Early second-gen Camaros are often lumped in with the emission-starved, safety-bumper-clad late-’70s examples — but it was not until 1974 that GM added the giant Pinocchio-sized schnozz and the not-so-attractive Barracuda-esqe rear window to the F-body. Most buyers agree the earlier cars are a lot prettier.
Camaro buyers tend to love first-gen cars almost universally, but the ’70-to-’73 examples benefited from improvements to steering and suspension that made them more user-friendly on the street.
Prices for these early second-gens have varied widely over the past few years. Numerous nice examples have sold for $30k to $40k, with not-so-nice cars hovering around $20k. Bottom line: Condition is key. A perfect V8 coupe will bring significantly more than a ratty Z/28. Of course, a mint-in-wrapper Camaro Z/28 is still the ultimate, with prices that can push closer to $80k.
As the first-generation Camaros become too pricey for some, these slightly later versions will be the next-best option. But with more attention, buyers become more discerning, looking for only the best. If that includes the Camaro in your garage, the best prices are yet to come.
• Highs: Updated suspension and steering, last of the pre-safety-bumper Camaros
• Lows: Still not a ’67-to-’69 coupe
• Outlook: As first gen Camaro prices increase, so will the value of the ’70–73s, but only consider the best examples