Many GM Authoritarians here are no doubt familiar with the history of the Chevrolet Camaro, from the first generation model all the way up to the new Z/28, to the upcoming sixth-generation 2016 Camaro. But how many of us know the story of the first Camaro ever made?
As it turns out, the very first car has been fully documented and officially sanctioned by GM and it will be shown at the Carlisle GM Nationals June 26–28, 2015. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
On May 17, 1966, Fisher Body began to work secretly on #123377N100001. Four days later the company delivered the incomplete vehicle to Chevrolet, where final assembly work began on the first “F” car to be produced at the Norwood Pilot Production car program.
#N100001 was the very first car to be completed in the hand-built 49-car pilot production test program designated for the GM Norwood, Ohio Assembly plant.
Finished in ‘Granada Gold’, the car was built with a 230 cubic-inch engine, 3-speed transmission, whitewall tires, push button radio, front antenna, and deluxe seat belts.
Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The 18-minute video below details the Camaro pilot program in full, along with the full history of #N100001 and how it was rediscovered.
Also, be sure to check out the pilot car registry for more info and a full array of historical documentation on the now-famous Camaro.