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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Street Rod

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Street Rod (Cars)

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Chevrolet Camaro (9 pics) (first generation)

The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro (9 pics) appeared on sep. 26, 1966 (55 years ago), for the 1967 (54 years ago) model year on an all brand new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and would be available as a 2-doors, 2+2 seating, coupe or convertible with a choice of six-cylinder and V8 powerplants. The first-gen Camaro would last up through the 1969 (52 years ago) model year.

History 1969

The general appearance of the 1969 (52 years ago) Camaro did not change much compared to the first two years, having kept the basic body lines and basic "look". This slight transformation was similar to the changes made to the 1968 (53 years ago) model to make it look different than the 1967 (54 years ago) model. The 1969 (52 years ago) Camaro carried over the previous year's drivetrain and major mechanical components, but all-new sheetmetal, except the hood and trunk lid, gave the car a substantially sportier look. The grille was redesigned with a heavy "V" cant and deeply inset headlights. New door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel also gave the car a much lower, wider, more aggressive look. This styling would serve for the 1969 (52 years ago) model year only. Collectors often debate the merits of smooth, rounded lines of 1967 (54 years ago) and 1968 (53 years ago) model versus the heavily creased and sportier looks of the 1969 (52 years ago).

Several new performance options were available for the 1969 (52 years ago) model year.

To increase competitiveness in the SCCA Trans Am racing series, a four wheel disc brake option, RPO JL8, was made available during the year. This system used the 4 piston brake components from the Corvette and made for a major improvement in the braking capability and was a key to winning the Trans Am championship.

A GM corporate edict forbade Chevrolet from installing engines larger than 400 cu in (6.6 L) in the Camaro. But requests from dealers (notably Yenko) who were dealer-installing 427 cu in (7 L) engines in the Camaro caused Chevrolet to use an ordering process usually used on fleet and special orders (taxis, trucks, etc) to offer 427 engines in the Camaro. Two Central Office Production Orders (COPO), numbers 9560 and 9561, were offered in the 1969 (52 years ago) model year. The COPO 9561 option brought the solid lifter L72 big-block engine, making an underrated 425 hp (317 kW) gross. Dealer Don Yenko ordered 201 of these cars to create the now-legendary Yenko Camaro. Other dealers also became aware of the L72 engine package and ordered it. Around 1,015 Camaros were fitted with the L72 engine option.

Even rarer was the COPO 9560. This option installed an all-aluminum 427 cu in (7 L) big-block called the ZL-1 and was designed specifically for drag racing. Just 69 ZL-1 Camaros were produced, probably because the engine alone cost over US$4,000 — nearly twice that of a base coupe with a V8. Though rated at 430 hp (321 kW) gross, the ZL-1 made closer to 550 hp (410 kW), making it both the fastest and rarest of all Camaros.

The 1969 (52 years ago) model year was exceptionally long, extending into Nov. 1969 (52 years ago), due to engineering problems that delayed the introduction of the second generation model planned for 1970 (51 years ago). It is a popular myth that late-'69 Camaros were sold as 1970 (51 years ago) models (due to GM publicity pictures (wallpaper) of the 69 Camaro labeled as a 1970 (51 years ago)), but they were all assigned 1969 (52 years ago) VIN codes.

Production numbers:
RS: 37,773
SS: 34,932
Z28: 20,302
Total: 243,085




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