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Contrary to popular opinion, Chevrolet’s sporty Camaro was designed from the outset as a more conventional replacement for the rear-engine Corvair and not a belated General Motors response to Ford’s wildly successful first-generation Mustang. From its debut in late 1966 for 1967, the Camaro was value-priced from just $2,466 for the basic hardtop coupe and available with virtually every available Chevrolet option. Best of all, the Camaro’s engine bay accommodated virtually the entire Chevrolet passenger-car engine range, from thrifty inline sixes and lightweight small-block V-8s, all the way up to the fire-breathing Mark IV big-blocks. Chevy racers quickly adopted the Camaro, and in the hands of Penske Racing and Mark Donohue in SCCA Trans-Am competition and Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins in Super Stock drag racing, the Camaro became a motorsports legend, with strong performance on the showroom floor to match.
The Camaro proved to be an extremely successful gamble for Chevrolet and public demand continued unabated for 1968 and 1969. Meanwhile, Ford Mustang sales began to stall, reflecting the greater variety of competitors in an increasingly crowded market. Changes for 1968 represented careful refinements to the basic Camaro design aimed at improving comfort, safety and handling. New frontal styling for 1969 and other detail changes made a great car even better. The year 1969 also marked the end of the line for the first-generation Camaro, which remains highly coveted today as quite likely the ultimate evolution of the line. A lengthy strike at GM’s Norwood, Ohio assembly plant delayed the introduction of the new-for-1970 F-bodies, resulting in an extended production run for the beloved 1969 models, which went on to serve as the main design inspiration for today’s current-generation Camaro.
Assembled at Norwood, Ohio during the 3rd week of October 1968, this iconic 1969 SS Camaro was one of the first to come off the assembly line. Finished in the factory Grotto Blue, it also features the correct ‘SS’ white nose stripe and the optional original Deluxe blue interior, which is in outstanding condition. The engine is a date-coded 396/325 unit backed by a 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction limited-slip rear axle. Highly desirable features and amenities include buckets seats and power steering, power brakes, and the auxiliary lighting group. Finishing off the Camaro’s outside appearance are driver- and passenger-door mirrors, front and rear bumper guards, and BF Goodrich tires mounted on chrome wheels with small-diameter chrome “dog-dish” hubcaps. This great 1969 Camaro Super Sport 396 is a true classic!