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Chevy dealership unveils new Camaro amid fanfare

(DAN DAY/dday@modbee.com) Nancy Arhontes of Oakdale (at left, in print top) admires the new Chevrolet Camaro SS she bought as a wedding annivesary present for her husband. They got a look at the car Thursday, May 7, 2009, before the car was formally unveiled Saturday.
(DAN DAY/dday@modbee.com) Nancy Arhontes of Oakdale (at left, in print top) admires the new Chevrolet Camaro SS she bought as a wedding annivesary present for her husband. They got a look at the car Thursday, May 7, 2009, before the car was formally unveiled Saturday. The Modesto Bee

It's back to the future at American Chevrolet this weekend.

The Modesto auto dealer is resurrecting the old practice of unveiling a new model with lots of fanfare, harkening back to the days of blacked-out showroom windows to hide new models until specific release dates.

David Halvorson, president of American Chevrolet, pulled the cover off the latest reinvention of the classic 1960s muscle car, new 2010 Camaro, at mid-day.

The car was purchased by Nancy Arhontes of Oakdale as a 25th anniversary gift for her husband, Jim. The couple are longtime Camaro fans and owners of three '60s-era Camaros, and she was on the top of the waiting list at American Chevrolet when the cars became available.

The car Arhontes purchased is a black, high-performance Camaro SS with a 426-horsepower V8. Chevrolet makes a 304-horsepower V6 Camaro as well. Base price is $31,900 for the V8 and about $22,245 for the V6.

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