• Aug 12th 2006 at 2:03PM
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One member of the Autoblog team had his hand in developing a few parts for a car that will soon be making an appearance in the Autoblog Garage. His lament after finding out that he wouldn't be able to enjoy this paragon of luxury was to point out that he had never even sat in the vehicle, let alone get behind the wheel and drive. Our hearts go out to him and you'll understand why soon enough.

This, however, was not the case for GM's Tom Peters, lead designer for the Camaro. He got the opportunity to drive the concept for the first time and someone was smart enough to bring along the video camera.

The video provides some interesting points about the development of the concept and what kind of enthusiasm was put into the project.

Enjoy and don't forget to bid.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      It sure sounds nice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Instead of owning a 69 Camaros and the like, all general motors employees should be forced to drive Chevy Luminas or Corsicas.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Right on, Mikesright.
      Here it is--a beauty, yes?

      • 9 Years Ago
      anyone else notice the unmasked production enclave he drove around at the end?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Did'ja guys see in the background? The '41 Cadillac convertible?

      AS for the above comments about this isn't GM's best work: wrong, wrong, wrong. This car's a stunner. All those sharp lines where the rear quarter takes off, and the integration all of that into the rockers - superb.

      Just pray it doesn't get too watered down in the production car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hope they don't change it too much either, like they did on the Mustang concept. Little changes can make a big difference!
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car sounds excellent and I can't wait to own one! I am not a very big person so they don't need to change a thing for me. It is gonna be a long wait till I can see my own in my garage. Lets eat them mustangs!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wouldn't say this is GM's best work; the Solstice and latest Corvette are much more inspired designs.

      The Camaro concept has a cut-and-paste look. It's not just because of the caricatured '69 Camaro cues; the roofline has a late-60s Riviera look, and the dashboard is more . . . early-60s glitz? I also find the chunkiness of the back end unsatisfying (particularly in comparison to the lovely early-70s Camaros). Oh, and the side flanks seem too fat.

      My biggest beef is with the small glass area. I hope that GM does go ahead and add a bit of height to the roof, both for practicality's sake and aesthetics.

      Some Camaro purists have complained that the front end doesn't adequately reproduce the upright look of the '69. Me thinks this is one of the concept's best features, because it integrates the essence of the original with a more modern look. The Challenger concept would be much more appealing to me if its design interpretation wasn't so slavishly retro. To my taste, a contemporary performance car should have an aerodynamic front end, not a "brick face."
      • 9 Years Ago
      9 minutes of my life that I'll never get back!!!!!!! without a doubt, the most boring piece of crap I have ever watched. All the accolades and thanks, you would have thought he was a Nextel Cup driver at the end of a race. Again, if you haven't seen it yet don't waste your time!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I too am concerned about the late entry into the game with ths Camaro. I had the same feelings about the HHR being late to the PT Cruiser party, but I must admit the HHR now has wiped away those worries, as it is beautiful, is seen everywhere, and totally made me forget about the 4 or 5 year lead the PT had.

      I hope GM keeps with the recent trend of bringing the concept to production with almost no changes, at least on the outside. For the love of all that is holy, .. please change that awful interior. I hate that dished in steering wheel, I hate those dished in guages, and that flat as a board dash. The Camaro is beautiful on the outside, but it is not "Retro", .. and that's a good thing. It is as GM put it, "Heritage Inspired". The Interior should be the same, .. having ques from the era, rather than being flat out old fashioned.

      I truly hope GM wil not lose too much in the wheel/tire arena. The concept has 19/20 front to rear diameters I believe. I hope they will keep at least an optional package of 18" front, 19" rears. I hope they will also keep the wheel well gaps at a minimum as this is one of the keys to what looks so good about the concept.

      And lastly, I read others saying the roofline needs to be raised. Someone even mentioned a distortingly extreme of 3 inches. My thought, is that the roofline is fine, but the upper glass line of the side windows could be raised. (I think the designers were trying to cash in on the popular chopped roof look of the Chrysler 300 with the concept. I think this was for show purposes, and will change just a tad.) There is plenty of room to raise this line without altering the outside lines of the design. Even a 1/2 inch rise of the upper glass line would help ingress/egress, while still preserving the hot profile of the concept. ....
      Can't wait to see it!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Build it as is. Now.
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