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Mustang vs. Camaro: A Timeline of the Muscle Car Rivalry

2015 Dec 2

Mustangs and Camaros have been battling it out for just about 50 years, and at Motor Trend we’ve loved following the rivalry. In fact, we’ve compared those two cars more than 20 times, so if you’re interested in getting a better idea of how the two muscle cars have evolved, keep reading.

1964: Ford Mustang

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The first Mustang made its debut to much fanfare at the 1964 World’s Fair.

1967: Chevrolet Camaro

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GM followed suit with a ponycar of its own in 1966. Like the Mustang, Camaro buyers had a choice of I-6 or V-8.

1974: Ford Mustang

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Ford followed its success with the little-loved and decidedly dopey-looking Mustang II.

1970: Chevrolet Camaro

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This gen Camaro was significantly neutered compared to the big-block bad boy it was at its debut.

1979: Ford Mustang

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In the heyday of excess, the turbocharged I-4-powered Mustang SVO went against the grain.

1982: Chevrolet Camaro

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Five letters sum up the Camaro of the 1980s: IROC-Z.

1994: Ford Mustang

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The svelte-looking SN-95 Mustang was among the most popular ever, dominating the ponycar sales charts.

1993: Chevrolet Camaro

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This generation was thought to be the Camaro’s last, as it went out of production in 2002.

2005: Ford Mustang

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The retro-inspired fifth-gen Mustang was well-received and would again inspire its rival to enter the segment.

2010: Chevrolet Camaro

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After starring in “Transformers,” a retro Camaro finally hit the streets ready for battle again in 2009.

2015: Ford Mustang

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The sixth-generation Mustang debuts with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 that makes more power than the also-available 3.7-liter V-6. A 5.0-liter V-8 remains available for the power-hungry.

2016: Chevrolet Camaro

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The new Chevrolet Camaro becomes the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

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