•Great engines: 302, 327, 350, 396, 427...
•Classic body always turns heads
•NOS, factory-authorized reproduction, and aftermarket parts most plentiful as any collector car
•Rust prone in critical areas
•Watch out for misrepresented clones and fakes
•Interiors will never be squeak- and rattle-free
•Even a plain-Jane Camaro can be a blast to drive; you don't have to spend $100,000 to have a good time.
•Deals that look too good to be true. Watch for Z/28 and SS fakes.
•The 1969 ZL-1. Sixty-nine were produced--they have the all-aluminum 427 and went from zero to 60 in just a tick over five second
•If the ZL-1's out of your price range, the 1969 Z/28 was a 302 with a claimed 290 horsepower
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•You can't go wrong with one of the 327/350-cubic-inch V-8s.
•One of America's greatest pony cars ever; easy to restore and fun to drive.
Through The Years
•1967 General Motors needs a response to the Mustang. It builds one, which the Ford still outsells, but the Camaro becomes a legend in its own right. Eight engine options, manual and automatic trans available. Super Sport and Rally Sport options both sell well, sometimes on the same car. Only 1967s feature a vent window.
•1968 Minor changes to the second-year car. VIN plate is relocated, the grille updated with rectangular turn-signal lights, SS side striping revised. The seats are updated, as is the steering wheel, and a new 396 is added to the line.
•1969 For the final year with this body style, there are clear changes. The front end takes on a more defined V shape, and the grille contains a recessed silver or black grid. Taillights are wider, the gas cap is relocated, and the wheel openings are more square. This year also represents the year of the ZL-1, the most valuable COPO. This production year continues through November, and there are more 1969 Camaros produced than either of the previous years.
1. 1967 RS hideaway headlights used electric motors that tended to burn out. 1968/1969 went to a less breakage-prone vacuum setup.
2. This paint scheme combines a Hugger Orange body with Tuxedo Black Z/28 stripes.
3. The teakwood-look three-spoke steering wheel was a desirable option, especially when combined with the tilt option. Front windows come loose from window regulators and need to be resecured with lockwashers.
4. Rear-window regulators tend to freeze up from non-use. An easy fix.
5. Vinyl-covered steel tops were available all three years, with all exterior colors, but in 1969, the vinyl no longer ran the full width of the car. Watch for rust buildup beneath the top.
6. 1967s had monoleaf rear springs prone to wheelhop, which resulted in damage to spring and shock mounts. For 1968, the system was replaced with a multileaf setup with staggered shocks, which cured the problem.
7. Early Camaros suffered from a weak motor-mount design. Make sure they're in good shape or replace them with later, interlocking-style mounts.
8. Rust can be a problem for all years, depending upon where the car lived and how it was cared for. Two most rust-prone areas to check are the front fenders, just behind the wheel openings, and the trunk floorpan on leak-prone convertibles
9. Subframe to body mounts can disintegrate over time. There are better compounds out there today that last longer. Switching to polyurethane or aluminum can be an even longer-lasting choice, but these may squeak.
10. This Z/28 has four-wheel disc brakes. The JL8 option was available only in 1969.
11. Early 1969 Z/28s used the 1968 15x6.0-inch Rally wheel, and then switched to this 15x7.0-inch model.
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