Third-Gen Evolution

Highlights of an overlooked decade in Camaro history

From: Camaro Performers, Fall 1998, Volume 3, No. 2.


The Camaro spotlight has traditionally shined on first-generation cars, as these are the machines that created the performance aura that made the F-bodies famous. Lately, fourth-generation machines have started sharing in some of the light, as they continue to prove how much performance potential is packed in their high-tech package. Somewhere along the line, however, second- and third-generation F-bodies have become somewhat neglected.

While we've always felt that '70-73 Camaros were good, well-balanced performers, we have to think that '82-92 machines offer some of the most overlooked potential as performance machines. Think about it. There were hoards of these cars made, which make them plentiful on the used car market today. Their contemporary suspensions are easy to upgrade for canyon-carving agility. And factory V8 models offer reasonable performance, with plenty of after-market equipment available to make them perform up to the standard of today's Camaros. In short, we think third-generation cars are going to be coming on strong very soon. In fact, our sister publication, Super Chevy, thinks so too, and might even embark on a third-gen project car sometime soon. With that in mind, we thought it appropriate to offer a short course in third-generation history by presenting highlights in Camaro evolution from 1982-1992. These statistics should give you an idea of which models make the best project starting points, and at what point certain options became available.

1982 Camaro
Total production
189,747