Re: Tough question for everyone.
While others have mentioned more 69's were produced than 67's or 68's, I don't think that's what determines appreciation rates. I think each of the three first generation Camaro's are special in different ways. The 67 was the first year, without it this thread and forum might not even exist. It will always hold a special value in my mind for being the first and what lead to such a successful product line. I think it's also special being the only year that had the butterfly windows in the doors.
The 68 was the same basic style as the 67 but with some minor design and style changes as well as some upgrades. There seem to me more "car people" fans of the 68 than the 67 or 69, and up here in the northeast, the 68's seem to be the most prevalent at most car shows and cruise nights. My first Camaro was a 68 so I have fond memories from that car and my experiences with it as well.
The 69 was a one year body style much different the the two previous years, some say the best year (I'm in that camp) as the lines just seem sleeker than the first two years. But as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just why GM only ran the 69 body style for one year I'll never understand, but it may something to do with why the 69 has been claimed as the most favorite Camaro body style of all of them.
My second Camaro was a 69 as well as my 3rd and current Camaro. Now as far as appreciating values, I think they are only determined in part by the year, there are so many other factors at play in value and appreciation that it's almost impossible in my opinion to absolutely nail it down. We each value different things for different reasons, some value resto-mods, others value originality. This is exactly why good ice cream vendors offer many different flavors, we each have different likes. I appreciate and value all three years but seeing as I only have space for one classic Camaro, a 69 occupies that space for me.
69 Camaro Z/28 RS, original Azure Turquoise, M21 & 3.73 12-bolt posi. NOM 406ci, AFR 210 heads, Straub hyd. roller cam & Dynatech 1-3/4" > 1-7/8" headers, QuickFuel 750 Annular. Photos at:
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