I’ll be the first to admit I am envious of the generations that could have purchased a 1969 Camaro new. That was never a possibility for me, as they stopped selling them … oh, two decades before I was born. Shucks … Just missed ’em.
And, while it’s pretty unlikely that my 1969 Z/28 dream car will ever end up in my garage, since the prices for first-gen Camaros spiral higher and higher every year, I accept the fact that Chevrolet will never make another one.
That may seem like a weird thought since the car has been out of production for almost 50 years, but hear me out. It seems like any time we produce a story on the 2016 Camaro, the Internet fires back with a bevy of comments such as, “It’s no ’69,” or “Why can’t Chevy just make another 1969 Camaro?”
You can trust me when I say, “Super Chevy would be the first on the scene if ever new ’69 Camaros started rolling down the GM assembly lines.” But alas, the answer to the question of why doesn’t Chevy just build another 1969 Camaro is obvious, they can’t.
When you look at the amount of restrictions imposed on automakers in this country, its amazing cars are still produced at all. Worse yet, all of the federally mandated constraints such as emissions, crash safety, fuel economy, etc., combine to form a virtual mold that new cars all have to fit inside of. There’s a reason that newer cars all bare a subtle resemblance. It’s a dreary thought, but if engineers are forced to let a wind tunnel dictate the body lines of new vehicles, in a mad-dash to meet federally-mandated fuel economy, won’t we all end up rolling down the boulevard in spherical-tube-cars?
So, while Chevy will never be able to reproduce another 1969 Camaro even if they wanted to (and we imagine a good share of Bow Tie engineers are chomping at the bit to do just that) let’s drift off into a brief automotive daydream and imagine what a 2016 1969 Camaro would be like if they did …
I envision a car with laser-straight panels, thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, slick-shifting six-speed transmission with silky hydraulic clutches, and the horsepower … can you imagine? I can picture an LT4-powered ’69 Camaro holding center stage in a Chevrolet dealership. The window sticker says 650 horsepower. That’s the world I’d like to live in.