The Chevrolet Camaro came roaring to life in 1967 in an effort to compete with the Ford Mustang. By the late 1970s, there was quite a bit of debate over how the next Camaro should appear. Though many pushed for it to move on to front-drive setup, the Camaro’s chief engineer determined that the third generation Camaro’s first priority was handling, and therefore it necessitated rear drive. While retaining rear drive, the Camaro also kept its traditional live rear axle, while replacing the old leaf springs with coils and double control arms with a pair of struts and springs. The car’s unibody was optimized as well, resulting in handling described as the best available during its time.
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