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1967, 1968, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro


By 1968, competition had heated up to the point that the Chevrolet Camaro engine offerings expanded to include Chevy's big-block 396 with up to 375 bhp.
By 1968, competition had heated up to the point that the Chevrolet Camaro engine offerings expanded to include Chevy's big-block 396 with up to 375 bhp.
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Styling of the 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro, on the other hand, was nearly perfect: chiseled yet flowing, and decisively different from Mustang. Naturally, it was created under the watchful eye of GM design chief Bill Mitchell -- who ironically didn't much like the finished product.

Again mimicking the Ford Mustang, the Camaro aimed to be all things to all sporty-car buyers. The choices began with a basic hardtop coupe or convertible with 230-cid six. From there you went to a 250-cid six ($26), 327 V-8 ($106), or 350 V-8. The last, though, was tied to a $211 Super Sport package comprising stiff suspension, D70 x14 tires, modified hood with extra sound insulation, and "bumblebee" nose stripes. From midseason, a pair of 396 big-blocks (325 and 350 bhp) was offered through dealers to get around a GM ceiling on "excessive" small-car displacement and horsepower.

Other tempting '67 options included Custom interior, Strato-Back front bench seat (rarely ordered), fold-down rear seat, extra gauges, and console shifters for the optional two-speed Powerglide automatic, Heavy-Duty three-speed manual, and four-speed manual. A $105 Rally Sport package added a hidden-headlight grille among other touches. Additional extras ran to tinted glass, heater, air conditioning, cruise control, and a vinyl roof for hardtops. Functional items included sintered-metallic brake linings, vented power front-disc brakes, quick-ratio manual steering, Positraction limited-slip differential, and a dozen different axle ratios. With all this, delivered prices could easily exceed $5,000.

Camaro may have trod Mustang's trail, but was successful on its own. Though Mustang outsold it for 1967, Camaro's 220,000 orders represented fully 10 percent of Chevy's total volume that year. Among them were 100 "Official Pace Car" convertibles from the Indianapolis "500" (not publicly sold) and 602 of the now-legendary Z-28s.

The Chevrolet Camaro was face-lifted for '69, gaining modified side sculpturing in addition to new grille and taillight treatments.
The Chevrolet Camaro was face-lifted for '69, gaining modified side sculpturing in addition to new grille and taillight treatments.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Sales improved by some 15,000 units for '68 despite few changes and new competition. Washington's mandated side-marker lights provided easy identification, as did a revised grille and one-piece door glass (signaling Chevy's new flow-through "Astro Ventilation"). Options remained substantially the same save for a third 396 (375 bhp) offering.

The '69s saw more extensive revisions -- a good thing, as they would sell into early 1970 pending a delayed, all-new second-generation Camaro. A deft lower-body reskin introduced a vee'd eggcrate grille, "speed streaks" above the wheelarches, and a reshaped tail. RS headlamps remained hidden when off, but glass slots allowed some light to shine through should their covers fail to retract. Instruments were revamped, as were some engine choices. Sales eased, but not greatly.

Camaro again paced the Indy "500" in '69, but Chevrolet cashed in this time by selling 3,475 "Pacesetter Value Package" convertibles at about $3,500 apiece. Of these, only four (perhaps more) were equipped like the three "real" pacers.

Keep reading to learn about the specifications of the 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

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