The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro paced the Indianapolis 500.
The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, nicknamed "the hugger," received an extensive
lower-body facelift that brought a new grille and bumpers, round parking lights, and a reshaped
tail. Wheelbase remained at 108 inches, but the '69 body looked longer and
Front wheel cutouts were more square. The vee-shaped eggcrate grille sat farther back, sweeping into shrouded headlights. The Rally Sport (RS) option kept its concealed headlights, but their covers added ribs that allowed some light to shine through -- just in case the doors failed to retract.
"Ask the kid who owns one," declared one ad, leaving no doubt about Camaro's target market. Instrument panels were revamped and a steering/ignition lock added. A headlight washer could be ordered, and four-wheel disc brakes became available for all models. Options also included a spoiler, tachometer, and space-saver spare tire.
Anyone unhappy with the standard six-cylinder engine or 210-horsepower 327 V-8 had some tempting choices to consider. A pair of 350-cubic-inch V-8s graced the options list, as did Turbo-Jet 396s putting out 325 to 375 horsepower.Super Sport Camaros had a new 300-horsepower Turbo-Fire 350 V-8 residing beneath a special hood with simulated ports. Also included with the SS option, which could be ordered in combination with the RS, were black sill moldings, a special suspension, and F70sxs14 tires.
Production rose slightly, to 65,008 six-cylinder and 178,087 V-8 Camaros -- hardtops and convertibles -- starting at $2,638. The total included 19,024 Z28s (far more than in 1967-68). Again rated at 290 horsepower, but actually far stronger, the 302-cubic-inch Z28 engine now inhaled through a "cowl-induction" assembly with rear-facing scoop. Dual throaty-tone exhausts, a stiffer suspension, 15-inch wheels, Hurst linkage, and broad stripes completed the Z28 picture.
A Camaro paced the Indianapolis 500 race, as it had in 1967, and 3,475 "Pacesetter Value Package" convertibles went on sale. This turned out to be an extra-long model run because introduction of the restyled '70 Camaro was delayed until spring of that year.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Facts
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