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Is the fourth-generation Camaro collectible yet?


#1

For a few short but painful years, the fourth-generation Camaro was also the last Camaro. Falling sales, among other reasons, led GM to discontinue F-body siblings the Camaro and Firebird, even as the rival Mustang soldiered on unencumbered.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/02/14/is-the-fourth-gen-camaro-collectible

#2

These cars were dying out just as I came of driving age. I remember reading about the ZL1 in magazines and thinking about how completely insane those were. More realistically, I’ve always dreamed of having a 4th gen SLP Camaro SS or Pontiac Firehawk.


#3

In favor of these becoming collectible is that they’ve got horsepower that’s good even by today’s standard.
Against these becoming collectible is the jet-fighter styling that went out of fashion and never came back (even though I thought it looked good). GM decided the 5th generation Camaros should resemble the 1st gen, which sort of made gens 2,3 and 4 into an evolutionary dead-end.


#4

Honestly, I think they’re already collectible (at least in the case of the SLP cars and the ZL1). The major milestone is that, the 4th Gen F-body was the first car to really kick off the modern muscle phenomenon when the LS1 was introduced. I think of these as less of an evolutionary dead end and more of a jumping off point for the 5th gen since there was plenty to improve on.


#5

I meant evolutionary dead-end in terms of styling and packaging, not performance. The 4th-gen seriously upped the ante on horsepower, leading directly to what we have today, but it’s space-age styling has yet to be seen again.


#6

Ok, fair point. Personally I’m a fan, but I know I’m in the minority.