• Jul 1, 2011
You can forget baseball – it seems like Americans have a new favorite pastime on their hands. No, we're not talking about saddling up to the feeding trough at the local Golden Sizzlin'. Now more than ever, we love to argue. As a country, we'll leap into a debate half-cocked, half-informed and fully armed faster than you can say, "You're fired!"

In that grand tradition, the editors at Autoblog have dug in on which of our country's convertible muscle cars is the most American – the 2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible or the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible. Motoring out across the Lady Liberty's wide open spaces in a topless muscle car is more patriotic than all the flag pins in Congress. They give our homecoming queens a perch from which to wave and make drive-in movies all the more magical.

In a twist of test fleet fate, two of us have been granted the keys to these beasts for the most American of holidays, Independence Day. Editor/Test Fleet Manager Steven J. Ewing has taken up the FoMoCo banner, leaving Associate Editor Zach Bowman to lead the Bowtie charge. Who will stand victorious?

Since it's the Fourth of July weekend and this is America, we'll leave that for the people to decide. Click past the jump to read the respective arguments for both cars and cast your vote.

2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
by Steven J. Ewing

2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

I'm sorry, but this shouldn't even be an argument. The Ford Mustang was America's first pony car, and over the past four decades, it has earned bushels of respect from car enthusiasts across the country and the world over. Sure, it's down on displacement versus the Chevy's from-the-dark-ages 6.2-liter V8, but the Mustang's 5.0-liter Coyote V8 is a modern marvel of muscular glory that practically plays "Stars and Stripes Forever" from its exhaust.

2011 Ford Mustang GT ConvertibleWhat's that, Camaro? Ward's Auto didn't name your V8 as one of its Ten Best Engines last year? Oh, sorry, well, enjoy that ancient powertrain architecture. Enjoy that insufferable interior and Hot-Wheels-on-heroin appearance, too. The Camaro is an uncultured hillbilly compared to the Mustang's classic brilliance.

But the Camaro outright loses for one simple fact: It isn't made in America. That's right. General Motors manufacturers the Camaro at its Oshawa, Ontario, Canada plant, while Ford builds the Mustang in Flat Rock, Michigan. American workers building America's muscle car to support their American dreams. What's that sound? Oh, that's just the pride of a nation.


2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
by Zach Bowman

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ewing can stuff all of that nonsense about the Ford Mustang being the first pony car. When it comes down to pure American badassery, The Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible is the head to which all other honchos should bow, and if you need proof, all you need to do is pop the hood. That pushrod 6.2-liter V8 can trace its roots all the way back to the very first 350 cubic-inch V8 ever minted by General Motors. The same engine architecture has powered everything from iconic muscle cars with names like Chevelle, Nova, Bel Air wagons and C10 pickups.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS ConvertibleThis country was functionally built on the back of the mighty 350. It drove America's kids to school and their parents to work. It hauled material, chauffeured presidents and escorted astronauts. This engine should be immortalized on our currency and emblazoned on our flag. Dual-overhead cam 5.0? Yeah, that's fine. It should go great with your block housing and bread lines.

Oh, and before anyone gets all high and mighty about the Camaro being built in Canada, I urge us all to remember one very important fact: there's nothing more American than making another country manufacture our goods. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go do some burnouts while eating apple pie and rocking David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails' "I'm Afraid of Americans."

2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 219 Comments
      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Camaro was built in response to the Mustang, again and again its just chevy's version of the mustang.
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @amerifight
        Edit: "Australian"
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @amerifight
        True.... and this time around, its built on a shortened Asutralian Holden Commodore platform.
      Awjvail
      • 3 Years Ago
      That mustard color is doing NOTHING for the Mustang. Black please!
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Old Timer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Camaro is one sexy beast, at least from the outside, but the Mustang is the better car. These cars are not sports cars, people wanting to compare them to Miatas are smoking something. The Miata is about finesse around corners, these things are about pounding corners in to submission and then flattening your spleen against the seat when the road straightens out.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd have to give it to Ford. Althoug I like the looks of the Camaro better, it just is way too heavy and doesn't have a very good interior. Can't wait for the next comparison. 2014 Mustang vs. 2015 Camaro vs. 2014 Genesis Coupe vs 2013 BMW 335i vs next gen Infiniti G37 vs. next Dodge Challenger (if there is one).
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        Original post went missing, re-posting: Some Camaro fans here forgot the question of the poll... 'Which of these convertible pony cars is the most American?" ...and are talking about higher sales and higher horsepower.
        flopjackjw
        • 3 Years Ago
        What makes one car any more "American" or "European" or "Asian" than another? Is it where it was designed, where it was built, or where the profits go? Or, is it the percentage of American made parts? Neither one of the two are on Cars.com's American-made Index Top 10. Apparently, the Malibu is the most American American car, behind two foreign cars that are more American than it is. In a globalized economy then I think what has to matter is who owns it? You have Ford which is owned by Americans and you have GM which is owned by America and Americans. How much more American can either of them get?
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        A lot of people seem to skip that part. The Question is "Which of these convertible pony cars is the most American?" ....and people here are talking about the Camaro having higher sales and higher horsepower, totally nothing to do with being more American! Lol
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Driven both at length: I'd like to borrow a Camaro but I'd love to own the Mustang: The Camaro's looks makes it great for a day but the Mustang is by far the more livable, versatile and satisfying machine. The Camaro's numb steering, weight and impossibly poor interior are just no fun after an hour or two.
      Chewy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not an American, but I do love you guys and the cars that has come from America. In my mind the Pony has more grunt and smiles than the Chevy!! Both cars though, I would love to see in my garage, but the Mustang is a dream car for me and has been since I was a child growing up with Steve McQueen in the Bullit. What can I say? I'm looking into getting one as soon as I reach the shores of America and becoming a citizen of the land of dreams. BING IT ON!!!!
      Christopher Meyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the love of God already, the LS series engines have nothing in common with the 350 smallblock, other than being an OHV v8. No parts interchange whatsoever, no more closely related to the 350 than it is to a Ford 351 or a Chrysler 340. And, the general public may be buying more Camaro's but the new 5.0L has proven to be the better enthusiast's car hands down.
      Shayne Wolfe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how all the Chevy fanboys are getting all butt hurt over the fact that people obviously like the Mustang more than the Camaro. I am a "Ford Fan," but I really can appreciate the Camaro. There are many great things about both. For everyone who's hating on the Mustang, the cool thing is, YOU dont have to buy it. I love how everyone gets all distraught over other people's opinions. Learn to appreciate things about all cars, and get outside this one-sidedness. It makes loving cars that much better.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford learned from their first retro mistake (aka the new Thunderbird). They got lucky people liked the retro Mustang, well, namely teenage girls and racer boys in the V6s. If I wanted to be like everybody else, sure I'd buy the Mustang. But I like my cars and transmissions to last.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        [blocked]
          • 3 Years Ago
          [blocked]
      S C
      • 3 Years Ago
      There will never be a "one over the other" winner of this debate ever....Chevy fans would never dream of having a Mustang in their driveway and Ford fanatics would rather drive spikes in their hands than let a Camaro sit in their garage.....I am just glad that Camaro is back to help Mustang keep the Asian hoards at bay.....
        LazyLemming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @S C
        Lol, now I have this picture in my head of a Camaro and Mustang circling, surrounded by toyota's, Hondas and Kias. Like a pair of fish protecting their eggs.
    • Load More Comments