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Old 06-28-2011, 06:26 AM   #1
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What does the word CAMARO mean???

I guess it is a pretty cool name Only 27 years old and I've never met anyone, or anything else call "Camaro" before . Someone must know?
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:43 AM   #2
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It doesnt have a meaning. but from what I've read, chevy advertised it as another word for friend or companion
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:56 AM   #3
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Camaro is a name for camarade ...

Look at this link for all infos on the nae and the car:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camaro
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" small vicious animal that eats mustangs ."
That's what I've always heard
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:15 AM   #5
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It's supposed to actually mean something in French. What that is, I'm not sure.
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As the launch date neared, the car still had no name. It had been called various names by GM, including Nova, Panther, Chaparral, and Wildcat. Chevy also considered using the letters "GM" in the name, and came up with G-Mini, which evolved into GeMini, and finally Gemini. General Motors Headquarters killed that name, because they didn't want the letters "GM" used in case the car was a failure.
Finally, the car was introduced to the press as the Camaro, considered to be a good name because nobody knew what it meant. Chevrolet produced an old French dictionary showing that the word meant "friend" or "companion", but Ford found an alternate meaning in an old Spanish dictionary-"a small, shrimp-like creature."The automotive press had a good laugh over that, and an even bigger one when one journalist found yet another meaning-"loose bowels." It didn't take long for the laughter to stop after the introduction of the stunning 1967 Camaro!
The true definition is "a small vicious animal that eats mustangs"
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I guess it is a pretty cool name Only 27 years old and I've never met anyone, or anything else call "Camaro" before . Someone must know?
Looks like you quoted the question off of LS1tech.com.

HIOFECR gave you the answer that was from this site:

http://www.f-bodyhideout.com/history_cam.htm

lots of good stuff there.
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Well, it has been known to cause the weak and feeble to lose their bowels upon heavy acceleration.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:32 AM   #12
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Well, it has been known to cause the weak and feeble to lose their bowels upon heavy acceleration.
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Like many others have said, I have heard it means "friend" or "camarade" which I think is perfect. I feel no one (at least that I know at my age) really has a bond with their cars anymore. Its just a car that takes you from point A to point B and nothing more. You will always have a bond with your first car, be it a Camaro or a Honda Civic, and thats why I think of my Camaro as so much more than "just a car."
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Here's a snippet I saw on the Wikipedia:

"suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to its owner"
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Camaro means: FRIEND.
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I thought it meant 'empty your wallet on cool upgrades'!
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Camaro : in old slang french language is " Camarade" , "compagnon" and "copain" the mix is Camaro ,before the year 1900 Louis Chevrolet lived in France.
Plenty of american cars gets a French name:
Cadillac (honor of the french man:Antoine de Lamothe-Cadillac who have founded the town of Detroit and Cadillac badge is his French armorial bearings),Eldorado,Biarritz
Buick Regal,Chevrolet Bel Air,Dodge Monaco,Pontiac Bonneville and more !!!
I think this is a part of the American history with "La Fayette" and the war of independence....
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" small vicious animal that eats mustangs ."
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:31 PM   #20
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Camaro : in old slang french language is " Camarade" , "compagnon" and "copain" the mix is Camaro ,before the year 1900 Louis Chevrolet lived in France.
Plenty of american cars gets a French name:
Cadillac (honor of the french man:Antoine de Lamothe-Cadillac who have founded the town of Detroit and Cadillac badge is his French armorial bearings),Eldorado,Biarritz
Buick Regal,Chevrolet Bel Air,Dodge Monaco,Pontiac Bonneville and more !!!
I think this is a part of the American history with "La Fayette" and the war of independence....
pretty much
thanx 4 this
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I thought it meant 'empty your wallet on cool upgrades'!
all of pony cars have the same meaning
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:19 PM   #22
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funny you should post this as I just posted THIS:

(the name was found in a Heath's French to English Dictionary dated 1935.)

Good afternoon, Camaro Comrades!

Tomorrow, June 29, is an important date in Camaro history - it's the date that the Camaro was actually "Christened".............

The other important date would be September 29, the day that Camaro was shown to the public at large in Chevrolet Dealerships nationwide and was finally offered for sale.

I've posted this story before to several sites - but I'm gonna dust it off and send it again to celebrate Camaro's 45th 'Christening'...........

-- enjoy the story..............





The day the Panther Died………


June 29, 1966 was a day of firsts. It was a day where 200 journalists were inducted into SEPAW (more about that in a minute)

That day, the first and LAST meeting of SEPAW took place.

It was the first time in history that 14 cities were hooked up ‘real time’ for a press conference via telephone lines. (Something that seems so very simple today, but so very complicated back then……)

And it was the first time that the world found out that a new Chevrolet would be called “Camaro” – rather than “Panther.”




On June 21, 1966, approximately 200 journalists from around North America received the following Telegram:

“……….Please save noon of June 29 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow……………….(signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet Public Relations – SEPAW Secretary.”

……….as you can imagine, there were many befuddled looks upon receiving such a telegram.

The next day, (June 22) – the same journalists received this telegram:

“………..Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 29. (Insert city here) chapter will meet at (insert hotel name here) and join national 14 city telephone hookup with meeting in Detroit at which national president E. M. Estes will preside. Please telephone acceptance to Frank Faraone, (Telephone # ) Delaware 7-4601……….. (signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet Public Relations SEPAW Secretary………”

Well………that certainly gave the journalists something to think about…..and the best part is that they would not have to travel around the country to attend this “SEPAW Meeting” – rather, they only needed to travel to one of 14 cities.

This was truly a technological undertaking…..

The Bell System (the only telephone system back then for those of you who are under 40 years of age….) call arrangement included 14 cities and originated from Detroit’s Statler-Hilton Hotel (sadly demolished a few years ago after sitting in ruin for nearly 25 years) where Chevrolet General Manager E. M. “Pete” Estes made some announcements.

There were more than 100 persons involved in providing the two-way communication system over 13,715 miles of telephone circuits, including 9,259 miles of microwave radio and 4,446 miles of coaxial cable.

The announcement over the wires was heard by approximately 150 of 200+ journalists in the cities of: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Francisco, New York, and Washington.

Amplifiers and microphones were installed in each of the 14 meeting rooms across the country so that newspersons could hear Mr. Estes’ remarks and direct questions to him. The questions and answers were heard simultaneously in all cities on the circuit.

GM was insistent that the system be tested – so a test call was made on Tuesday and was further backed up by an auxiliary circuit in case difficulty developed anywhere within the system.

It’s interesting to note that we think nothing of linking friends on a conference call at will from our homes or offices – without any real forethought. It was a different world 45 years ago…..and as you can see by the above figures – it was quite an accomplishment.

The REAL story, however, was in what Mr. Estes was about to tell the journalists.

Looking through notes that survived 45 years within Chevrolet files, I’ve managed to put together some of what Mr. Estes talked about that day.

Mr. Estes started the press conference with:


“……..SEPAW stands for the S ociety for the E limination of P anthers from the
A utomotive W orld – and by your presence, you are automatically charter members…………July 1 marks my first anniversary (As General Manager of) Chevrolet. It’s been a fast and highly competitive year……..’

He went on to mention the many travels he made to dealers and plants – and mentioned milestones such as the 3 millionth Los Angeles produced Chevrolet passenger car—and the first passenger car to roll off the newly opened Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant.

Mr. Estes continued with: “………..it is also a year in which Chevrolet has gotten into the hottest sales race since 1959……”

He gave a brief review of sales, model-year-to-date sales lead, and talked about his optimism for great June sales figures. He made it very clear that Chevrolet intended to remain America’s number one selling cars and trucks.

“………one of the reasons we’re going to stay number 1 is also a reason for this meeting. Chevrolet is definitely going to have a new car included in the new models for the 1967 model year – and this car will be introduced on September 29, 1966………….This is NOT news to many of you! As far back as April 8, 1965, A Detroit newspaper had page-one headlines proclaiming that Chevrolet had a “Panther” car to answer the horsy offering of a competitor. The question of who was answering who has been discussed frequently, since the four-footed competitor really answered the Corvair. And the Corvair actually followed up the Corvette which was the real pioneer of the sporty-personalized car in this country…..”

“…..in the two years since then, you gentlemen of the press, radio, and television have literally designed, built, and marketed the Chevrolet “Panther” to the point were we get irate letters from customers plus phone calls demanding all specifications and price so they can place orders!”

Mr. Estes continued: “………We have frequently said ‘what Panther?’ and there have been many other names suggested ….citing Chevrolet’s preference for names starting with the letter ‘C’…………..”

“………….the personal sized car market is big …..” He went on to give current market figures and projected figures. “…….Corvair will remain in this market …….handing the family-type small car business……..” “…….with the 1967 line, Chevrolet will offer what we feel is the last word in personal sized cars……” He went on to describe the size of this new car in terms of comparison to both Corvair and Mustang – and some general details.

He announced that this new Chevrolet would be built in two assembly plants – one in Los Angeles (Van Nuys) and one in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio (Norwood.) He also mentioned that Chevy II production would be switched to Willow Run (Ypsilanti) Michigan where they would be built alongside Corvairs.
He then invited all news people to drive this new Chevrolet – and in fact all of the new Chevrolets at a Press Preview in Detroit on September 12 and in Los Angeles on September 19.

Mr. Estes then said: “………..Oh yes! I almost forgot! The purpose of this meeting! Gentlemen: much as we appreciate the tremendous publicity given “Panther” we ask you to help scratch the cat once and forever. And as such, this will be both the FIRST and LAST meeting of SEPAW.

“…………Chevrolet has chosen a name which is lithe, graceful, and in keeping with our other car names beginning with the letter C ……..Above all, it is the name of our new car line to be introduced on September 29……..and to us, the name means just what we think the car will do: GO! ….and here it is!........”

At that moment, five very pretty girls came onto stage – each holding a letter……Mr. Estes held the sixth letter – and while a narrator described to out-of-towners what was going on, Mr. Estes placed each girl in order and then lined up with them for all to see the word “CAMARO.”

Once again, Mr. Estes repeated some of his earlier remarks:

“….the name CAMARO means ‘friend’ – ‘pal’ – or ‘comrade.’ Thus, it suggests the real mission of our new automobile – to be a close companion to its owner – tailored to reflect his or her individual tastes and at the same time provide exciting personal transportation. Chevrolet has chosen a name which is lithe, and graceful – and in keeping with our other names beginning with ‘C.’………..thus, it suggests the comradeship of good friends……as a personal car should be to its owner.”

………and that was the day the Panther died.

Now – many of you may have heard me talk about this day at various Camaro and Firebird shows. For those of you who have not heard this story, I believe it merits repeating: I often wonder, as Mr. Estes picked the name “Camaro” from a list of over 2,000 words – a name that means “Friend, Pal, or Comrade” --- I just wonder: Did he EVER imagine that this wonderful car – would bring so many ‘friends’ together all because of the love of the Camaro?

When asked a year later how he came up with the name “Camaro” – Mr. Estes laughed that he locked himself in a closet and he came back out with Camaro! His son Bill – our Chevrolet Dealer in Indianapolis tells me that he and his father discussed four different names with the rest of the family at dinner one evening….and Mr. Estes chose Camaro that very evening – because the name meant ‘friend.’


Happy Birthday, Camaro!
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Camaromeans Balls to me which is why i chose this user name it's the car with the most balls on the streets
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I figured it meant "Bad-@$$!!"
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