I really hate the first gen Camaros and Firebirds. Disgusting piles of shit that aren't worthy of defecating on. I would like to take the rarest, most expensive, nicest restored one, and bring it to Barrett-Jackson. On main event day take a sledge hammer and swing away. While it is still drivable, drive it to the Grand Canyon with cameras rolling. At the edge of the canyon push it off and watch it fall all the way down until it strikes the second most rare, nicest, most expensive, Camaro square on the roof. That would be entertainment. Add a little C4 for extra effect. Sell tickets, make a few, show the public what idiocy a certain generation has come to by idolizing pure shit that was ugly, inferior, and retarded when compared to even just the generation that followed it. Don't even get me started on Italian trash. Here in the middle of this video is the correct way to treat a Camaro..
But...how do you REALLY feel? Don't hold back...
Seriously, I don't think these cars were significantly worse than anything else at a comparable price built then, and they were unquestionably better than the Mustangs. However, by today's standards, they were ALL dangerous, uncrashworthy, marginally steerable platforms with very inefficient and dirty engines mounted in them. I had a 68 Camaro, and I liked the way it looked, and it was pretty easy to fix.
I do agree, that they are EXTREMELY overvalued (or at least were until recently), fuelled by middle aged men with some extra bux who now want the car they couldn't have, or at least couldn't have a good one. (Mine: 230 TURBO-THRIFT straight 6, with Powerglide, and FOUR DRUM BRAKES). I put a 350/350 in it, but didn't know how to put in disk brakes in the front (the rear disks were a very expensive/rare option) - I drove very slowly in the rain.
I also had a 73 Z-28 Rally Sport, a much better and safer car, but still, by today's standards, junk.
Both rusted to crap in Chicago within 7 years of manufacture.