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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Tribute - $52,995

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Stuffing a big block into just about anything is guaranteed to make for an entertaining ride. When it's a 1969 Camaro dressed in Butternut Yellow paint, countered with black SS stripes and a slick black interior, then you've really got something special. Built with an eye toward detail, this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Tribute gives a nod to one of the most potent muscle cars of all time, and it does so in a big way.

If you could have a vintage Camaro built any way you wanted, isn't this pretty much it? The bodywork is in good shape and there's no mistaking that fantastic '69 Camaro profile, arguable the best-looking F-body of all time. The slick Butternut Yellow paint isn't this car's original color (it was code 57 Fathom Green), but it is a factory-correct shade, and with those painted-on LeMans-style stripes on the hood and decklid turning the look up to 11, who can argue with the color change? A cowl-induction hood was added up front and a ducktail spoiler out back to act as sporty bookends, and the accompanying blacked-out SS grille and SS tail panel follow the same script. Fog-lights underneath that SS grille mean this Camaro looks predatory the second you lay eyes on it, although the black vinyl roof is a nice touch that adds a bit of grown-up sophistication. Even though Butternut Yellow is certainly a nice color, we agree that breaking it up with contrasting black was a bold move that absolutely worked, and even the addition of those thin 'hockey-stick' style decals at the profiles look cool. This Camaro is every bit a driver, which is just the way we like our muscle cars, and even though there are some imperfections, they are relatively minor and all but disappear when you step a couple feet back. When you're back there, take in all this Camaro's greatness, from the raked stance to the shiny brightwork that includes optional rear quarter 'gills', slick rocker panel trim, and glistening bumpers. 'SS' badges are in all the right places, and the '396' badges on the fenders preview the beast living underneath the cowl hood. It's not a perfect show-car, but rather a very solid, good-looking driver and when it's hammering down the road everyone will want to be the guy behind the wheel.

Black vinyl interior always looks elegant and sporty, and the workmanship is excellent throughout. The seats show only minor wear (no rips or tear, they're just older and have a few minor comfort marks) and are comfortable and supportive enough for long hauls, while the black dash, matching door panels, plush carpet, and headliner are very solid, again only showing some signs of age, not abuse. A wood-applique adorned center console features a horseshoe shifter for the sturdy TH400 3-speed automatic transmission underneath, along with a set of white-faced auxiliary gauges up ahead of it that look new. A vintage Bowtie steering wheel falls easily into the hands of the driver, and just beyond it the stock gauges in the original dash cluster really grasp the driver's attention. Options are fairly scarce in this no-frills cabin, there's no radio in the factory slot and the doors and windows are manually operated, and although there's no air conditioning either, by the looks of the stock controls and Astro Ventilation vents, this was indeed a factory A/C car. That alone makes it more valuable, and should the next owner want cold air and tunes, the upgrade would be fairly simple and not require any major surgery. The back seat barely looks used, and out back the surprisingly spacious trunk still carries its original blue plaid mat for a very honest look.

Spectacular is one word for the mammoth World Products Merlin III big block under the hood. The thing about these WP Merlin blocks is that without original paperwork (or short of opening the block to make measurements), it's difficult, if not impossible to correctly state the engine's correct displacement. These block were built-to-order and boast the ability to handle up to a reported 2,000 horsepower (although, after driving this one we can safely report a much lower horsepower rating in the 3-digit range), and even though the fender badges state '396', we just don't know the true cubic inch displacement. In all likelihood, it is in fact a 396 V8, but again we're not 100% sure even though we tracked down the last two registered owners. What we are sure of though is that it's an absolute burner with plenty of pop up and down the throttle, a terrific bumpy lope at idle, and a downright erotic sound further punctuated by the Flowmaster dual exhaust system below. The powerful motor takes no prisoners and has some impressive horsepower, thanks to a bunch of go-fast parts carefully selected by the builders. It's also just docile and easy enough to manage in real-world traffic thanks to Merlin heads, an aluminum performance intake, a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, GM-spec manifolds, an HEI system that lights it all up, and a big radiator that's assisted by a large electric fan to keep it cool. Beautifully dressed in polished valve covers and a chrome air cleaner, it pops out from the black inner fenders, and the Chevy Orange enamel on the block itself give the engine bay a period-correct look. Brand new power front disc brakes and a power steering system are up front to provide a pleasant driving experience, while the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission was fit with a TCI pan and spins the capable 10-bolt rear end out back. American Racing 'Old Style' Torque Thrust wheels provide a traditional muscle car look that work better than just about any other shoes, and they come wrapped in 215/65/15 front and 225/70/15 rear radials.

If you're looking for a weaponized Camaro, look no further. Big horsepower in a slick package, this '69 is a head-turner ready to tear up some asphalt. Call today!

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Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
Member Since April 2018
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76137
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