2002 Chevrolet Camaro & Pontiac Firebird Farewell Test Drive
The end of the line saw all LS1-equipped ‘Bird coupes equipped with T-tops. Camaros carried over with nothing more than a 35th Anniversary badge on the dash of all models, and both cars had optional commemorative appearance packages.
The Camaro SS 25th AE would get a Bright Red Metallic hue, while WS6 CETA’s were painted in “Collector Yellow.” Both were equipped with special badging, interior embroidering, unique stripes, and black powder coated wheels. Both cars would come complete with a trophy mat, embroidered floor mats, and an exclusive book. Firehawks offered nothing special for the final year.
The F-cars are notoriously known for their presence in the world of racing, and would go on to dominate the ¼-mile drag strips, road courses, and the boulevards of America for almost five decades. As we all now know, the Camaro did return for the 2010 model year, but was now built on the same Zeta architecture that was found under the Pontiac G8 sedan/Holden Commodore, thus, discrediting it as a true “F-body.” Obviously, the Firebird never returned, thanks in large part to the demise of the Pontiac brand.