But here’s a quandary: does the Camaro’s more seductive engine outweigh the inconvenience of driving a left-hand-drive car? Maybe the novelty of its roaring soundtrack and ferocious top-end would diminish with every unsighted junction, every dicey overtake and every out-of-reach ticket machine if you used the car every day. But if you kept the Camaro as a weekend plaything, sitting over on the wrong side might even be part of its charm.
The Ford certainly isn’t without its appeal, but there is more to enjoy about the Chevy. And although there are plenty of European coupés much better suited to UK roads, the Camaro proves once and for all that for soundtrack, drama and good ol’ boneheaded giggles, there’s still no replacement for displacement.
1st - With a more characterful engine and a higher-rent cabin than the Mustang, the Camaro is our muscle car of choice.
2nd - Fun to drive and great to look at, but the cabin feels cheap and the engine lacks the Camaro V8’s drama and soundtrack.
A great American rivalry:
In the car world, rivalries don’t get much more bitter than Ford versus Chevrolet. The two automotive giants have been at war for decades, most notably in the pick-up truck and muscle car sectors. The latter conflict has waged since 1966, when Chevrolet first introduced the Camaro as its response to Ford’s genre-defining Mustang.
In the battle for sales, the Blue Oval has more often than not had its nose in front. As of 2014, the Mustang had outsold the Camaro in 31 of the 41 years that both cars had been on sale. In 2017, Ford sold 81,866 Mustangs in the US compared with Chevrolet’s 67,940 Camaros.
But the Mustang versus Camaro conflict is about so much more than just sales figures. It’s a rivalry that’s so deeply ingrained in US popular culture that, for most people, it would be unthinkable to change allegiance from one to another, just as an English football fan would never dream of switching his support from Liverpool to Manchester United.
Perhaps Hollywood can settle the rivalry once and for all. Arguably the Camaro’s most famous movie appearance was as Bumblebee in the Transformers series. The Mustang’s star turn? As Steve McQueen’s ride in Bullitt, of course. It doesn’t get any cooler than that...
THEIR GREATEST HITS - THE MOST ICONIC MUSTANG AND CAMARO BUILT:
1967 FORD SHELBY MUSTANG GT500 - Ford teamed up with legendary tuner Carroll Shelby in 1967 to produce the Shelby Mustang GT500. Equipped with a 7-litre V8, 2048 examples were built. Expect to pay £100,000 today.