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Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car (1969)


Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car (1969)

When the first Camaro appeared in 1967 it was rolled out to pace the famous Indianapolis 500, and two years later it was back once again in convertible form to do the same. The limited edition -just 3,675 were made - was available by ticking the Z11 option which, priced at $37, got you the racing stripes and door decals. To make a replica pace car you also had to tick the SS package, which meant a cowl induction hood and rear spoiler, plus order the hidden headlight RS grille. The actual machine which paced the event had a 375bhp (280kW) 396ci (6,489cc) V8, but in the interests of driveability, most of the replicas came with small-block 350ci (5,735cc) V8s, which still thumped out plenty of power. Chevy Rallye wheels at 7 inches (178mm) wide improved handling and a Posi-traction live rear axle ensured maximum grip from a standing start.

Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car (1969) Specifications

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque:380 lb ft (515 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:3,395 lb (1,543 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.31 km/I)
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