Before production of the sixth-generation Camaro ends in January 2024, Chevrolet is releasing a final Collector’s Edition variant that brings Camaro history full circle. Honoring the Panther code name the car carried during its initial development back in the 1960s, the Camaro Collector’s Edition is painted in one of two Panther Black shades.
Available on LT/RS, LT1 and SS models, the Collector’s Edition accents the eponymous metallic paint with satin-black accent stripes, a choice of satin black or polished 20-inch wheels, and the 1LE Package’s front splitter. Coupes also get the ZL1 rear spoiler. The “Camaro” script on the front fenders incorporates a panther into the ‘R,’ and a panther also appears on the steering-wheel emblem inside.
Limited to just 350 units, the ZL1 Collector’s Edition reverses the paint-finish split. Its whole body is sprayed Panther Black Matte, with the metallic finish reserved for the black stripe. Mirroring the lesser Collector’s Edition, the ZL1 also gets the ZL1 1LE’s front splitter, and coupes are fitted with the ZL1 1LE’s rear spoiler. A serialized plate on the steering wheel identifies the ZL1 as part of the limited production run.
ZL1 buyers will also receive a little extra treat from Detroit watchmaker Shinola: a Canfield Sport 45-millimeter watch with the panther engraved on the band, a Camaro logo on the watch face and an inscription of their car’s serial number.
What comes next for the Camaro remains uncertain. When the end of six-gen production was announced in March, Chevy Vice President Scott Bell said, “Rest assured, this is not the end of Camaro’s story.” Speculation is swirling around electrification, of course, and perhaps applying the Camaro nameplate to an electric SUV a la the Ford Mustang Mach-E. But bringing things full circle by tying the development nickname to a final-year special edition has an air of finality to it. Chevy calls the Panther Black paint an effort to “cement the sixth generation of the car in history,” but it feels less like cement and more like a marble headstone.
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