1ST GENERATION CAMAROS
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The 1st generation Camaros include the 1967, 1968 and 1969 models. The 1967 and 1968 Camaros, although almost identical, can be easily distinguished from one another because of the front vent window and rear monoleaf spring equipped on all 1967 Camaros. The 1967 model is the only Camaro to be equipped with a front vent window. The 1967 Camaro is also equipped with a metal, monoleaf rear spring, whereas in 1968 Chevrolet installed multi-leaf springs in the rear of Camaro models. The 1967 and 1968 Camaro models share the same rounded wheel wells, which the 1969 Camaros do not possess.
In 1969, the Camaro body was changed slightly; the wheel well openings became more squared off, a ridge was created over the wheel well openings and the grille area became more aggressive looking.
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In 1970, Chevrolet introduced the 2nd generation of Camaros on totally redesigned bodies. These new Camaros were nicknamed "Huggers" because of their lower height and center of gravity. The first batch of 2nd generation Camaros were the 1970-73 models. All of these models are difficult, from outward appearances, to distinguish from one another. They were all designed with round tail lights, vertical grilles (either a large open grille accompanied by two small "bumperettes" on either side, or a two piece grille (upper and lower) bisected horizontally by a large bumper) and a non-wrap around rear window.Mid Models
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In 1974, the front and rear ends of the Camaro were changed slightly, although the nonwrap around window carried over into the 1974 model. The wrap around rear window was introduced in 1975. The 1974-77 Camaros were equipped with new irregularly-shaped trapozoidal tail lights. The large open grille with the two small bumperettes was done away with, and a new large aluminum bumper was installed to meet Federal crash test standards. The front and grille were also slanted back at an approximate 45 degree angle. The 1974-77 Camaros also came equipped with bucket seats designed with a higher back.Late Models
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The largest distinguishing factor between mid model 2nd generation Camaros (1974-77) and late model 2nd generation Camaros (1978-81) is that the late models were equipped with color-matched urethane front and rear bumper sections; the large aluminum bumper was done away with. These models were also fitted with three color rear light assemblies (red/amber/white), compared to the two color rear light assemblies (red/white) used in Camaros up to this point.