RS/SS, DATE CORRECT L78 396/375HP, CORRECT CODE 71 LEMANS BLUE, BEAUTIFUL RESTO
This 1969 Camaro RS/SS is not only gorgeous, but it also packs some serious blasting power under the hood in the form of an L78 396 cubic inch motor. Thanks to a comprehensive restoration, it's simply stunning inside and out, highly detailed for show, and outrageously fast.
The RS, or Rally Sport package was available on any Camaro, from the lowliest six-cylinder grocery-getter to the hairiest big block brawlers like this one. The most noteworthy feature, of course, is the hidden headlights, which give the front end a unique look that sets it apart from the standard '69 Camaros. Finished in original code 71 Lemans Blue with a white D90 stripe, it is both aggressive and instantly recognizable to anyone with even a passing familiarity with cars. Front and rear spoilers are, of course, a big part of the SS image, and the stock hood with chrome velocity stack inserts is, in my personal opinion, a lot cooler than any cowl induction setup. Finish quality is excellent and thanks to modern urethane paint, the paint shines like nothing they had in 1969. Much of the chrome was restored, too, and while there isn't a lot of bright trim on an early Camaro, the stainless pieces all took a trip under the polishing wheel before being reinstalled.
The black bucket seat interior is almost entirely new, with the current owner having spent a considerable amount of time and money to get it right. The front seats feature new seat covers, which are better detailed than most of the reproductions, but it's very possible that the rear bench is original and in remarkably good shape. The black carpets, headliner, dash pad, and even the rear package tray are all recently installed and look great. All the factory gauges all appear to be in very good original condition and Chevy totally nailed the center console with those white-faced auxiliary gauges and horseshoe shifter. Given this car's ambitious look, it's no surprise that even the stock AM radio was left in place, showing a dedication to getting the car right that you don't always see in early F-bodies.
Few engines get Camaro fans more excited than the mighty L78 396. Rated at a very stout 375 horsepower, this date-code-correct JH-code big block was rebuilt to stock specs and detailed like it would have been from the factory. It snarls and roars like the powerhouse it is, yet is tuned so well that you can drive it in traffic without concern. The chrome valve covers and air cleaner are factory-style eye candy for the potent big block, and with bright Chevy Orange paint it has a very correct look. The stock exhaust manifolds are coated so they'll look this good practically forever and you haven't lived until you've heard this beast breathing through a chambered exhaust system. The TH400 3-speed automatic and 3.73-geared 12-bolt are virtually indestructible, making this one of the nastiest point-and-shoot machines you can own. And there aren't any wheels on the market that look better than the factory 15-inch Rallys on this car, which wear a set of 225/60/15 BFGoodrich Comp T/A radials.
If you've been waiting for a big block Camaro that's done right, this is your opportunity to get one of the nicest we've seen in a long time. With an eye towards authenticity, it's a show car that you won't be afraid to drive. Call today!
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- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
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- Lemans Blue
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