Car: Chevrolet El Camino SS 396
What makes it special: It's the second year of the Third Generation El Camino, which like the prior year was now longer and based on the Chevrolet Chevelle 4-door station wagon platform. 1969 models showed only minor changes, such as a more-rounded front-end styling. A single chrome bar connected quad headlights, and a slotted bumper held the parking lights.
What made it famous: The Super Sport model included your choice of a 265 or 325 horsepower 396 cu in V8 under a double-domed hood, along with a black-out grille displaying an SS emblem. More potent versions of the 396 engine with 350 or 375 horsepower also made the options list for 1969.
Why I would want one: It's a multi purpose vehicle that lends itself well to customizing, or just a nicely styled utility vehicle for hauling light to medium cargo. It also lends itself well to street rodding status, with a 396 V8 and a factory available 4-speed manual transmission. It's also not as abundant on the road as other models....so it's nice for those who want to stand out amongst the cruise night crowd.
Fun fact: In an episode of King of the Hill called "The Redneck on Rainey Street," Hank's neighbor goes redneck and buys a 5th generation El Camino and explains, "Now I know what you guys are thinking, why not an IROC? Why not a Z-car? It's a Camino..... A Camino is a way of life".
( 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396 photo from chclassics.com )