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1968 Camaro

1967 Firebird

It took General Motors 2 years to get around to offering their version of the "pony car".  Meanwhile, Ford had sold over a million Mustangs, 607,568 in 1966 alone!  The 1967 Camaro and Firebird were worth waiting for, however.  They were beautiful, with smooth, clean lines and a fresher look than the Mustang which only received a minor restyling that year. The first generation Camaro and Firebird convertibles are two of the best looking ragtops ever produced and remain highly sought after to this day.

 

Ford also wanted to have an extra version of the pony car so in 1967 it gave the Mustang a new front and rear end and called it the Mercury Cougar.  It was basically a dressed-up Mustang with hidden headlights and deluxe features.
1967 Mustang 1970 Cougar Eliminator

I bought this '67 ragtop from my sister in 1975.  It "opened up" a whole new world of fresh air for me, including freezing in the Chicago winters.  It rode better than the '65 and had a foot operated washer fluid/wiper switch which I thought was unique.  

 

The totals for 1967: General Motors sold 303,466 Camaros and Firebirds, Ford sold 595,793 Mustangs and Cougars.  The Pony Car race had begun!

 

1968 AMX  1968 Javelin

The little underdog, American Motors Corporation was trying to change its image from the stodgy Rambler company in order to capture younger buyers.  It got their attention in 1968 when it brought out its sleek little Javelin and the shortened two seater version, the AMX.  It's powerful engine and great handling made it a force to be reckoned with on the race track and the street.

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