1969 Camaro Indy Pace Car

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
modified 375hp 396c.i. V-8
3675 relicas produced
Driven by: Jim Rathmann – 1960 Indy 500 winner, Chevy dealer

No vintage Camaro convertible is as wanted collectible as the ’69 Pace Car. A white ’67 Camaro convertible paced that year’s Indy 500 and some 100 examples were built for speedway use, but it wasn’t a special edition.

When the Camaro again was invited to pace the ’69 race, Chevy determinedly exploited every aspect of the expensive opportunity. Thus was born regular production option Z11, a $37 striping package that recast a Camaro convertible into a Pace Car.

That $37 price is deceiving, because the RS trim package (which included hidden headlamps) and the SS trim package (with the Z/28-style Cowl Induction hood and decklid spoiler) also were required. Furthermore, the Pace Cars had their own special interior with orange and white hound’s-tooth upholstery complementing the orange stripes and white paint. Buyers could choose either the 350-cubic-inch/300-horsepower small-block V-8 or one of the four 396-cubic-inch big-block V-8s with outputs ranging from 325 to 375 horsepower (the latter with aluminum cylinder heads and an 11.0:1 compression ratio). The car 1960 Indy 500 winner Jim Rathmann drove at the head of the 1969 Indy field was powered by the 375-horse 396, but the vast majority of the 3675 replicas were 350-powered.

 ’69 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car
Body style 2 door, 2+2 passenger
Vehicle configuration Front engine, rear drive
Engine configuration 90 V-8, OHV, 2 valves/cylinder
Engine displacement, ci/cc 350/5733
Horsepower, hp @ rpm, SAE net 300 @ 4800 (gross)
Torque, lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net 380 @ 3200 (gross)
Transmission 3-speed automatic
Axle ratio 3.31:1
Wheelbase, in./mm 108.0/2743
Length, in./mm 186.0/4724
Base curb weight, lb 3600 (est.)
Fuel capacity, gal. 18.0
Fuel economy, EPA city/hwy., mpg 12/16 (est.)
Suspension, f/r Upper and lower control arms,
coil springs, anti-roll bar/solid axle,
leaf springs, anti-roll bar
Steering Recirculating ball, power assist
Brakes, f/r Vented discs/drums
Wheels 14 x 7.0, steel
Tires Goodyear Polyglas, F70-14
Acceleration, 0-60, sec 8.0 (est.)
Quarter mile, sec/mph 16.0/88.0 (est.)
Braking, 60-0, ft 150 (est.)

Motortrend.com – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car Vs. 1996 Camaro Z28