AJ's Car of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 / RS Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28 / RS Coupe

Year: 1969

What makes it special: For 1969, a Z28 Special Performance Package equipped Camaro with the Rally Sport (RS) RPOZ22 option included a special black painted grille with concealed headlights, lower front spoiler, simulated rear fender louvers, RS emblems on grille, steering wheel and rear panel, and Rally Sport front fender nameplates.

What made it famous: The 302 cu in Small Block V8 Z28 option, backed by Muncie 4-speed with a standard Hurst shifter and connected to a 12-bolt rear axle with standard 3.73 gears.

Why I would want one: As a matter of preference, when it comes to the 1969 model year Camaro, I prefer the "Hide-away Headlights" option that the Rally Sport provided. It is more pleasing to the eye than that years "bug eye" headlight look that came standard. (Again....MY preference...)

Fun fact: The 1969 model year went into overtime and extended into November 1969, due to manufacturing problem that delayed the introduction of the second generation model planned for 1970. Also, a dual 4-barrel "Cross-Ram" intake manifold was available as a dealer-installed option.

(1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 / RS photo from sodahead.com)