Difference Between a 1969 Chevy Camaro & a 2010 Chevy Camaro

Size and Weight

The 1969 car measured 188 inches in length with a wheelbase of 108 inches. The width was 74 inches and the track between the 14-inch wheels was 59 inches. Its weight was between 3,000 and 3,400 pounds.

The 2010 version is only slightly longer at 190 inches and has a wheelbase of 112 inches. The track width is now 64 inches and, depending on the model, the wheels are 18 to 20 inches in diameter. The weight ranges from 3,700 to 3,900 pounds.

Engine and Transmission

In 1969 there were several engine choices; a 140 horsepower six cylinder with 230 cubic inches, and V-8 choices that included a 396 cubic inch version with 325 horsepower. Transmissions choices were limited to either a manual three or four speed.

The new version comes with either a 3.6 L (220 cubic inch) V-6 or a 6.2 L (378 cubic inch) V-8. Power output from the two engines is 304 and 406 horsepower. Available transmissions are a six speed manual or a six speed automatic with a tap shifter.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The '60s vehicle was reported to cover the quarter mile in 14.2 seconds while the fastest of today's model covers the distance in 13 seconds flat. Fuel consumption in the earlier model is estimated to have been 10 and 17 mpg for city and highway as compared to 16 and 24 mpg in the modern V-8 version.

Options

The evolution and availability of comfort and safety features is probably the most striking difference between the original and latest models.

In 1969 a buyer could pay extra for comfort features like air conditioning, a radio, and power steering, but other options like cruise control, power windows, and power door locks were not available.

Optional safety equipment in the original car included shoulder harnesses and four-wheel disc brakes, but anti-theft devices, air bags, traction control, and ABS brakes were not available. All are standard in the modern car.

Cost

Another seemingly drastic difference is in the cost of the two cars. In 1969 Camaros sold at a base price of $2,600 to $3,600 with another $1,000 in available options as compared to a range of $22,000 to $45,000 today.

The price difference seems less dramatic if you consider the decline in the value of the dollar in the last 40 years as well as all the standard equipment included today that was either optional or not available in the 1960s. The cost of the top-of-the-line 1969 model with full options in today's dollars would be about $29,000. The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in 1966 and the first generation design was continued through the 1969 model year. Various versions followed until production stopped in 2002. In 2009 the company again began making the Camaro. The general design and appearance of the two-door coupe and convertible are similar to those of the original car, with some differences of course.