STRONG RUNNING 454 BIG BLOCK CHEVY, ORIGINAL CORTEZ SILVER CAR, 4 WHEEL DISCS
If you don't get hung up on things like matching numbers and factory specifications, there are some seriously nice cars to be had. Take this 1969 Camaro, for example. Originally a base model, it's now a big-block-powered Z/28 look-a-like that provides incredible fun without the inflated price tag. And isn't having fun what this is supposed to be all about?
This is an original code 69 Cortez Silver car and it's my personal favorite color. Understated yet representing performance at the highest levels, a silver car is easy to underestimate on the street. Finished quite nicely, it's a high-quality driver-grade car that doesn't get hung up on the esoterics of car collecting and instead just says, "Hey, let's go have some fun!" Black SS stripes give it the performance look that you've always wanted and a cowl induction hood with matching deck lid spoiler give it Z/28 credentials. Panel fit is above average, particularly for one of these cars, and aside from a few minor flaws, it's a car that will show quite well at the local cruise night. Nice chrome bumpers, some shiny stainless trim, and reproduction Z/28 badges give the car a very complete look that suggests someone was paying attention to the little stuff. There's also a recent black vinyl top that fits well and looks great.
The black interior is more highly detailed than we've come to expect from a lot of restorations, with high-quality reproduction seat covers that look fantastic. This was originally an X44 base car, so it's possible that the center console was added during the restoration, but back in the golden days of muscle cars, anything was possible. It is, however, no-frills inside, sticking to only the basics required for going fast and making the driver grin like an escaped convict. The woodgrained appliques on the center console warm up the all-black interior and the original gauges are in good condition save for an odd twist to the speedometer needle, which doesn't seem to affect its operation. Looking at the car's specifications, I'm pretty sure it was built for combat, which would also explain the radio and heater delete, although that also gives you the opportunity to put it together just the way you'd want it (it appears that this car was also optioned with factory A/C, which has also been removed). The trunk is nicely finished with correct spatter paint, and again, if it didn't help the car go faster, they left it off the spec sheet.
Going fast is easy with the giant 454 cubic inch V8 under the hood, and now you can see why the heater and A/C were removed: they needed the space! With chrome dress-up items, upgrades like a serpentine belt drive for the accessories, and a modern dual master cylinder, this is a nicely sorted Camaro that you can drive like a real car, not some fragile toy. An Offenhauser intake and Holley 4-barrel carburetor handle intake duties, while Hooker long-tube headers and a growling Flowmaster exhaust system provide the sound and fury. A quick-shifting TH400 3-speed automatic transmission powers a 10-bolt rear end with 3.73s and a Posi inside, so acceleration is downright brutal! Attractive Rally wheels are really the only smart choice on a car like this and carry fairly fresh white-letter radials.
Everyone wants a numbers-matching car, but did you ever think to wonder why? Forget about investments and values and focus on the fun that you should be having. I think you'll find this car does it better than most. Call today!
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