See all 23 photos This Yenko Camaro retains its original drivetrain: the 427 conversion engine, automatic transmission, and rearend. Yenko converted this Camaro from a 396 to a 427 in March 1968. This car (YS 760) is the one and only documented 1967 big-block cowl-plenum Yenko Camaro.
So at Yenko’s urging, Chevy agreed to factory-build a batch of 1969 Camaros with 427 engines, and to provide full 5-year/50,000-mile warranties. This was done under the Central Office Production Order system, which had previously been used to satisfy special requests from non-performance fleet buyers.
A/C wasn’t available with mechanical-lifter engines, including 302 Z/28, 396/375-hp L78, and COPO 427s. The four official 1969 Camaro 396 big-block options were the L34 (325 hp), L35 (350 hp), L78 (375 hp, iron heads), and L89 (375 hp with aluminum heads).
The SS trim Camaros were available with a 350-cubic inch V8 (L48) rated at 295 horsepower due in large part to the 750 cfm Quadrajet carburetor supplied with the engine. By 1969, this combination was used in almost every Chevrolet car line.
Rare 1969 Camaro ZL1 # 12 Chevrolet Chevy & 427 Engine Sound on My Car Story with Lou Costabile
What size motor came in the 1969 Camaro?
The Camaro’s standard drivetrain was either a 230 cu in (3.8 L) straight-6 engine rated at 140 hp (104 kW) at 4400 rpm and 220 lb⋅ft (298 N⋅m) of torque at 1600 rpm; or a 327 cu in (5.4 L) and 307 cu in (5.0 L) (in January 1969) V8s, with a standard three-speed manual transmission.
PRODUCTION A total of 230,799 1969 Camaros were built, with the bulk of assembly done at Norwood, Ohio, and Los Angeles, California, also producing a large number. Records show 32,932 SS cars built, of which 12,904 were equipped with the 396 engine: 6,752 L35s, 2,018 L34s, 3,823 L78s, and 311 with L89 aluminum heads.
Mark Hassett’s ’69 ZL1 Camaro Is The Rarest Of The Rare. There are many legendary automobiles that live up to the mythology that has been created by those who were there “back in the day.” Take for instance the 1969 ZL1 Camaro.
Did A 1967 Camaro Come With A 427? These photos tell the story of an original 390 Camaro complete with the 427 engine, automatic transmission, and rearend. This Camaro was converted by Yenko to a 427 in March 1968, from a 396.In 1967, Yenko Camaro cars with big blocks that run the front cowl-plenum are very rare.
The 427 single overhead cam (SOHC) and its hemi valve unit were built in 1965 by Ford to fulfill the demands for a hemi-chambered engine while simultaneously operating the valve system on its head using a chain.
When Don Yenko first received the 427-equipped Camaro’s from Chevy, they pumped out a respectable 425 horsepower. Yenko added in a set of headers and freer flowing exhaust, which was good for pumping this 427 engine up to 450 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The 1969 Yenko Camaro was a limited production vehicle, equipped from the factory with COPO 9561, a special performance package including a L72 427/425hp engine, special ducted hood, dual exhaust system, increased cooling capacity and special suspension.
You’re probably wondering where the nickname “catfish Camaro” comes from. As you can probably see, the Camaro that was produced from 1998 to 2002 had flush headlights and a front grille that looked like a gaping mouth.
The Camaro RS Z28’s 302-cid V-8 engine set it apart from the rest of the lineup. While the engine’s advertised output was 290 horsepower, it actually produced upwards of 400 horsepower in the real world. Many drivers were in awe of the car’s deceptive performance.
There is NO code in the VIN that recognizes an SS in any first generation Camaro. A ’67 Camaro has a code on the trim tag for an SS and a late ’69 Camaro had an “X” code on the trim tag to identify some SS’s.
Engine choices were plentiful, including the standard 230-cid six-cylinder, optional 250-cid six-cylinder, and 327-cid small-block V-8 in either 210 or 275-horsepower versions. Chevrolet’s venerable 350-cid small-block would make its debut in the 1967 Camaro, and would not appear in other Chevys until 1968.
There is NO code in the VIN that recognizes a Z28 in any first generation Camaros. Late ’69 Camaros had an “X” code on the trim tag though. A Protect-o-plate can be helpful in identifying a first gen. Z28 but be careful because there are places that make reproductions of both trim tag and protect-o-plate.