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1969 Chevrolet Camaro

1969 Camaro

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro under went several appearance changes that set it apart from the 67-68 models. The body line now had a pronounced edge that ran from the front wheel well to the rear well. Another pronounced edge ran from the rear wheel well to the rear of the car. This edge was known as an "eyebrow" crease. As well, in front of the rear wheel well were indented fish gill like slashes which housed chrome trim. Also noticeably different is the grill which was now set back further in the car and had pronounced head lamps. Under the hood there were some significant changes and options. This included the powerful 427 and new working ram air options.

Models:

SS: Super sport package - available with the 350 or three 396 options (325hp, 350hp, 375hp aluminum head L78). Model is denoted with SS trim emblems, cowl induction hood. As well, the cars had distinctive striping "hockey stick" style striping on the front fenders. Big block cars received chrome inserts on the hood.

RS: This package was primarily cosmetic. The head lamps were concealed, there were chrome wheel well moldings, pin striping on the eyebrows This package could be ordered on the SS as it was simply a trim option.

Z-28: This was essentially a base Calmar with heavy duty suspension, front disc brakes, Muncie 4 speed, 302 with 11:1 compression and 290 hp. The car still had the twin stripes on the hood and trunk and the Z/28 badge in the grill and 302 badges on the fenders.

Indianapolis 500 Pace Car: A white RS/SS convertible with orange stripes and orange "hounds tooth" interior. Huge lettering on each door that indicated "Chevrolet Calmar Official Pace Car, 53rd Annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race - May 30 1969".

COPO: The 9561 or 9562 option was a true muscle car. These were built essentially for super stock / stock eliminator drag racing. The 9561 included a "plain jane" Calmar with heavy duty suspension and a 425hp 427cid. The 9562 option was an all aluminum 430hp 427cid. These are extremely rare and valuable vehicles. Many feel this was the ultimate Camaro.

Engine options:

Cid Comp. HP TQ Years
230 8.5 140 220 67-68
250 8.5 155 235 67-69
302 11.0 290 290 67-69
307 9.0 200 300 69
327 9.0 210 320 67-69
327   275   67-69
350 9.0 255 345 67-69
350 10.25 300 380 67-69 (SS)
396 10.25 325 380 67-69 (SS)
396 10.25 350 410 67-69 (SS)
396 11.0 375 415 67-68 (SS)
427 11.0 425 460

69 COPO
9562

427 12.0 430 450

69 COPO
9560

 

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