I have a question that may seem stupid. But why did Chevrolet paint the rear panels on the Camaros semi-gloss black? I understand that small block cars were not painted and that a semi-gloss tail panel means BB under the hood...but why? I have heard that the semi-gloss and flat black paint on the hood was to reduce glare while racing. Ford and Mopar were big on the blacked out hoods, but I don't think GM did this...did they? But what purpose would blacking out the tail panel do? I like the blacked out tail panel only because it represents a BB car. But to be honest, it's kinda ugly and I would prefer a nice glossy paint job. Was blacking out the tail panel the thing to do back then? If so, where did this trend begin? Who was the first to black out the tail pan and say...that's cool? Was this something done by the racers that somehow had utiliity and crossed over to the street cars? (Kinda like fake hood scoops). Anyway, just wondering. If anyone has an idea of why, when and how this trend started, I would be interested to say the least.