The Ford Mustang, Ford Thunderbird, '57 Chevy and now the Chevrolet Camaro are all in a rare fraternity. They're not the most expensive nor the fastest vehicles. And they're not the highest-ranked cars in any category.

But they're all iconic, enduring vehicles whose nameplates have remained at the forefront of the automobile industry for decades. They've lasted through superior and not-so great models. There have been years when, in some cases, the cars have left the marketplace only to re-emerge.

The Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary awhile back with a commemorative issue honoring the five decades since the car's debut as a 1964 1/2 model.

And now the car unveiled on September 29, 1966 as the prime competitor of the Mustang will celebrate. It will be the 2017 50th Anniversary Special Edition Camaro.

Through the years, the family of Camaro has included numerous siblings, the SS, Z/28 and IROC-Z. But the automaker is touting the special anniversary issue as the best model to date.

Mustang, Camaro Rivalry

For car buyers, it's been a great rivalry. Mustang enthusiasts won't consider owning a Camaro and vice versa.

The limited edition Camaro, originally named for the french word meaning comrade, will have the exterior color of Nightfall Gray Metallic. It will be accented with oranges stripes on the hood and complementary orange brake calipers.

For Camaro fanatics, the new limited edition will also display celebratory badges designating the 50th anniversary on the tailgate and center caps of the rims.

The anniversary celebration will not be lost on the interior. The black leather will includes suede inserts with orange stitching to correspond with the exterior orange stripes.

The rivalry between the Mustang and Camaro hasn't always been competitive. The rivals have had close years in sales, but the Mustang has dominated the Camaro in many years, while the Camaro has had several years when it outsold the Mustang. The Camaro was on hiatus after the 2002 model until 2010.

In 2014, the most recent exact sales totals known for the two cars, the Mustang sold 134,086 units; the Camaro sold 97,632 units.

Chevrolet hasn't revealed the price and other specification details of the 2017 50th Anniversary Special Edition Camaro. But manufacturer announcements are pending as the September 26, 2016 launch date nears.

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