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Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« on: October 19, 2015, 11:49:49 AM »
Hi there,
I've a couple of dumb questions I've been thinkin about for a while now and I tried to search for info here and on the web but I didn't find any answers:

1. Who's the designer responsible for the fabulous design of the 69 Camaro?

2. Is the design features like the aggressive front and the side louvers made to make the car look like shark or what? I mean they did make the Corvette Stingray......
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2015, 02:57:38 PM »
Chevy/GM was design by committee in those days. I have never heard of one name associated with the design.

Best resource with some interesting photos of design proposals that didn't make it is "The Great Camaro" a book by Michael Lamm. Should be able to find a copy on line someplace.

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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2015, 07:08:57 PM »
I believe a gentleman by the name of Larry Shinoda is credited with the design of the 1969 cowl induction hood at least.
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2015, 07:36:19 PM »
Interesting since I believe he was also involved with the Boss Mustang..
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2015, 08:11:10 PM »
Yup, and the Corvette as well. Seems like a lot of the automotive people moved between the big three during their careers.
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2015, 08:50:10 PM »
Larry Shinoda was a stylist at Chevy who also had involvement with the '63 Corvette I believe. Shinoda was trusted ally of Bunkie Knudsen, a GM executive who had become restless. Henry Ford II brought Bunkie in as Ford VP in '68; Shinoda came along.

Didn't work out for either of them.

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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2015, 02:12:51 PM »
Thanx for all info, guys! :)
Is "The Great Camaro" by Michael Lamm the best book overall for correct info regarding the 1 gen Camaro history?
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2015, 05:04:45 PM »
The book is not exclusively 1st Gens; 2nd gen is covered as well. It was published in 1978 so some of the people and history behind the car from concept through production were available. Lamms' book is the reason the VINs for the 1st 25 production '67 Z/28s are known. Someone at Chevy [probably Vince Piggins] still had the dealer list and gave it to him when he was researching the book.

If you're looking for the story behind the Camaro it remains the best resource. If I were him I'd re-release it.

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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2015, 08:56:36 PM »
The book is not exclusively 1st Gens; 2nd gen is covered as well. It was published in 1978 so some of the people and history behind the car from concept through production were available. Lamms' book is the reason the VINs for the 1st 25 production '67 Z/28s are known. Someone at Chevy [probably Vince Piggins] still had the dealer list and gave it to him when he was researching the book.

If you're looking for the story behind the Camaro it remains the best resource. If I were him I'd re-release it.
Yupp, I realized that and found a NOS one on eBay for $49.99 and I bought it! :)
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2015, 09:13:35 PM »

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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2015, 10:48:04 PM »
Great book and a lot of real good information.
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2015, 06:39:27 AM »
Regards,
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2015, 09:11:10 AM »
Is this book that I've been looking for for years?
Is there pictures of Berger ZL1 # 3 when it was new and had COPO Paint on ZL2 hood?
I read a book a long time ago about the Camaro and tried to find it again.
What was interesting is that there are pictures of the cars when they were new.
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2015, 09:49:06 AM »
Is this book that I've been looking for for years?
Is there pictures of Berger ZL1 # 3 when it was new and had COPO Paint on ZL2 hood?
I read a book a long time ago about the Camaro and tried to find it again.
What was interesting is that there are pictures of the cars when they were new.
If you don't have it, just buy it Nikke! :) ...money is no object as u always says! :D
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Re: Responsible for the design of the 69 Camaro?
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2015, 09:57:44 AM »
I can steal yours.
A friend of mine building a copy of the ZL1 # 3 and I said that it had COPO Paint when it was new. Tried to find pictures but have not been able to found any on the net.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2015, 10:17:49 AM by Nikke »
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