Matching Numbers 396: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Barns and garages aren’t the only places where interesting cars can pop out of the woodwork. The owner says that better than a rat-infested barn is a hangar at an airport, which is where this Camaro was found. The owner doesn’t specify how long the car has been sitting, but it appears that the period was long enough that the current owner is advising any buyer to go through the car and check it mechanically before it is considered to be roadworthy. If you are taken by the idea of having a big block Camaro survivor in your life, then this one is located in Thousand Oaks, California, and is listed for sale here on eBay.

I would really love to know how long this Camaro was sitting in that hangar for, and just why it was parked there in the first place. It is a solid looking car. there is no obvious visible rust, and the panels look as straight as an arrow. I believe that the car has undergone at least a partial repaint at some point in its past, as there is some evidence of overspray in several places.

This is one of a number of photos of the underside of the car, and it looks just as solid under here as everything does above. There is no rust to worry about, and if you examine the photo carefully, you can see some evidence of the spray drift that indicates a repaint. I’d probably want to do something about that park brake cable because I don’t envisage it having a particularly long life resting up against the exhaust like that. Speaking of the exhaust, it doesn’t look to be particularly old, and there’s also no evidence of major leaks under the car.

We get no information or photos of the Camaro’s interior, so let’s skip to the engine. Under the hood are a numbers-matching 396ci V8 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Sending the power to the road is a 12-bolt Posi rear with multi-leaf springs. The owner says that the only non-original components here are the intake, the carburetor, and the ignition. Not one to mess around, the owner did some basic work in a bid to kick this old girl back into life, and after a small amount of tinkering, it’s alive again. The engine starts and runs, and the owner says that it sounds great, and shows good oil pressure. He has driven the car around the block a few times, and he says that it drives quite well. He does suggest that the new owner give the entire car a mechanical once-over before hitting the road given the amount of time that it’s been sitting.

This Camaro appears to be quite a find, and it is a desirable car. I’m a self-confessed Ford man, but I wouldn’t mind finding this Camaro in my workshop. There are obviously a few people who feel the same way as I do because the early bidding in this auction has been close to a frenzy. There are 16 individuals who have bid, and between them, they have now submitted 47 bids. At the time of writing, this has pushed the price up to $22,100, and the reserve has not been met. This is an auction that could prove quite interesting and entertaining to watch. Is anyone going to join the bidding party?

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Comments

  1. Alex K

    Original colors on this car are Dover white, black roof and black houndstooth interior. Very nice color combo!

    Like 9
  2. stillrunners

    nice…….

    Like 3
  3. Keith

    Nice aftermarket exhaust & Flowmaster 40s…..wasn’t off the road for too long? Like the car though!

    Like 5
  4. Rhett

    Found my 73 Gran Sport in an airplane hanger in the Mojave desert..

    Like 35
    • TimS

      Give me two of these over another Resale Red Camaro any day.

      Like 9
    • David

      Sidepipes still on it? Have to say I like um on that.

      Like 7
      • Rhett

        Nope – had to take them off when they rusted out from the rats that were living in them. Thats about all I changed though, and run it hard to this day.. pic attached is from Hemmings Palooza last spring, where it beat the F-Bird 2 out of 3.

        All that said, I still think the Camaro is pretty sweet….

        Like 13
  5. Andre

    Man.. not much wrong with that. Nice car.

    Like 7
  6. Steve H Wilbur

    That Camaro is missing SS emblems on both fenders and the grill. Makes me wonder…..

    Like 1
  7. Troy s

    Mean looking machine. Even the first photo above.. flat tire, covered in dust this Camaro can’t hide its street charm!

    Like 2
  8. SS

    Note the valve covers – either somebody decided to “upgrade” to GM crate motor covers – or this ain’t the original motor eh’?

    Like 1
  9. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    Headers, big pipes, traction bars, Holley….

    Yep, we can guess what the owner was doing with this car, all right!

    Like 1
  10. George P

    This Looks Like A 1969 ZL-1 Clone and the Hood looks like it may have came off of a 69 Camaro SS/RS and The Paint Code Says This Came Out As Dover White

    Like 1
  11. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Ended: Jan 21, 2019 , 1:29PM
    Winning bid:US $32,200.00
    [ 74 bids ]

    Like 0

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