The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS was part of the first-generation of Camaros. It was also the most powerful of the available Camaro models, with options to power the car with a 350- or 396-cubic-inch V-8 engine. Chevrolet sold the RS, or Rally Sport, cosmetic package separately or together with the performance SS, or Super Sport, option. Buyers could also order the RS option with the Z-28 package, which was also a performance package.
Rally Sport and Super Sport
The 1960 Camaro’s Rally Sport option offered no performance enhancements, but instead gave it a sportier look. It featured a blackout grille, concealed headlamps with washers and pinstriping along the fenders. The rear fenders featured faux louvers. The front and rear wheel wells came with moldings. “RS” badging adorned the grille, front fenders, rear body panel and steering wheel. When combining the Super Sport version, Chevy rebadged the Camaro with RS/SS emblems. The RS/SS version came with a hood featuring fake air induction vents. Chevy offered the V-8 engines, all-wheel disc brakes and a Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission. Buyers could also get a three-speed manual or three-speed automatic. The RS/SS came as a coupe or convertible.
The RS/SS version came with a 350- or 396-cubic-inch, V-8 with a cast-iron head and block. The 350 featured a 4-inch bore and 3.5-inch stroke to develop 300 horsepower and 380 foot-pounds of torque. A Rochester carburetor delivered the fuel. Two versions of the 396 were available, with outputs of 325 or 375 horsepower. The 325-horsepower version featured a four-barrel Rochester carb and 410 foot-pounds of torque. The 375-horsepower version developed 415 foot-pounds of torque. It came with a four-barrel Holley carb. The 396 had a 4.094-inch bore and 3.76-inch stroke.
Performance and Production
The 350 with an automatic transmission could achieve 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 16 seconds. The 325-horsepower 396 Camaro with the Muncie transmission hit 60 mph from a dead stop in seven seconds and the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. The 375-horsepower 396 with the Muncie 4-speed reached 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds. Chevrolet produced 243,085 Camaros for 1969, with Rally Sports numbering 37,773 and Super Sports accounting for 36,309 units. There is no estimate for combined RS/SS models.
Dimensions and Chassis
The 1969 Camaro sat on the same 108-inch wheelbase as the previous first-generation models, but it had a slightly longer body length of 186 inches over the 184.6-inch body length of the 1967 and 1968 models. The 1969 Camaro measured 50.9 inches tall and 72.3 inches wide. The front track was 58.7 inches and the rear measured 58.9 inches. Its curb weight when equipped with the 350 V-8 was 3,174 pounds. The front suspension system featured double wishbones and coil springs while the rear had a live axle and semi-elliptic springs.
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