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AJ's Car of the Day '69 Chevy Camaro RS/SS Convertible
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Car: Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro carried over the previous year's drivetrain and major mechanical components, but all-new sheetmetal, except the hood and trunk lid, gave the car a substantially sportier look. The grille was redesigned with a heavy "V" cant and deeply inset headlights. New door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel also gave the car a much lower, wider, more aggressive look.

What made it famous: Optional four wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers were made available during the year, using components from the Corvette and made for a major improvement. Simulated rear fender louvers, front and rear wheel opening moldings, black body sill, RS emblems on grille, steering wheel and rear panel, Rally Sport front fender nameplates, bright accented taillights, back-up lights below rear bumper were also added. This option could be added to any other option like an SS or Z/28, making the model an RS/SS or a RS/Z28. The Z28 option was still available with the 302 cid small block. It was backed by Muncie 4-speed with a new-for-69 standard Hurst shifter and connected to a 12-bolt rear axle with standard 3.73 gears. The 302 featured 11:1 compression, forged pistons, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, solid lifter camshaft, and Holley carburetion on a dual-plane intake manifold. A dual 4-barrel Cross-Ram intake manifold was available as a dealer-installed option.

Why I would want one: The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is probably the most popular Camaro of all time.

Fun fact: This styling would serve for the 1969 model year only. The 1969 model year was exceptionally long, extending into November 1969, due to manufacturing problem that delayed the introduction of the second generation model planned for 1970.

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