AJ's Car of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car

Year:1969

What makes it special: The 1969 Camaro was chosen as the Official Pace Car for the 1969 running of the Indianapolis 500 and as the Official Car of the ‘500’ Festival. It was a repeat performance for Camaro since it had also been chosen as the 1967 Pace Car.

What made it famous: The 1969 Camaro RS/SS Pace Car convertibles were painted Dover White with Hugger Orange Z28 style stripes and orange houndstooth cloth seats. All were equipped with the recently released fresh air hood (which are referred to as a cowl hood). 

Why I would want one: The base drivetrain was the SS350 with a 3-speed manual transmission, but any other option could be added, including 396 engines and a 4-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic.

Fun fact: Replicas of the pace cars were also white RS/SS convertibles with white tops ordered under RPO Z11. Chevrolet intended to build replicas of the Pace Car to be sent to nearly all of the 6400 Chevrolet dealers across the country, but actual production was 3,675 cars. (Including the Camaros that were provided as courtesy and track vehicles at the race)

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