Everyone has their favorite muscle car, but it seems that the 1969 Camaro is a perennial favorite among a great many people. This particular RS/SS hardtop is a great example of why they’re so popular: big block power, awesome looks, and plenty of performance. Few cars of the era can do it better.
This isn’t a matching-numbers car or something with a pedigree, and there’s no shame in that. If you want investments, we have some that deserve your attention, but if you just want a clean, fast, and very appealing car to enjoy, well, sit down and hang on because this one really moves. They took a garden-variety Butternut Yellow Camaro, stripped it down, and refinished it in brilliant bright red paint to give it a proper high-visibility look. It was a fairly complete job, with all the trim removed and the car stripped down, because there’s no evidence of the original yellow paint. The deep, glossy finish looks fantastic, especially with contrasting black “hockey stick” stripes that were one of three styles available on SS models. Good panel gaps, a cowl-induction hood, and a pair of spoilers are little things that add up to a great look, and with a matching black vinyl top, it practically screams, “High performance!” The chrome bumpers appear to be new and as a big block car, it sports a correct blacked-out tail panel and SS badges where appropriate.
A pleasant surprise awaits inside, where you’ll find upgraded sport seats instead of the usual basic vinyl chairs, all recently refinished with correct reproduction covers. Nice door panels, new black carpets, and a lovely woodgrained steering wheel on a tilt column make it feel quite fresh inside. A center console is a desirable option and houses a proper 4-speed shift lever, complete with Hurst linkage and a chrome knob. They kept the factory look intact, so the instrument panel includes original gauges, although somewhere along the line, someone wisely installed an Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the original slot. The trunk is turned out properly as well, and offers a reproduction mat that hugs the contours of the trunk floor and has the correct plaid pattern on its surface.
The great thing about Camaros is that all kinds of big horsepower engines slip right into the engine bay. In this car’s case, it’s a 396 cubic inch V8 dressed in chrome valve covers, a hi-rise Edelbrock intake and 4-barrel carburetor, and long-tube headers, all of which add up to a torque curve as flat as Kansas. It’s quite clean in there, suggesting that the work is very recent and that the detailing was done while the car was apart, so everything looks tidy. The 4-speed hammers through the gears as fast as the 396 can spin, and a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end with 3.73s on a Posi make for explosive acceleration from rest. It appears that the power front disc brakes have been recently serviced and the awesome-sounding Flowmaster exhaust system sounds as spectacular as you’d think. The floors aren’t perfect, but you’ll be impressed by how clean this car is and the stance is just right thanks to 17-inch Ridler wheels and 235/45/17 front and 255/45/17 rear tires that look brand new.