• Sep 15, 2011
There have been a lot of great Chevrolet models over the years. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, the 1970 Chevelle SS... lots of fantastic sheet metal on the Bowtie's all-time all-star team.

But while filling out a "best of" team is easy for any Chevy fanboy, choosing one model that rises above all others can be a chore. That didn't stop 124,000 online participants from voting for their all-time number one Chevrolet in honor of the brand's centennial celebration, and the winner clobbered the competition. The 1969 Camaro, which boasted a choice of five V8 engines including the 6.5-liter 396, bested all comers with 25,058 total votes, followed by the 1970 Chevelle SS. With all those classics in Chevy's catalog, modern models like the 2009 Corvette ZR1 and the 2011 Volt never had a chance.

Chevy design boss Tom Peters tends to agree with that vote, calling the 1969 pony car one of the best cars of all-time. Peters has owned a '69 Camaro for 20 years, so his opinion is probably less than objective.
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DETROIT – Nearly 125,000 Chevrolet fans have spoken, naming the 1969 Camaro the "Best Chevy of All Time."

As part of Chevrolet's Centennial celebration, fans were asked to vote for their favorite vehicle from Chevrolet's 100-year history. During the four-round, elimination bracket, the 1969 Camaro garnered 25,058 of the 124,368 votes cast, edging out the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round.

Tom Peters, Chevrolet Design director, believes the '69 Camaro is not only one of the best vehicles in Chevrolet's history but one of the best vehicles ever. He is a little biased, however, having owned the same 1969 Camaro for nearly 20 years.

"I can vividly remember seeing one for the first time as a kid," Peters said. "The intent of the Camaro was instantly understood, even to a 14-year old like me, because it possessed a very powerful personality and an elegant, simple design. The Camaro was so cool because it offered this great style, high performance, and yet was attainable for someone just getting out of school.

"Today, the '69 Camaro has become one of the best examples of timeless design in the industry," Peters said. "Like the very best designs, the Camaro is much more than just a machine because it evokes powerful emotions in people of all ages. 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."


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      JF
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you really have to add fake reflections in Photoshop, at least flip the reflected image vertically...
      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Photoshop reflection fail.
      AngeloD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Infinitely better looking than the latest generation.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have voted for the 1963 Stingray. IMHO the best designed car ever.
        foobar222
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        The old Vette's were great, but I liked the 66-67 Chevelles.
          imoore
          • 3 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          Same here. And don't forget the '68 and '69 models.
      moderate fringe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even as a teen with a friend that had one always felt they were the most overrated. 1970-73 camaro or 67 rs ss look better to me. 1970 Chevelle would be my favorite or 63-67 vette. I'd even go corvair for styling, 63 Impala or 68-72 vette over the '69. '56-'57 vette ain't bad either. Man chevy once made some nice looking cars.
        lbbont
        • 3 Years Ago
        @moderate fringe
        The 63 split window vette was a pretty thing indeed. Would have been my choice.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      as far as pure styling goes, I prefer the original '67 Camaro and the very first '70 1/2 Camaro RS with its split front bumperettes. I hate "best" lists anyway, because there are just too many factors to take into consideration. The '55 Chevy, with the first small-block, is arguably the most important postwar Chevy, taking Chevy out of the stovebolt decades and into the modern world, where it continues to this day. The '69 Camaro was a follower and didn't influence anything except for the current Camaro. I'd say the '70 Monte Carlo was a very important car for Chevy also, bringing the "personal luxury" field right down to the masses, a market that would explode in the next 15 years funding every major automaker well into the '90s. The original Corvair? Ground breaking in its out-of-the-box engineering. To each his own.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
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        RWD
        • 3 Years Ago
        HAHA, it took me a moment to see what you were referring to. Seems like it would have been just as easy to get the reflection correct as botching it... Maybe a passive-aggressive Mustang fan using Photoshop?
      Fat Stig
      • 3 Years Ago
      epic fail on the reflection
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still have to put 70 Chevelle SS454 as #1. That was the most brutal mass market engine ever put out by Chevrolet. I would give honorable mention to the 63 split window Vette. But the most intense Corvette ever was the L88 in '67-69.
      therealkatsmell
      • 3 Years Ago
      ok..that Camaro is just fine... let us go back a little further ....for fun.. the 1959 Chevy Impala ..four on the floor, three two barrel carbs , 335 HP....waaaay fun.... yes it was.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the '63 split window Vette is the best Chevy of all time.
      barb4020
      • 3 Years Ago
      Had a red '67 the year they came out, then a SS396 in '69m British racing green with wire spoke wheels and it FLEW! It had a cracked block when I traded it in '72, but it was a fabulous car in it's day!
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