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2nd Generation Camaro Parts


The larger, second generation Camaro appeared in February of 1970 as a 2+2 Coupe and spanned years 1970-1981. With design inspired by European sports cars, this Camaro featured improved suspension, an all-new sleek body and was longer, lower and wider than the first generations while still utilizing the unibody structure. It was also the first time in the history of Camaros that the convertible option was not offered and wouldn’t appear again until well into the 3rd generation.

Enthusiasts could still purchase their Camaros with the Rally Sport or Super Sport packages, or both. The RS package featured a unique front-end appearance with a split front bumper and a center grille cavity encircled in urethane. The SS package still had a heavier-duty suspension along with the “SS” logos. The star 1970 Camaro was once again the Z28, now powered by a 360-horsepower high-compression “LT-1” 350 which made for an easy-going drive in everyday traffic, but still revved with enthusiasm and could be purchased with an automatic transmission.

Throughout the 70’s, emissions regulations on manufacturers continued to tighten which lead to a decline in horsepower in engines, and the horsepower rating system also changed from gross to net. The LT-1, even with the most robust engine, the big-block (still called a 396, but really a 402), was making just 240 net horsepower. 1972 was the last year to offer “big block” engines and the Super Sport was replaced with the “Type-LT” Camaro in 1973 which bundled different luxury options into one cohesive package. To everyone’s surprise, Z28 was eliminated mid generation and the engine selections for the Camaro pared down to just three. Chevrolet did however bring the Z28 back in the middle of 1977 as a separate model that centered on handling and appearance. Most cars were also nicely equipped with air conditioning and an automatic transmission for a comfort-oriented public. Though this model had nothing special to offer, for the first time, more Camaros sold than Mustangs due to the hideous Mustang II release from Ford. Also around this time, a Rally Sport package was offered which consisted of two-tone paint and some tape stripes.

Five Camaro models were now offered late generation; Sport Coupe, Rally Sport, Type-LT, Type-LT Rally Sport and Z28, and translucent T-tops were added as a new option. The 1979 Chevrolet Camaro was the most popular yet with a new trim option called Berlinetta replacing the Type-LT. For the most part, engines all remained unchanged even though power ratings were still struggling through the ever tightening emission requirements. With Camaro’s most substantial change being a new instrument panel, Chevy sold almost 300,000 Camaros during the 1979 model year – a number it would never top. The last years of this Camaro generation saw very little, if anything, change and by the end, the three models offered were base Sport Coupe, Berlinetta and Z28.

Eckler’s is your trusted source for all your 1970-1981 Chevrolet Camaro needs. You want to keep your car looking and performing as it’s meant to and we want to get you the best quality for your car. Make Eckler’s your first stop for Chevrolet Camaro parts and products.

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