And then came a gutsy Pony Car from Chevrolet! Just when other manufacturers were caving Chevy kept driving! The 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro kept its size – and – Kept those all out sporty looks! Chevy had won this round over the competition! The 3rd generation Camaro born in 1982 remained in production through 1992. You should have this milestone pix up on your walls or printed on available products from VivaChas! If this is your fave Chevy get your print now before you forget! I know you’ll treasure it! Click Here! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art!
3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro of Controversy!
Yep! That’s what I said! The 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro is what I like to call Controversial! We’ll get to the controversy in a minute. We got specification-junkies drooling for some stats! Stuff like – the 3rd gen Camaro used “General Motors’s F-body platform. And produced a ’20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition’ for 1987. Followed by the ’25th Anniversary Heritage Edition’ for 1992. These were also the first Camaros with factory fuel injection! First with four-speed automatic transmissions! They had five-speed manual transmissions! – And this bit was controversial back in the day – four-cylinder engines! – Eeek!! Gen Three offered 16-inch wheels, and hatchback bodies. For 1987 a convertible Camaro was reintroduced! ASC made the Rag-Tops in relatively small numbers.” Source: Camaro Wiki
Can’t Wait to See a 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro TV Commercial!!!
The 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro 1986 IROC-Z! Video Source: Chevy Tom
Maybe you Knew this about Camaro!
Did you know that the 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro “design owed nothing to previous generations. The large and complex rear window reflected recent advances in car glass design. The front windshield reclined at 62 degrees! That broke an internal GM rule limiting such angles to sixty degrees. The rear seat folded down to expand the luggage compartment, which was accessed through a large rear hatch!” – Yeah common knowledge you say! – But – I say most drivers didn’t know that! ~;0)
Chevy Camaro Sales Training Video!
Here’s one of those long info-mercials that usually fill the part of the training program for car salesmen! – Haa! – It’s all good! Video Source: racerboyroy
1982 was a big year for Chevy!
When Chevrolet introduced the New 3rd Generation Camaro in 1982 they were again breaking new ground! “The Camaro Z28 was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 1982. Three models filled the bill that year: Sport Coupe, Berlinetta, and Z28. 173,000 Camaros were sold in the United States in 1982. 12 per cent of buyers took the four-cylinder! While 37 per cent chose the V6! And 51 per cent opted for the V8! – The Sport Coupe came standard with the 2.5 L (151 cu in) LQ9 four-cylinder engine. The 2.8 L (173 cu in) LC1 V6 and the 5.0 L (305 cu in) LG4 V8 were optional. Dog dish-style hubcaps were standard. Full wheel covers were optional as were steel, five-spoke 14×7-inch body-colored rally wheels.” Source: Camaro Wiki
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The 82 Berlinetta was Special!
The 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro “Berlinetta came with the standard 2.8 LC1 V6 or the optional 5.0 LG4 V8. The Berlinetta came standard with its own unique 14×7-inch finned aluminum wheel! And that wheel sported gold accenting and ‘Berlinetta’ center cap. It wore special lower body pin striping, gold ‘Berlinetta’ badging, and headlamp pockets were painted in an accent color. The taillights got a gold and black horizontal divider bar. The interior came standard with custom cloth interior! And it dazzled with a rear storage well cover and additional carpeting on rear wheelhouses. It also came standard with additional body insulation and full instrumentation.” Nice Ride! ~;0) Source: Camaro Wiki
Z-28 and Controversy!
“The Z28 came standard with the 5.0 L LG4 4-bbl V8! Or you could get the optional LU5 twin TBI ‘Cross Fire Injection’ 5.0 L (305 cu in). The carbureted engine was available with either a four-speed manual or three-speed 350 lockup automatic transmission. It knocked-out 145 hp (108 kW), while the optional Cross Fire Injection 305 was rated at 165 hp (123 kW). The new Camaro received positive reviews for its styling and handling! – But – It was criticized for the low power ratings for the Camaro Z28.” I mean Really! Were Emission standards that hard to deal with? Some of Chevy’s competition left this breed of Camaro blowing in the breeze! – Haa!
“The Camaro Z28 paced the 1982 Indianapolis 500 race! And over 6,000 appearance replicas were sold through Chevrolet dealers. The edition featured special two-tone silver/blue paint and special striping. They sported orange pin-striping on 15-inch (380 mm) Z28 wheels, and a silver/blue interior. Six-way Lear-Seigler manually adjustable seating carried. Engine choices in the pace cars were the same as the regular production Z28. The car that actually paced the event was equipped with a highly modified all aluminum 5.7 L V8 that was not available on the replica cars.
At the 1982 Geneva Motor Show, a special European specification version debuted, the Camaro Z28E. This received the 157 PS (115 kW) DIN carbureted V8. Later the 108 PS (79 kW) V6 was soon added to the lineup. Source: Embarrassed Camaro Wiki
Camaro Generations Series at VivaChas!
This Article addressing the 3rd Generation Chevrolet Camaro is the Third in the Series – Chevy Camaro Generations! If you’d like to start at the beginning of the Series Click Here or Click the pix of the 1st Gen Camaro below! – We’ll save your place here so you don’t get lost! ~;0)
Just One More Thing!
“1992 marked the final year of the third generation Camaro. A ’25th Anniversary Heritage Edition’ option was planned with Corvette aluminum cylinder heads, tubular exhaust headers, and 6-speed manual transmission! – But – this was scrapped in favor of a ‘Heritage Package’ option (RPO Z03). That Edition amounted to nothing more than a graphics package of badges and rally stripes. All 1992 Camaros received a ’25th Anniversary’ badge on the dashboard. The 1992 version of the Camaro B4C (Special Service Package) got the addition of 1LE brakes. Brakes that made it perhaps the best stopping third generation Camaro available with air conditioning. A total of 589 B4Cs were sold. The B4C option was deemed popular enough to be carried on to the fourth generation model.” Sad and controversial ending to the 3rd Generation of Camaro ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!