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1969 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was part of the first-generation 'F-Body' and by this point in history, had truly come of age, with handsome styling, huge option lists, brilliant racing success, and strong showroom sales. The new 1969 body was lower and longer in appearance, measuring 166 inches in length with a 112-inch wheelbase. Bodystyles included a sport coupe and convertible. The Rally Sport option came with concealed headlights, retractable headlamp doors with a triple-slot design, and a black grille. The Z/28 and Super Sport (SS) packages had the 'Super Scoop' hood.

Standard equipment included a heater, defroster, Strato-Bucket front seats, all-vinyl interior, Astro Ventilation system, left-hand outside rearview mirror, front shoulder safety belts, and a six-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower. The standard V8 brought horsepower to 210 hp. The ZL-1 option had the 427 cubic-inch V8 with aluminum block construction and three two-barrel carburetors producing 425 horsepower.

The RPO Z/28 option package had been introduced in 1967 to homologate the car for racing. Refinements for 1968 and 1969 further enhanced the concept. Power was from a small-block V8 engine, combining the basic dimensions of the 327 cylinder block and short-stroke 283 crank to yield 302 cubic inches. This was just under the SCCA-mandated displacement limit for Trans-Am racing. Additional race-bred modifications maximized the Z/28's factory-underrated 290 horsepower output.

The racing versions were successfully campaigned by Penske Racing and piloted by star driver Mark Donohue to back-to-back SCCA Trans-Am championships in 1968 and 1969. Additionally, the Z/28 was formidable on the dragstrip, with the 1969 Z/28 being a 14-second car in stock trim with low-13s when fitted with narrow slicks, lower rear end gears (3.73:1), tuning, and open headers.

1969 was the final year for the first-generation Camaro. The first-gen Camaro had paced the 1967 Indianapolis '500' and NASCAR's signature race, the Daytona '500,' in 1968 and 1969. It returned in 1969 as the Official Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 race and Festival celebrations, wearing a high-visibility Dover White paint finish, matching convertible top, Z/28-style Hugger Orange stripes, and Orange Houndstooth upholstery. Two specially-equipped Official Pace Cars were constructed, plus one show-car replica, to be presented to the winner of the venerable race. An additional 130 cars were produced to serve as support vehicles for the use of officials, VIPs, and journalists. The public was also able to purchase an Official Pace Car Edition Camaro. Dealers could order RPO (Regular Production Order) Z11 and get a Camaro RS/SS in the same color combination as the pace and festival cars, plus the all-new ZL2 Cowl Induction hood. The base car had a three-speed manual transmission with the SS350 engine but could be further upgraded with the RPO L35 396 cubic-inch Turbo-Jet engine and choice of transmission. The 'Official Pace Car' dealers for the doors were placed inside the car and the buyer to install them at their discretion. Although Chevrolet planned to have examples sent to nearly all of the 6,400 Chevrolet dealers across the country, just 3,764 examples were produced and sold at a suggested base price of $3,700. Production numbers by engine size are not known, but it is estimated that about 735 of the Pace Car Edition were fitted with the 396 'big-block' engine option.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Engine Designed for the Trans Am Racing Series
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N608879

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379L508806

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS L78 396 Turbo Jet Coupe finished in Fantom Green with a white interior was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island. It was expected to sell between $110,000-$130,000. It has under....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N607652

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $80,000 - $100,000. It is powered by a 302 cubic-inch V8 engine capable ....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was purchased with the Rally Sport Z28 option in Coupe configuration. It is finished in yellow paint with black racing stripes. ....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

The Z/28 Camaro was designed to race from the beginning, and delivered in limited numbers to the public with a Special High Performance 302 cubic-inch engine. The Z/28 package in conjunction with suspension improvements fit within the context of SCC....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N594557

This 1969 Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro 'FIA' Racing Car is fitted with a 305 cubic-inch V8 engine that produces just over 400 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox, Moser 12-bolt rear end, and four-wheel disc brakes. ....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

This vehicle is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Sunoco Penske Trans-Am Race Car that is fitted with a 500M Donovan aluminum block V8 engine capable of producing 700 horsepower. There is a Jerico four-speed transmission, an independent competition suspension....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Of the 201 Yenko Camaros produced in 1969, there were only 37 painted Hugger Orange. Of that 37, only nine had the combination of a four-speed transmission with a black vinyl top. This car is fully documented and listed on the official VIN list mai....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N554308
Engine Num: T2219MN

Chevrolet's COPO system allowed performance enthusiasts to create some of the most exciting, fast, and outrageous cars in Chevy history. Only a few were built which has brought about much demand in modern times, and what has been termed 'tributes', ....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N657861
Engine Num: T0513MN

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Convertible

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Convertible

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Convertible

The Chevrolet Camaro was used to pace the Memorial Day Classic on May 30th 1969. This was the second time in 3 years that Indianapolis Motor Speedway chose the Camaro to pace the race. It was the first and only time a single model has had such an h....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Convertible

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N698336

The Regular Production Option (RPO) Z28 package transformed the Camaro into a competition road-racing car. When first introduced, the Z28 was intended for professional racing teams, and for drivers such as Mark Donohue. The car quickly proved to be....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N644001
Engine Num: KM V4201DZ

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

This car was campaigned by Penske Racing for the entire 1969 SCCA Trans-Am season and earned Chevrolet the manufacturer's championship title beating every other factory effort. The Penske Camaro was driven by Mark Donohue, Ronnie Bucknum and Ed Lesli....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Don Yenko Chevrolet, a Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealer, made a deal with General Motors' Chevrolet Motor Division to have the factory install the 427 cubic-inch, 450 horsepower V-8 under the C.O.P.O. (Central Office Production Order) progra....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

The first generation Camaro production ran from September 29, 1966, ending in 1969. GM offered their new rear-wheel drive F-body platform (shared with the Pontiac Firebird) as both a 2-door coupe and convertible, both with 2+2 seating. Like Ford's Mu....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N566465

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

During the 1970 and 1971 SCCA TransAm races, the Big Three budgets allowed them to campaign multi-car teams. But there was also room for those that didn't get the big-ticket factory contracts or the factory cash. If there is a will there is a way and....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379L501175

This Camaro is a RS/SS that has been given a premium restoration. It was built in the first week of September of 1968 and is one of the earliest of the 1969 models, which went into production that month. The car has several changeover features from t....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

This Chevy Camaro, painted in Hugger Orange with a black vinyl top, is the 1969th example built. It was ordered as a no-option, strictly-business muscle car. The original owner of this vehicle disregarded the normal creature comforts including radio,....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: TA-072

Jack Westlund of Everett, Washington purchased a brand new 1968 Camaro Z-28 in the summer of 1968. He drove it on the street for about 500 miles. At that point Jack and his son Ken, began converting the car to A-Sedan specifications. ....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Early in October 1968, Don Yenko placed an order for fifty 1969 COPO (Central Office Production Order) Camaros equipped with 427 cubic inch engines developing 425 horsepower. Don started with this initial quantity as it was the minimum order needed t....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

COPO Camaros were specifically built to get around the limitation on performance cars that General Motors had imposed on Chevrolet. Only a limited number were produced . COPO #9561 was fitted with a 427/425 iron block engine, special ducted hood, hea....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N608272

This Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 let the Norwood Ohio assembly plant and was shipped to Canada on March 4th of 1969. It is a GM verified Z/28 model finished in Fathom Green with a Midnight Green interior. Currently it has 75,000 miles on its odometer. ....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N677396

Don Yenko on Canonsburg, Pennsylvania was one of America's premier road-racers and high-performance Chevy dealers. In 1969, 201 examples of the Chevy Camaro received their 425 horsepower L-72 427 engines factory-installed via Chevy's infamous COPO (C....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 124679N640930

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pace Car Edition is an RPO Z11 example that was upgraded to the L78-spec 396/375 HP big-block Mark IV V-8 as part of a frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration. The 4-bolt main engine has Winters aluminum heads and a Holley....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Certainly among the most coveted and recognized Muscle Cars for the 1969 model year, Chevrolet produced over 240,000 Camaros. Of those, it is believed that a bit over 20,000 were built with the coveted X77 code, better known as the Z/28.....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Don Yenko's Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealership worked with GM to have a batch of Camaros fitted out with L72 V8 motors through the COPO program. This car has its original 427 engine, 4 speed transmission and rear end; the standard interior....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

This highly optioned triple-black 1969 COPO Camaro RS was sold new at Frost Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and has been restored by the Super Car Workshop in Pennsylvania. The car retains its original 427 cubic-inch L72 engine, Muncie M22 transmis....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379N695019

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was built as a tribute to the 1969 ZL1/COPO Camaro. It currently has a two year old professional, frame-off rotisserie restoration. It is number 101 of 427 limited edition aluminum 427 cubic-inch engines produced by GM back....[continue reading]

1969 Chevrolet Camaro vehicle information

Hardtop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 124379L520771

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro has a 427 cubic-inch engine, a new 700R4 overdrive Bowtie transmission, 140 mph speedometer with tachometer, power steering, and power brakes.....[continue reading]

Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N608879 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379L508806 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N607652 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N594557 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N554308 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N657861 
Convertible
 
Convertible
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Convertible
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Convertible
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N698336 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N644001 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N566465 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379L501175 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: TA-072 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N608272 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N677396 
Convertible
Chassis #: 124679N640930 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379N695019 
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 124379L520771 

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1969 Camaro
$2,850-$25,580
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Price Range: $2,635 - $2,850

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$2,910 - $3,465
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,333,839
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,579,509
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,420,564
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)1,830,319
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)1,451,305
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)2,092,947
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)2,206,639
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,206,639
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)2,375,118
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)2,318,619

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