16 of 36: Matt Avery Documents his 16th GMMG Widebody Camaro
Updated: Dec 8, 2022
A historic homecoming, a bookend pairing, and much more when capturing this legend.
In his quest to see, experience, and properly document each and every widebody 4th-generation Camaro built by GMMG, including the production run of 2002 Berger Supercar Dick Harrell Edition Camaros, journalist Matt Avery has checked another one off his list, this time encountering DH #01.
The vehicle's foundation is a 2002 Camaro Z28 coupe and is painted 2005 Cadillac Red. This example received a Phase 3X engine upgrade adding an all-aluminum 427ci C5R V8 (630hp/600lb-ft.). It was fitted with the optional Hurst line lock and carried a $123,141.00 price tag when new.
Matt's recent documentation of this 4th-gen legend was indeed monumental, starting with its location. The journalist's photoshoot took place onsite at Berger Chevrolet during the 23rd Annual All GM Show. This is where this Camaro was sold new years ago.
It was made even more special, being paired with the last car of the special Dick Harrell production run, car #30.
About Matt Avery's GWC Documentation Registry
After one GM show car (which served as the inspiration for the project), just 32 Berger Supercar - Dick Harrell Edition Camaros were built: 2 prototypes followed by 30 production vehicles. They were marked with a special signing event taking place at GMMG and involving over a dozen heritage personalities.
An additional three related vehicles are connected to the program: the 'clay car' used to create the molds for the widebody treatment, a third coupe prototype, and one widebody convertible.
All told, these special modern musclecars are arguably the ultimate 4th-generation Camaro, redefining the availability of showroom performance at the turn of the millennium.
CONCEPT (COUPE: PR1, PR2)
PRODUCTION RUN (#1-30)
GM SHOW CAR**
CONCEPT (COUPE: PR3)
CLAY CAR (DC1)
CONVERTIBLE (DHEC: PRCV)
*Part of the heritage personality signing event taking place at GMMG
**Build completed by General Motors
Inspired to uncover and celebrate their full story, automotive historian Matt Avery has made it his mission to document each and every one, creating the most up-to-date Registry. This undertaking has taken him around the country as he captures new images along with close examinations of build practices and accompanying documentation.
This run of special Camaros was commissioned by Berger Chevrolet, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with modifications and conversion work taking place at the GMMG performance shop in Marietta, Georgia. Final assembly on three vehicles (#09, #18, and #21) was completed at Berger Chevrolet.
Matt's new book, Camaro: Special Editions, showcases these historic vehicles' stories and features one (car #25) prominently on the cover.
His research is ongoing with updates provided as they come to light.