1969 Camaro RS/SS Specsby Jennifer O'Hara
1969 was the final year for the first generation of Chevrolet's well received and popular Camaro. The Rally Sport/Super Sport model, just one of many 69 Camaro variations in GM's stable, was both powerful and attractive.
1969 Camaro RS/SS buyers could choose from five V8 engines ranging from 350 CID to 396 CID, with between 300 to 375 horses beneath the hood, all with a three-speed manual. However, buyers could also opt to have their dealer install a 427 CID engine able to produce 430 HP.
69 RS/SS models had special vacuum-operated headlight covers with three translucent louvers, as well as headlight washers. Fender striping, back-up lights below the bumper, chrome wheel-well moldings, simulated rear louvers, a black grille and rocker panels, and accented air vents and taillights distinguished the RS package. Both the front and rear quarter panels as well as the grille and steering wheel bore special RS badging.
Two inches longer than the 68 Camaro, the 69 had a 108-inch wheelbase maneuvered by recirculating ball steering. Many RS/SS models had power-disc front brakes with drum brakes in the rear.
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Michigan native Jennifer O'Hara has been writing since the 1990s, when one of her columns was recognized by local journalism associations. Her experience includes radio and several years working at a major advertising agency. O'Hara holds an Associate of Fine Arts from Macomb Community College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in small-business administration with a specialization in marketing from Baker College of Michigan.