Made: 1967-1969 (first-gen)
How many: 220,906 in first year
How fast: 0-60 6.9 seconds, 140mph (SS 350)
How to recognise one: think Bumblebee in Transformers
Price new: $2,588
Value now: a 1967 Yenko-conversion sold at auction in 2008 for US$480,000; average price in the US today for all ’67 models is $37,000
What would the Gerry Marshall Trophy at Members’ Meeting be without the Chevy Camaro? With its sheer grunt and bass growl the latter-day dices with Rover SD1s and Minis at Goodwood are the stuff of legend. And it all started 50 years ago. There have been five generations of the General’s muscle car since it literally erupted (watch the video…) on to the scene in 1966, ready to take on the world, but mostly the Ford Mustang, for the 1967 model year. In a Chev PR joke at the time, the car was said to have been named after a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs. The car came with sixes and V8s up to a big block 427 (7.0-litre) and at one stage there were 12 different engine options for it. The first-gen 2+2 body, in coupe or convertible form, established a style that endures to this day in the reborn 2009 version.