During the 1960’s, we were all given a gift by America’s automakers in the form of the muscle car. Whether it be a Chevy, a Ford or a Mopar that represents your heart’s desires, there is no denying the fact that the era birthed the greatest rivalry in American car history: the Ford Mustang and its fight against the Chevrolet Camaro. Comparing the greatness of these two machines has been commonplace in automotive media for over 50 years now, with everyone taking their own pick as to which is actually best. The folks over at Donut Media have now decided to attempt this task for themselves. Welcome back to another round of Mustang Vs Camaro.
You can’t talk about the battle of Mustang Vs Camaro without a brief history lesson. The Ford Mustang created the pony car segment when it was unveiled in 1964, and it was an unabashed success. The car’s styling and clever marketing made it a massive hit with people of all walks of life. After just two years on the market, Ford sold over a million examples of the sporty coupe. Recognizing the need to respond, Chevrolet clapped back in 1967 with a pony car of their own: the Camaro. With its European GT-inspired styling, the Camaro wasn’t such a bad seller itself, selling a ridiculous 842,731 units during the first three years of production.
Just as their owners were duking it out between stop lights, Ford and Chevrolet were now going toe to toe for muscle car superiority. As the 60’s progressed, so did the cars. Ford unveiled its rather slick Shelby GT500 powered by a 7.0L Cobra Jet V8, which of course was met a short time later by the aluminum 7.0L equipped 1969 Camaro ZL1 (get it?).
In the end the Mustang captures Donut Media’s Top spot for every decade but the 1970’s, which is a result of the often forgotten Mustang II. While the competition is close throughout, the Mustang simply outshines the Camaro in this iteration of their ongoing fight. There is nothing to fret about for Camaro fans however, as we already know what happens when you pit a modern Mustang GT500 against Chevrolet’s newest ZL1 on track. At the end of the day, we just hope the Mustang Vs Camaro talks get to continue again in the future.