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Lot 23

2013   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2013

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 RS/SS L89

SOLD $110,000

Estimate

$160,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

124379L501175

Car Highlights

One of Only 311 L89 Camaros Built in 1969
Delivered New to Ventura, California
Vivid Rallye Green and White Color Combination
Equipped with Rare Factory Options
Exacting High-Point Restoration
Offered with GM Protect-O-Plate

Technical Specs

396 CID OHV L89 V-8 Engine
Single Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor
375 BHP at 7,200 RPM
4-Speed Muncie M21 Manual Gearbox
Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
Independent Wishbone Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Of all of America’s great 1960s muscle machines, few are as universally loved as the 1969 Chevy Camaro, and this spectacular example checks all the boxes, combining the most rare and desirable factory options with a high-impact color scheme. This RS/SS is not only ideally optioned and highly original, but benefits from a premium restoration that has left it in stunning cosmetic condition.

Built in the first week of September 1968, this car was one of the earliest of the 1969 models, which went into production that month. As an early 1969 car, this Camaro displays several interesting changeover features from the 1968 design, most notably the shorter rear spoiler and the early 6,000/7,000 rpm tachometer.

Though this Camaro is equipped with numerous desirable factory options, including the rosewood steering wheel and console, power steering, AM/FM radio, Endura bumper, high-ratio 3.73:1 Posi-Traction rear end, heavy-duty radiator, and the Rally Sport and Super Sport trim packages, it is the car’s engine that truly commands respect. The mighty L89 was the most powerful RPO, or regular production option, available in 1969 according to official Chevrolet literature, and was fitted to just 311 examples. Developing 375 hp, the L89 was based on the big-block 396 V-8, but used an aluminum cylinder head to achieve 50 hp more than the standard version. At $711, the engine option was more than twice as expensive as the next best available motor.

Trimmed with an ivory houndstooth interior, the upper-level upholstery option for 1969, this Camaro was delivered for retail to Crawford Chevrolet in Ventura, California, and sold in December 1968. Discovered more recently by the consignor, the rare muscle machine was treated to a full restoration that has addressed every mechanical and cosmetic consideration. The car is now in a concours-ready state, still equipped with correct components, including the L89 engine, Muncie M21 transmission, original two-piece brake rotors, correct spiral shocks, and properly date-coded glass.

Refinished in the original livery of Rallye Green paint with SS stripes and a white vinyl roof over the houndstooth interior, this breathtaking Camaro RS/SS promises to rouse the spirit of the most tepid Sunday driver. It is accompanied by the original GM Protect-O-Plate warranty plate and would make an unbeatable cruiser for muscle car and hot rod nights, comfortably joining the finest American car corrals at discerning shows and events.