1963 Corvette Sting Ray? Nope. 2011 Volt? Not a chance.
In celebration of its 100th birthday, Chevrolet recently hosted an online competition to find the greatest bowtie-badged model of all time. The results are in after almost 125,000 votes, and the internet has spoken: the greatest Chevrolet of all time is apparently the 1969 Camaro.
The Camaro’s trophy for being the “Best Chevy of All Time” arrives after a four-round bracketed competition on Chevrolet’s website, which drew a total of 124,368 votes. The Camaro beat out the 1970 Chevelle SS in the last round of voting, 25,058 to 18,449. It also beat out 14 other models, spanning from the 1912 Classic Six, Chevrolet’s first car, to the modern 2011 Volt and 2009 Corvette ZR1 models.
1969 was the last year of the Camaro’s first generation, before its dramatic redesign for 1970. The 1969 model was also the only Camaro ever offered with the ZL1 performance package, which slotted a 427-cubic-inch, 430 hp V-8 under the car’s hood. Chevy made just 69 ZL1s, but managed to deliver 243,085 RS, SS, and Z/28 Camaros that year.
The 1969 car’s iconic styling was a keen source of inspiration behind the design of the fifth-generation Camaro, and the ZL1 nameplate will make a comeback when the 580-horse 2012 Camaro ZL1 goes on sale early next year.