Camaro Preserves Its Muscle Car Heritage
After two years of refinements -- including interior and safety revisions for 1997 and major exterior appearance, engine and chassis modifications for 1998 -- Camaro enters 1999 as the embodiment of its performance heritage.
'After reengineering this car specifically for the sport coupe market, we have a vehicle that not only looks like a muscle car should, but performs like one too,' said **** Almond, Camaro brand manager. 'Camaro has proven itself as an honest sports car that's performance-oriented, yet more affordable than many exotic sports cars. In other words, it has stayed true to its 'pony car' roots.'
For more than 30 years, Camaro has remained a performance icon. For 1999, performance, comfort/convenience and safety enhancements help refine Camaro's 'honest' muscle car image.
For example, Acceleration Slip Regulation (Traction Control) is now available on all models. The system works in tandem with the four-wheel antilock brake system to provide greater driver control and improved traction on slippery surfaces. In addition, the V8 system is calibrated to allow for some wheel slip during acceleration when beneficial to driving conditions. More new for '99 enhancements appear under the hood:
Electronic Throttle Control is now standard on Coupe and Convertible models equipped with a V6 engine and provides precise engine response to driver input.
A new engine oil-life monitor tracks engine rpm, coolant temperature and driving time to prompt the driver when the oil needs to be changed.
A Zexel Torsen® differential is now utilized in the limited-slip rear axle that is standard on Z28 models and included with (Y87) Performance Package on Camaro Coupe and Convertible.
These performance enhancements help keep Camaro at the head of the pack. Camaro's standard 3800 V6 -- available with either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed electronically controlled automatic -- provides 200 horsepower, compared with Ford Mustang's standard 150 horsepower 3.8-liter V6. And, though the 3800 is a V6, it's only 25 horsepower shy of the Mustang GT's standard V8 engine.
Standard on Z28 is the impressive 5.7 Liter LS1 V8 engine -- a modified version of the Corvette powerplant. It provides an incredible 305 horsepower -- significantly more than Mustang GT's standard 225 horsepower 4.6-liter V8. And, holding tightly to its performance roots, Camaro once again offers an optional SS Performance/Appearance Package that provides even more horsepower and torque. Camaro SS was first introduced in 1967 -- Camaro's very first year.
Camaro owners benefit in '99 from a larger 16.8 gallon, non-metallic fuel tank that helps increase driving distances between fill-ups.
The Monsoon premium audio system, previously optional only on Coupe and standard on Z28 Coupe, is now standard on both Z28 models and available on Camaro Coupe and Convertible. The Monsoon system provides such features as automatic tone control, speed-compensated volume, music search, eight speakers and a 200-watt amplifier.
With an impressive list of standard features, sports car styling and outstanding performance, and the expanded availability of the Monsoon audio system on Camaro Convertible models, the 1999 Camaro 'rocks' inside and out.Source - GM Corporation
The governing body of the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour race, the USSRC, had its demise in September of 1999. As a result, the Grand-Am Road Racing Association was formed with backing from NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation. This new racing series announced its 10-race schedule and its five-class structure, including SR and SRP II for sports prototypes, as well as three GT classes - GTO, GTU and AGT or American GT.
The first race was the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where the Camaro of Comer Racing, fought to victory in GTA with Doug Mills, John Finger, Richard Maugeri and Andy McNeil driving. The Camaro is powered by a Chevrolet V8 racing engine with Dark Cylinder block, Trick Flow cylinder heads, Crower roller valvetrain, 13:1 compression ratio and dry-sump oiling. The 600+ horsepower produced was sent tot he rear wheels through a Sanz five-speed manual gearbox. There were four-wheel Alcon hydraulic disc brakes and a Bemco tubular racing chassis.
Since that race, the car has been given a $400,000-plus restoration bringing it back to its race-winning appearance and specification.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2010
In 2010, this race car was offered for sale at the 'Automobiles of Amelia Island' event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $75,000 - $125,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $52,250, inclusive of buyer's premium.