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Published on Fri, Sep 16, 2011

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

1969 Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

Nearly 125,000 Chevrolet fans have spoken, naming the 1969 Camaro the “Best Chevy of All Time” GM asked Chevy fans to pick their favorite vehicle in Chevrolet’s 100-year history. Among the contenders: The Mitchell-Shinoda 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, the very first 1953 Corvette, the 1955 Bel Air that introduced the small block motor, the fan favorite 1957 Bel Air, the pioneering 1936 Suburban, the lowrider favorite 1962 Impala, the 1970 Chevelle SS 454, and even the 2011 Volt. The winner? It’s a Camaro—more specifically, the 1969 Camaro.

Ed Welburn At The Philadelphia International Auto Show
GM VP of Global Design Ed Welburn with his personal 1969 Camaro

As part of Chevrolet’s Centennial celebration, fans were asked to vote for their favorite vehicle from Chevrolet’s 100-year history. During the four-round, elimination bracket, the 1969 Camaro garnered 25,058 of the 124,368 votes cast, edging out the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round. Tom Peters, Chevrolet Design director, has owned the same 1969 Camaro for nearly 20 years. “I can vividly remember seeing one for the first time as a kid,” Peters said. “The intent of the Camaro was instantly understood, even to a 14-year old like me, because it possessed a very powerful personality and an elegant, simple design. The Camaro was so cool because it offered this great style, high performance, and yet was attainable for someone just getting out of school.”

Reggie Jackson Chevrolet Camaro
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson’s 1969 Camaro sports a 454 cubic inch motor and 641 horses

“Today, the ’69 Camaro has become one of the best examples of timeless design in the industry,” Peters said. “That’s why we looked to the ’69 for inspiration when designing the fifth-generation Camaro, and why the ’69 Camaro is an example of the timeless vehicles Chevrolet will strive to deliver for the next 100 years.” The full bracket results are available here.

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