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1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Racer

  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Racer
  • Current HSCC Vehicle Identity Form
  • Ground up 350cu.in V8 engine rebuild in 2014
  • £58,000 spent on the car 2012 to 2019
  • Road legal, taxed and ready to drive to and from the circuit
  • Exceptionally tractable and immense fun to drive in all conditions

MODEL HISTORY

On the 29th Sept 1966 GM introduced it’s answer to Ford‘s popular Mustang: The Camero. This American muscle car (and sister model Pontiac Firebird) were intended to bring the sports car driving experience to the average driver. As such, they featured a long bonnet, seating for four, and a all-in-one body construction with a separate front subframe. There were only 2 Camaro models, the Sport Coupe and the Convertible, and each could be built with no less than 60 factory options, 4 of which were just the engines. Engine choices ranged from the 250 cubic inch straight-six to the 396 V8.

Interestingly, the name “Z28” that is now and forever associated with the Chevy Camaro started out as a sales code for a “Special Performance Package”. GM codes all its options and accessories with a 3-digit alpha-numeric code. Option Z28 was offered only so that GM could certify these cars for stock racing. Included was a special 302 cu. in V8, made only for this application. Also part of the package was a heavy-duty radiator, uprated suspension, dual exhaust, 15″x6″ wheels, 3.73:1 Positraction rear axle, special stripes, and power front disc brakes. Only 600 models were sold with option Z28 in 1967, making them extremely rare collectibles today. Camaros were chosen as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 races in both 1967 and 1969. Camaro continued with minor changes for 1968 and 1969 while designers were hard at work on the 2nd generation models.

THIS MOTOR CAR

This early Camaro was imported from the States in 1992 and then sold to a Mr. Dixon who had the car race prepared for the Historic Sports Car Club series in which he competed from 1995 to 2010. The car was then sold in 2012 to a long-time historic racer who fancied something fun that he could also drive to the circuits in. He then took up Mr Dixon’s mantle in the HSCC where he raced from 2012 until the end of 2018 at which time he decided to hang up his helmet.

The current owner has kept the Camaro in good condition having the car restored and race prepared by muscle car specialist Martin Savill of Aldershot who has been racing them for 20+ years. Race and rebuilt costs of almost £60,000 have been spent on the car from 2012 to 2019.

This Camaro RS/SS has raced for the past 24 years in the HSCC and so is currently set up to qualify for that series with its accompanying HSCC Vehicle Identity Form. The car runs a period-correct 350cu.in small block V8 that was rebuilt from the ground up in 2014. The engine has Dart 2 heads, TRW pistons, Eagle forged steel crankshaft and Eagle I-Beam rods with competition XS 274S camshafts. It breathes through a Holley 750cu.ft/min carburetor and runs a compression ratio of 9.8:1. This is transmitted through a Muncie M22 ‘Rockcrusher’ close-ratio 4-speed gearbox that was re-cased in 2019. The rear diff is a LSD Hauser unit, the front is a Global West quick ratio steering box and the wheels are American Racing Torquthrust Ds all round with Avon 225/15 tyres. It has Chevrolet Corvette JIL8 brakes, discs at the front and drums at the rear. In 2014, as well as the engine being rebuilt, the car was fully re-wired and the front sub-frame was rebuilt.

The car is now offered for sale with The Classic Motor Hub and ready to be raced again by the next owner. This car is quick but very tractable and not the wild animal you might expect plus it is huge fun on the road as well. We highly recommend you come and to see the car in the flesh if you are interested in getting on the track next year as this car offers a wonderful opportunity to get into a well respected series without the need for trailers, tow vehicles and all the expense and hassle they cause.

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