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The Best Of Both Worlds?

Chevrolet Camaro

The styling of the third-generation Chevrolet Camaro is starting to really come into its own. The body style built between 1982-1992 model years stands out from today’s curvy car collective with bold, straight-edge lines and the coveted IROC badge. And it’s not just us that seems to appreciate a clean third-gen F-Body, as their value has begun to appreciate over the years. Sure, they didn’t have the speed of the fourth-gens, and their mullet-mobile stereotypes are unshakable. But these vehicles are perfect in a time period where bright neoned colors have once again taken over fashion, and retro car shows like Radwood are the latest happenings in the scene.

In short, third-gen Camaros are hot right now. So what if its design was modernized a bit? And no, we don’t mean sixth-generation kind of modern. Instead, we’re looking at Sketch Monkey, and his talented abilities with the stylus pen. The Swedish designer took to YouTube to make a fifteen-minute video of what the 1982 Chevrolet Camaro would look like if it had a bit more of a modernized flair. The designer explains how he’s going to reimagine the design of the retro muscle car, as well as why he feels the need to change each and every element. We then watch a time lapse of him getting to work straight away.

The biggest changes happen up front, with Sketch Monkey shrinking the headlights, but keeping them in the corners, while the grille is lifted up and opened wide. The final result definitely reminds us of a G-Body Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which is another 80’s General Motors muscle car that’s seeing its value appreciate. Several Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts wanted to see more old-school design cues from the sixth-generation model, especially with inspirations coming from the second- and third-gen models. We wonder if this is what they mean.

Oppositely, here’s a Camaro with design elements from the 1950’s.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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  1. I love Camaros but thos new one is sooo ugly! Reminds me of the terrible 80s models. The worst ever. Make it look like a 1969 and they will sell out!!! Michigan native living in texas

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