To Camaro, with love
With the Camaro nameplate retiring soon, we’re honoring the beloved two-door with a series of love letters, fun lists, and memories over the next several weeks. You can follow along by clicking here.
My first and only Camaro set me back $312 a month when I could hardly spare it. Finished in fetching pewter paint with black hood stripes, the 1973 Z/28 shot an arrow through my frontal lobe, the part of the brain that’s supposed to control our impulses. When I saw the car in the fall of 2008, my wife and I had recently finished revamping our old house and welcomed our third kid into the family. The bank account hovered near zero, I’d just started a new job, and crisis in the nation’s economy was becoming more dire by the day.
You’d have to be a fool, given the circumstances, to finance a 25-year-old pony car, right? Well, this fool convinced himself that the $22,000 Chevy wasn’t a toy—it was an investment.
About a year later, the lust fog cleared enough for me to realize that the more I used the car—in pristine condition, with only 24,000 miles on the odo—the more likely it would depreciate. All while I was making monthly payments, with interest. Investment? Please.
I sold it, lost only a couple of grand, and was hugely relieved. Yet I was sad to see the Camaro go, and I wish I still had it today.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Camaro, probably from the IROC models that were everywhere during my high school days in New Jersey’s big-hair era. When we learned earlier this year that Chevy would once again end production of its pony car, we knew we had to send it off into the history books with a comprehensive look at all six generations. It’s also the cover story of the November/December 2023 issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine.
The celebration begins at this link, which you can return to regularly as we celebrate the Camaro with more articles in the coming weeks. Make sure to check back often to read the latest stories. If you want a more tangible experience, join the Hagerty Drivers Club and enjoy our fantastic print magazine that arrives in your mailbox every other month, along with roadside assistance, full access to the Hagerty valuation tools, and more. Never stop driving!