I had to clear up that misconception right away. Camaros are NOT beginner cars.
My first car was a 1967 Pontiac Firebird that I bought in 1977. It had a 8 barrel carburetor, cherry mufflers and big tires (I cant' remember the names of them right now), sweet rims and an 8 cylinder engine. It was standard. Oh I loved that car.
You are right, Camaros are not beginner cars. But what fun! It would hug the curves and go real fast!!! Not that I experienced that, I was told a lot. But the boy the looks I would get to see a "girl" driving that thing. My ex, who was my boyfriend at the time, told me that if anybody asked for anything on the car that I was to tell to talk to him. I was so naive to what I had. Sure enough, one by one, my other guy friends would come to me and ask me things like "I'll trade you your 8 barrel for my 4 barrel." When I told them they would have to check with my ex, they would just go "oh" and walk away looking all dejected. By the third time this happened, I realized what my ex already knew.
Last year we took our car for repair and in the parking lot was a Firebird for sale. I went into the lobby all excited, asking the guy there all sorts of questions. He had the oddest look on his face. My DH had no interest at all. It was when I told the guy that car was my first car that it clicked. But, sheesh, when are they going to stop stereotyping!
My two oldest boys favorite thing about their Mom is my first car. You are definitely setting up a legacy of cool Mom status now.
Oh, and don't think that somewhere in the back of your son's mind is the thought that someday that car will be his!