1969 marked the third and final year of the first generation Chevy Camaro. It was also the acme for production with 243,085 Camaros produced, thanks to a longer than usual production that spanned from September 26th, 1968 to February 26th, 1970.
The 1969 Chevy Camaro featured a number of design changes. Front fenders, doors, rear quarter panels, the rear panel, header, and valance all had aesthetic changes. The wheel wells were flattened, giving the Camaro a more aggressive look. The grill had sharper lines and angles. The Rally Sport package hid the headlights behind vacuum operated doors. Inside, the Camaro’s instrument binnacle was more squared, but the console mounted instruments soldiered on unchanged from the previous year.
1969 also brought mechanical changes for the Chevy Camaro. Option RPO JL8 Power Front and Rear Disc Brakes were available on any Camaro. For those in the know (mainly motorsports competitors), the monstrous COPO 427 could be had, but the option code did not appear in any dealer order guides. Cowl induction hoods that were previously available exclusively on COPO cars could be ordered for any Z/28 or SS Camaro.
Another noteworthy accomplishment for the 1969 Chevy Camaro was being selected to pace the Indianapolis 500 for the second time in just three years. Chevy built 3,675 Camaro SS Rally Sport convertibles (RPO Z11) to mark the occasion. The Pace Cars were finished in Dover White with orange stripes with white soft tops over an orange and black houndstooth interior, equipped with Rally wheels, cowl induction hoods, and a fistful of other options. It is estimated between 250 and 500 coupes were built with similar appearance to the Pace Cars.
Our feature 1969 Chevy Camaro RS/SS has been the subject of a restoration by North Georgia Street Rods. It is finished in its factory hue of LeMans Blue with black stripes and a black vinyl hardtop over a black vinyl interior. Powering the Camaro is a 396 cubic inch Big Block. The Rat motor is fed by a single four-barrel carb and exhales through a chambered exhaust. The 396 is backed by a Muncie four-speed manual and correct twelve-bolt rear diff. The Camaro is equipped with a tilt column, factory air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, front and rear spoilers, and a proper SS hood.
This 1969 Camaro RS/SS coupe will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Chattanooga, Tennessee event taking place October 13th and 14th.
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