1969 Chevy Camaro
This was the first redesign of the Camaro, with many notable changes in appearance. The car kept the same basic shape that made it popular, but received a more aggressive look through new fenders, a new grill, headlights, taillights. The new fenders made the car look as it was sitting lower to the ground, and created a wider stance. The interior also had some changes, with a new dashboard and seats.
While styling is important, it was the punch that you could pack under the gas pedal that made 1969 a historic year for the Camaro. Two new Ram-Air induction options were available for the SS. The RS Package continued to be a very popular choice, and had upgraded hidden headlights with a slotted design, new chrome wheel well molds, new pinstripes as well as moldings.
The 1969 was popular for limited edition performance models of the Camaro. The NHRA inspired COPO Package ZL-1 Aluminum 427 powered Camaro, the Indianapolis 500 pacecar, and the Yenko Camaro were all limited edition Camaros in 1969. We will go into more detail on special edition Camaros in the future.
This year also marked a huge year in terms of performance options. There were more engine choices; 307cid rated at 200 horsepower (327 crank with the 283cid block), and a new 255 horsepower 350cid V8, and the Z28 kept its 302cid engine. The 396 kept its different 325, 350, and 375 horsepower options. The SS had its 350 boosted up to 300 horspower in 1969.
The 1969 Camaro moved slightly into 1970, and some 1969 Model years were even labelled 1970 models which creates a ton of confusion and arguments.
1969 Camaro Production Numbers:
Performance (1/4 Mile):
ZL1-427 : 13.16 @ 110mph (0-60 in 5.3 sec)
L72-427 : 13.5 @ 102mph (0-60 in 5.4 sec)
SS -396 : 14.7 @ 98.7mph (0-60 in 6.8 sec)
Z28-302 : 15.12 @ 94.8mph (0-60 in 7.4 sec)