The Camaro in Australia?

When Holden designed the Commodore fundamentals it made them flexible enough to be the starting point for a whole range of large, rear-wheel-drive cars. In the giant that General Motors used to be, there were no end of possibilities.

However, GM could see the traffic lights changing ahead and didn't know whether to accelerate or brake. It ended up doing both, but before other projects could get traction, ran out of money. Apart from a few Commodores rebadged as Pontiacs, the Chevrolet Camaro is the sole result.

It went on sale stateside a year ago and enthusiasts here were left holding their breath. The Camaro has a special place in Australia's racing history as a two-time winner of the touring car championship in the early 1970s, driven by Bob Jane. Kevin Bartlett twice put the car on pole at Bathurst.


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