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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 10th, 01, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious ahout that option on some 2nd gens.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 10th, 01, 02:15 PM
 
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It's Italian for "Chick Car"

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 10th, 01, 03:07 PM
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Berlinetta was derived from "Berlin" & "Anetta". The GM engineer who developed the car was Wilhelm Klink from Berlin, Germany, who named it after his wife Anetta. Thus, the name "Berlinetta."
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Ah, go on.......
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 11th, 01, 03:03 PM
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It's Italian for "closed coupe", as opposed to "Barchetta" for open roadster. Old Italian coachmakers' terminology; Ferrari closed coupes have been called "Berlinettas" for many years, and they just resurrected the name "Barchetta" for the new limited-production open roadster (no top at all) version of the 550. The name "Berlinetta" has always been associated with Ferrari, but was never Trade-marked, so Chevy grabbed it for a trim option on one of the 3rd Gen. models. Ferrari has since registered it as their trade mark, and no one can now use it commercially without their permission.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 11th, 01, 04:11 PM
 
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The Berlinetta Camaro started in 1979, 3 years before the end of the 2nd gen era. It replaced the Type LT which started in 1973 and ran to 1978.

The Berlinetta was actually a separate model car, not just a trim package on the base model. It ran into the 3rd gen era.

It was marketted towards the ladies.

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