arrive later this year as a 2011 model.

[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]