Since the Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 1967, three years after the Ford Mustang, the performance and styling rivalry between the two cars has been the automotive equivalent of Yankees vs. Red Sox, Colts vs. Patriots, etc.
But the sales title has almost always gone to the Mustang — a one-horse race from 1986 until 2002, when Chevy dropped the Camaro.
This year things have been a little different. The new version of the Camaro has outsold the Mustang for six straight months, sometimes by a wide margin.
Though the Camaro didn't debut until March, it won't finish too far behind the Mustang in the full-year sales race. Through November, Ford's restyled Mustang led by just 5,996 units, 60,096 to 54,100. Ford probably will prevail, but Chevy would like to make it close.
Said Chevy spokesman Adam Dennison: "We've been over 6,000 in sales per month. We hope a lot of people will give Camaros as Christmas gifts."