Camaros are easily the most popular car we sell here at Streetside Classics, and 1969 Camaros in particular are virtually impossible to keep in stock. So when this well-done 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS350 showed up a few days ago, we realized that it was yet another short-termer that's going to find a new home really quickly.
The medium red on the classic Camaro shape isn't quite a factory color, but nobody's going to argue that it doesn't look awesome. Has anybody ever complained about a red Camaro? Never! Fortunately, the workmanship is quite good, so the shiny paint works with super straight bodywork to offer a combination that truly stands out and someone was sweating the details when it was going together. A cowl-induction hood certainly helps and it's been treated to black Z/28 style stripes, one of three patterns available on early Camaros, with these being painted on and buried under the clear. Panel fit is quite good, with doors that close easily and a trunk lid spoiler that sits right and with those stripe stretching from nose to tail, there's really no place for shoddy workmanship to hide. Nice chrome bumpers, including a set of oversized rear bumper guards, look great against the red paint and correct SS emblems have been installed in the usual locations.
Black and white houndstooth is probably the coolest interior choice of the muscle car era and this Camaro wears it better than most. Accurate reproduction seat covers, complete with federally-mandated headrests, plus a cool custom center console with more houndstooth cloth make it look very neatly finished. A few woodgrained accents, including the steering wheel and center console, add some warmth while the door panels and carpets are recent replacements. SS350-logo floor mats help keep things looking fresh well into the future and a full complement of Dakota Digital instruments, including a tach and auxiliary gauges, make it complete. The 4-speed manual gearbox is topped by a Hurst linkage and cue ball knob, while the original AM radio is even still in the dash, so there's room to upgrade if you want or just leave it stock. The trunk is nicely outfitted with black carpets that add a consistent feel to the build.
A 350 cubic inch ZZ5 crate motor is a welcome sight under the Camaro's cowl-induction hood. It's clear that big money was spent here, with the engine offering 400 real-world horsepower, a 4-bolt main block, forged crank, roller cam, and fast-burn heads with oversized valves. A big Holley 4-barrel carburetor on a Bowtie intake and HEI distributor make it go and it's been nicely detailed with plenty of chrome and aluminum. There's a serpentine belt drive system for reliability and easy service, while a newer dual reservoir mater cylinder powers the front disc brakes. The Muncie 4-speed and 10-bolt rear end were rebuilt at the same time, with the rear end carrying 3.42 gears on an Auburn limited slip. Long-tube headers feed a dual exhaust system, so it has that snarl that you've always appreciated. The undercarriage is sanitary with lots of satin black paint, so little things like the brake lines and hardware really stand out. Classic Cragar mags are a nice change from the usual Rallys and they carry 215/60/15 front and 255/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials for a performance look.
The cars that sell most rapidly are just like this: beautifully finished, fun to drive, great colors, and lots of options. Like I said, I don't think this one will last long, so call today!