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.
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."