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100 Years Of Chevrolet - 1969 Camaro Named G.O.A.T.

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On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

100 Years Of Chevrolet - 1969 Camaro Named G.O.A.T.

You may remember a little competition we had at AutoShopper.com back in July when we asked fans which Chevy, in their opinion, was the greatest of all time. It seems Chevrolet had the same discussion and, surprisingly, with a lot of the same results—although on a much larger scale. After 124,368 votes cast, and defeating the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round, the 1969 Camaro earned the distinction of being the best Chevrolet of the past century.

In truth, the competition really wasn’t even close. The 1970 Chevelle SS earned 18,449 votes or just shy of 15% of the total. On the other hand, the 1969 Camaro earned 25,058 votes or just over 20% of the total.

A point of contention, not to gripe about statistical analyses, but as an outside spectator it’s a bit strange that Chevrolet compared a base model Camaro (which seems to include the ZL1 and Z28 performance packages) with a specific model Chevelle SS. So, basically, enthusiasts of every 1969 Camaro type were bracketed against enthusiasts of a single kind of Chevelle—thus garnering a possible voting advantage.

Hmmm… I wonder what motivation Chevrolet would have for the 1969 Camaro to win this competition?

In any event, my personal favorite—the K Blazer—lost whole-heartedly to the 1953 Corvette in a first bracket comparison. Some other notable competitors were the 1957 Bel Air, 1948 Pickup, and 1936 Suburban. And regardless how you feel about the statistical credibility of Chevy’s voting process, the 1969 Camaro is an amazing machine worthy of total victory.

Tom Peters, Chevy’s design director, suggests the 1969 Camaro is not only one of the best vehicles in Chevrolet’s history but one of the greatest cars of all time. He is perhaps a little biased, though, having owned the same 1969 Camaro for almost 20 years. “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.”

Feel free to check out the full bracket results here. Now, all we need to know is which Chevy Michael Jordan prefers. His is the only vote that truly matters.

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NEWZPHLASH | 8:59AM (Wed, Sep 21, 2011)

1972 was my favorite year for Chevy.

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