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Gen 4 Camaro History

In recent years, the fourth generation Camaro has been touted as the best Camaro to come from the General to date. However, the 1993 Camaro was met with mixed reviews. The nose was long and pointed while the rear of the car had tall quarter panels and a rounded rear. This was achieved through the use of fiberglass composite panels throughout the car. The Camaro sat much lower and the interior seating positions were reminiscent of the Corvette with its tall interior rocker panels. The Camaro was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 once again. The fourth generation can be divided into two distinct periods: “Pointed Nose” (1993-1997) and “Flat Nose” (1998-2002).

The Pointed Nose fourth generation, began in 1993 with the Z/28 using the 350 LT1 V8 and the base Camaro sporting the 3.4L V6 engine. The new body style was now built in Canada rather than Van Nuys. The SS Camaro made its return in 1996. SLP (Street Legal Performance) converted the cars for GM with suspension, engine and other go-fast modifications to push Camaro performance even further. SS cars had their own separate window sticker and special codes on their ID plate decals. 1997 marked the 30th anniversary of the Camaro. True 30th anniversary editions were all white with orange stripes and had either a white leather or white leather with a houndstooth cloth insert. SS Camaros were also available with the 30th anniversary package and less than 1000 30th anniversary SS Camaros were produced.

The Flat Nose fourth generation, was the same body with a different front fascia which was less pronounced. There were mixed reviews about the new front end. However, one thing was true. The new Camaro styling was wrapped around and incredible powertrain. The all-aluminum LS1 made its way to the Camaro as a supposedly “detuned” version; but, that appeared to be just a way to appease the insurance gods because you could not buy a faster car for the money. Plus, there were very few cars out there which could really hang with the new Camaro period. Near the end of the production run in 2002, Chevrolet had run out of the LS1; so, many later production Camaros actually had the LS6 straight from the Corvette gracing their engine bays. In 2002 the Camaro’s 35th anniversary dawned and Chevrolet responded with a special edition. This time however, the 35th anniversary package could only be had on the SS platform as a conversion once again by SLP.

During the fourth generation run, there were many dealer spinoffs of the Camaro offering more horsepower and body modifications created by GMMG Inc. Some of these were: Berger, Tom Henry, the Dale Earnhardt Intimidator and the Wide-body Camaro. Some of these cars had horsepower ratings in excess of 600hp and they carried a warranty from the participating dealer.

With the fourth generation Camaro lending itself well to modification, there has to be somewhere to get parts and accessories. Rick’s Camaros is your one stop shop for your fourth generation Camaro. Let the experts at Rick’s Camaros help keep your Camaro looking good and running its best.

fun facts:

There were 3 known prototypes of the 1996 SS Camaro. One car was a teal Z/28 and the other two were red. All three were 1995 model year Z/28s pushed into service by SLP who converted the cars to be used as GM test mules. Both red cars are accounted for and in a private collection. The teal one may still be out there waiting for a lucky person to find it.

1993 was the first year for the fourth generation Camaro. It is also the only year to have yellow interior accents on the gauges and window switches.

One of the rarest fourth generation Camaros is the 1997 Camaro SS 30th Anniversary Coupe (non t-top) with only 66 units produced.