Iconic Pony Car Is Fan Favorite for 100-Year-Old Automaker
Online PR News – 27-September-2011 – – MANCHESTER, N.H. – Picking the best Chevrolet of all time is no easy feat, but as part of its hundredth anniversary, the automaker recently set out to do just that. Calling on Chevy fans, the bowtie brand presented a number of choices from its past and present, ranging from the 1936 Suburban to the 2011 Volt currently available at Chevy dealerships. After four rounds of voting, the 1969 Chevy Camaro emerged victorious, proving that muscle still has pull with Chevy enthusiasts.
Chevrolet presented 16 vehicles from its history for fans to vote on, and nearly 125,000 Chevy fans cast their votes. The final round matched the 1969 Camaro against the 1970 Chevelle SS, with the Camaro taking the win. Other candidates in the competition included the 1912 Classic Six, 1932 Deluxe Sport Roadster, 1948 Pickup, 1953 Corvette, 1957 Bel Air, 1962 Impala, 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, 1964 Malibu, 1969 K Blazer, 1989 Pickup, 2009 Corvette ZR1 and 2010 Camaro.
“Chevy fans are passionate about the brand and its cars, so their votes for the 1969 Camaro carry a lot of weight,” said Tony Dillberg, general manager of Quirk Chevrolet, a Manchester, New Hampshire Chevy dealer. “It’s even more impressive when you see that the winning Camaro earned more than 25,000 votes out of the nearly 125,000 cast. That’s an overwhelming win considering the number of vehicles on the ballot.”
Rated at 290 horsepower, but testing closer to 400, the 1969 Camaro was the last model to feature the car’s original design, and paced the Indianapolis 500 that year. It has since become an engrained part of American pop culture, appearing in several movies, including “Almost Famous” and “Better Off Dead.”
Chevrolet equipped the 1969 Camaro to compete with the best of the best, including features that are still included in the modern Chevy Camaro. The backside of the current-generation muscle car carries several cues from the iconic 1969 model, including the rising belt line over the rear fenders. Other nods to the Camaro’s history are the round headlights, a rectangular grille and side vents in front of the rear wheels.
Like its forbears, the current Camaro’s primary mission is to dominate the decades-long pony-car battle, and with that in mind Chevy is releasing the most-powerful Camaro ever in early 2012. Like the 1969 ZL1, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will feature innovative technology and immense power in an attractive package. An all-aluminum 6.2-liter supercharged V8 does the talking, producing 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque.
“With so much power on tap, the Camaro is able to show its taillights to anything with a blue oval on the hood,” Dillberg noted. “Chevy engineers weren’t horsing around when they designed the Camaro ZL1, and the proof is in the pudding. It does justice to the classic 1969 model even as it uses modern engineering to reach new levels of power and performance.”
About Quirk Chevrolet NH:
Located on Route 28 in Manchester, New Hampshire, minutes from I-93, Quirk Chevrolet has proudly served New Hampshire Chevy customers for more than 25 years. Their experienced sales and Chevy service staff works hard to build lifelong relationships with customers, and their extensive inventory includes an impression selection of new and used Chevrolet models. For more information, visit Quirk Chevrolet online at www.quirkchevynh.com, call them at 1-800-746-4787, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuirkChevroletNH or visit them at 1250 S. Willow Street in Manchester, N.H.