In a month destined to live in infamy for General Motors, there was one blindingly bright spot. Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and watching overall sales volume plunge by 33.4 percent, the General did see the reborn 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
move ahead of its archrival, the new 2010 Ford Mustang
, for the first time since the two squared off in October 1993. While both vehicles are proving to be much-needed showroom success stories, the Camaro managed to tally up a stellar 9,320 units during that 30 day period compared to the Mustang's 7,362 total. Much to GM's delight, that figure was nearly twice what it had projected and handily eclipsed the Camaro's 5,463 sales during the month of May. Even more encouraging, buyers in many markets have been willing to pay $500 or more over sticker for the privilege of driving even a V6 model off of the lot. Although the V6 Camaro's $23,040 base price is $1,195 higher than the least expensive Mustang V6, the Chevy's direct-injected 3.6-liter engine turns out a stout 304 horsepower -- 66 more than the 4.0-liter in the base Ford and a mere 11 fewer than the 4.6-liter V8 in the $28,845 Mustang GT. The last time Camaro outsold Mustang for an entire year was back in 1985, and duplicating that feat in 2009 remains a formidable challenge. However, for the moment, all involved with the resurrection of this iconic Chevrolet model have real reason to celebrate.