1969 RS/SS CAMARO COUPE
“Nut & Bolt’ Restoration to a High Standard
#’s matching 350/300hp 4-Speed, Factory Produced Cortez Silver / Black Vinyl Top, P/S, P/B, AM/FM, Disc Brakes
Totally Stock Configuration – A Truly Beautiful Example
1969 CAMARO RS/SS – HISTORY
This desirable ’69 Camaro comes to us from a current customer and as part of a collection of sports and high performance cars. When he acquired the car, it had recently undergone a meticulous and comprehensive restoration to bring it into its current condition. The Camaro has been properly stored in dry, Northern California and has recently had the benefit of minor work including a 4-wheel alignment, fresh battery, and needed serving/replacement of braking components. Not only is this numbers matching Camaro RS/SS in exceptional cosmetic condition having been completely restored to a high standard, it runs and drives equally as well.
Over the years, we have seen a large number of Camaro’s, many of which have been significantly modified or altered. This example is unique in that every effort has been made in the meticulous, comprehensive “Nut & Bolt” restoration to maintain the original configuration of the RS/SS. It is highly unusual that we see an example that has the original CA. emissions equipment, proper exhaust & manifold, carburetion, Bias Ply tires, and a host of other factory equipment. The cars VIN # and trim tag support its production as a desirable RS/SS and the cars engine number confirms the date codes and verifies it as an original, “numbers matching” engine, and factory produced 4-speed transmission. The Camaro is also fitted with a host of other options that improve its drivability, appearance and comfort.
THE NUMBERS DECODED
The VIN# and Cowl Trim tag numbers support an engine production date consistent with the build date of the Camaro and the engine codes as a factory produced 350/300 hp resulting in a numbers matching engine. Details are as follows:
VIN # 124379N622989
Decoding as follow: 1 / 2 / 4 / 3 / 7 / 9 / N / 622989
1 = Chevrolet
2 = Camaro
4 = V8
3 = Coupe
9 = 1969 model year
N = Produced in Norwood plant
622989 (Production sequence)
Trim Plate Data:
Build Date: 03D = March / 2nd Week
Paint Code: 69 = Cortez Silver
Trim Code: 711
Nor# 301200 (not VIN # and never matches…this is the body #)
Option Codes: X55 = DD350 (Rear Fender Louvers, black body sill)
Based on a list of available options, it appears as if this Camaro was fitted with the following additional options:
C06 – Vinyl roof cover, black (=$84.30)
L48 – 350 cid / 300 hp Turbo-fire V8 (standard on the SS)
M20 -4-Speed shifter including Hurst shifter (+$195.40)
J52 – Power front disc brakes (+$94.80)
N40 – Power steering including quick-ratio steering (+$64.25)
Z21 – Style trim group includes roof drip moldings, fender striping, simulated rear fender louvers, front & rear wheel opening moldings, black body sill, rear panel emblem, bright headlight and taillight accents (+$47.40
Z22 – Rally Sport Package (RS) – Includes special painted grill with concealed headlights, RS emblems on grill, steering wheel and rear panel, Rally Sport front nameplates, back-up lights below rear bumper (+$131.65)
Z27 – Camaro Super Sport package (SS) – Includes 300hp Turbo-fire 350cid engine with bright accents, power disc brakes, special hood, suspension and ornamentation, sport striping and hood insulation. (+$295.95)
D55 – Console: includes floor mounted shift lever, compartment, and ashtray (+$53.75)
N34 – Sport styled wood grain / plastic rim steering wheel (+$34.80)
U17 – Console instrumentation including: ammeter, tachometer, oil pressure, tachometer, low fuel warning
Z23 – Interior special – includes assist grip, bright pedal trim and wood grain wheel (+$17.95)
U69 – AM/FM push-button radio ($133.80)
U35 – Electric clock ($15.80)
V31 – Front bumper guards (+12.65)
V32 – Rear bumper guards (+$12.65)
N65 – Space saver spare & inflator
This Particular Camaro – Highlights
Frankly, the best way to describe this car is that it comes close to what it would have looked like in 1969 when it was delivered to its first owner. The investment in time and restoration costs is substantial this kind of end result. Particular attention was paid to ensuring that the car was kept stock, including the factory California emission equipment, Bias Ply tires, stock manifolds and exhaust, and a host of other details that separate this high level car from a “garage build,”, quick “flip,” or poorly constructed, modified Camaro. The lighting systems are fully functional including the hide-away headlights, turn signals and other lights including dash lights, interior lights and, even the clock works! The car was safety inspected within the past 100 miles and there were no issues identified.
Finding a modified 60’s muscle car is certainly not difficult. However, this example will appeal to a knowledgeable Camaro enthusiast who not only appreciates the value of a 1969 RS/SS, but one that has retained the numbers matching, date coded engine and other original components and a stock configuration. This Camaro RS/SS would make the perfect car for a muscle car collection, regular use as a very high end Camaro, or for use in shows or local events where it would certainly be the star of the show!
Condition Summary – 1969 Camaro RS/SS 4-Speed
Mechanically, the car is very strong and drives exceptionally well. The 350c.i 4-speed certainly does not disappoint delivers the kind of performance that we came to expect (and enjoy!) from the 1960’s muscle cars. Time behind the wheel, shifting this Hurst 4-speed, brings back wonderful times of a bygone era and makes you appreciate why these cars were so very special. It runs smoothly, without hesitation, has excellent power and is free from the leaking that we often see on this vintage car. The clutch engages properly and the shifter is properly adjusted and shifts exceptionally well. The brakes, recently serviced/replaced, stop the car straight and sure and the Camaro has a properly adjusted, functional e-brake. There is no unusual noise in the drive-line and the car steers well and the front end is free from excessive play.
The recent independent inspection gave the car a totally clean Bill of Health. Comments from an expert muscle car mechanic / enthusiast included: “This is an extremely well prepared, beautifully restored, rare ’69.” “it is unusual to see attention to detail that is seen on this car, including the stock smog equipment and overall originality…“I’d love to own this one!” Of course, the lighting systems and all other components are fully functional, including the hidden headlights, a feature only offered on the RS optioned Camaro. However, as a 1969, the Camaro is smog exempt in California. In fact, as a 44 years collector car, our experience suggests that it is exempt from smog in virtually every U.S. state and country.
It is difficult to describe the excellent condition or the cosmetics of this car and its originality. It is truly a “time warp” example that epitomizes the best of the best in late 60’s muscle cars.
In addition to being a beautifully restored car, this car will appeal to the muscle car / Camaro enthusiast who have one thing on their minds…..performance. In the most positive sense, this car epitomizes the no frills, higher performance 60’s muscle cars. that were not weighted down with heavy unnecessary options. After all, performance was the name of the 60’s and, in our humble opinion; this “L48” has just the right options (or more accurately lack of options!).
EXTERIOR PAINT / BODY / UNDERCARRIAGE
Rally Sport (RS) & Super Sport (SS) options
Beautiful color coded correct, factory Cortez paint with white Super Sport hockey stripes in exceptional condition
Straight, damage free body with no history or indication of panel replacement or frame damage
Excellent panel gaps, door, trunk, and hood fit
Totally clean front suspension components with only the slightest signs of patina – no indication that the car has seen inclement weather
Excellent, original exterior trim
Correct dual side view mirrors
Stainless wheel moldings
Beautiful chrome bumpers, stainless and rubber trim (all replaced during restoration)
Factory correct wheels with Bias Ply Firestone tires
Excellent glass & trim
Functional locks including trunk (Original keys)
Full console – 4- speed transmission
140mph, tachometer & dash mounted clock
Beautiful factory upholstery (front & back)
Factory AM/FM radio
Stock interior with Tach
Factory center mounted optional gauge cluster
GM seat belts (Front & rear)
Excellent carpet with “Camaro” mats
No dash cracks or damage (cloth sun cover included)
All windows operate perfectly
The undercarriage is immaculate and we see no signs of damage or repair
Incredible undercarriage that is totally free from rust, damage and even dirt / grease…has the appearance of a car that was just delivered (refer to photos)
ENGINE / DRIVE-LINE / WHEELS & TIRES
350 cid / 300 hp – 4bbl
4-Speed manual transmission
Firestone Wide-O-Oval Bias Ply tires
Proper dual exit exhaust system (as factory equipped) (with stock headers and exhaust
Highly detailed engine bay, immaculate underside, chassis & trunk
1969 CAMARO HISTORY
The 1969 Camaro carried over the previous year’s drivetrain and major mechanical components, but all-new sheet metal, except the hood and trunk lid, gave the car a substantially sportier look. The grille was redesigned with a heavy “V” cant and deeply inset headlights. New door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel also gave the car a much lower, wider, more aggressive look. This styling would serve for the 1969 model year only. Collectors often debate the merits of smooth, rounded lines of 1969 and 1968 model versus the heavily creased and sportier looks of the 1969.
LICENSE / REGISTRATION / INSPECTION
Clear transferable title
Currently licensed & registered in California
No smog required in California (vehicles 1975 and older are exempt)
DMV transfer fees and license/registration. Out-of-state buyers will be responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle and any local taxes/fees will be the purchaser’s responsibility to pay in their respective state. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the vehicle is delivered or driven in California and driven on California roads, sales-tax, license registration and transfer fees will be assessed per California law.
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