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 History Of The Chevrolet Camaro

1969 - Building A Legend 

Originally on: http://cars.dozer.com/features/camaro_history/camaro_history.html

By tigeraid

Chevy's best year?

1969 saw major changes for Chevrolet's pony car and, as many believe, led the manufacturer to its greatest year ever. The car underwent a major styling change, and all but the hood, roof and deck lid was replaced with new components. The all new grille was recessed further into the nose and optional see-through louvered headlamp covers were available along with large marker lights mounted in the front valence. The back of the F-body was restyled with new taillights, and hid the gas cap under the license plate. Another small block was added to the line, the L-48 300 horsepower 350, and yet another 396 big block thrown into the mix... a very rare option that almost didn't exist, known as the ZL-1, was snatched up by a few lucky enthusiasts (this will be examined later on.) Gearing now varied from 2.56:1 granny gears all the way to 4.88:1.

The cowl induction hood is such a popular feature on 1st-gen Camaro's, that not many people know that 1969 was the first year they were offered as an O.E.M. component. If you see a '67-68 model with a cowl induction hood, it's aftermarket.

The Camaro was again invited to pace the Indy 500, and unlike in 1967, Chevrolet prepared a special Pace Car package for the '69 Camaro. Offering a limited number of Camaro's with the new RPO (Regular Production Order) Z-11 Pace Car option package, Chevy added a hugger orange striping package to the white Camaro Convertibles. The RS/SS combined option packages were applied to the Pace Car, and the interior was special with orange and white hounds tooth upholstery. The actual car that paced the race used the 375 hp SS396, but the Pace Car models available to the street could be had with any of the F-body's engines. A total of 3,675 pace cars were sold to the public, including a few hardtops which are considered ultra-rare.

'69 RS

225,512 coupes and 17,573 convertibles (243,085 total) were sold in 1969, there best yet.


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