1969 Chevrolet CamaroRS/SS 396 Sport Coupe
Year of manufacture1969
To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
$ 50,000 - $ 70,000 US
One of the most memorable rivalries in automotive history was the decades-long competition between Chevrolet’s Camaro and the Ford Mustang.
The Mustang was introduced in 1964; while its initial powerplant was far from being musclecar-worthy, the car’s popularity caught GM by surprise and grew exponentially with the introduction of the Boss 302, Mach I and Shelby models. GM could not afford to remain out of this burgeoning market segment, so Chevrolet created the Camaro for 1967. Engines ranged from a tame 230-cid six-cylinder to the thundering 396-cid big-block V-8. As with past Chevrolet models, the Super Sport designation signified additional horsepower and performance.
Based on the 396-cid V-8, the L78 396 Turbo-Jet featured a Holley four-barrel carburetor with a high-rise aluminum intake manifold in place of the Rochester unit, solid lifters, and a higher compression ratio for maximum performance. Rated from the factory at 375-hp and 415-lbs/ft of torque, L78 equipped Camaros were the most powerful examples an individual could buy off the lot this side of COPO cars.
Finished in Butternut Yellow with a yellow interior; the lines of the Camaro are well-defined and look fantastic. The Rally Sport (RS) portion of the package gives this car the desirable covered headlight option along with additional bright trim elements (Style Trim Group) and headlight washer. The SS portion included power steering and power brakes with front discs as standards. Bucket seats, center console, Sport Striping (“hockey stick” in style), subtle front and rear spoilers, radio, dual mirrors, Firestone tires and Rally wheels are also included in the presentation. Vintage brand air conditioning has been added. This Camaro coupe has been “frame-off restored” and maintained to a top-level condition. The L78 Camaros are among the most desirable of all Chevy musclecars.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 Sport Coupe