Finding a car is thrilling, but it is even more exciting when that old car has a history. That is why so many people seek out vintage race cars. They come with more than just service records. Reader James F just sent in a 1969 Camaro SS396 which has a very interesting past. Find it here on eBay out of Irvine California with bidding currently at $17,600.
This is what the car looked like when it was found by the seller. It had been sitting in someone’s backyard for quite some time. The tires were flat and the paint was oxidized, but perhaps there was more to this old Camaro. Racing slicks and some stickers gave the first clues of its past.
The interior was covered with a thin layer of dust, but underneath all that grim things looked surprisingly complete and in good condition.
An even thicker layer of dirt was found under the hood. A few more hints of this car’s past.
After a thorough cleaning this is what the car looks like today. It was made road worthy again and then some.
In the 80s the car lost its panel paint job as depicted in the first photo of this post. It was resprayed this blue color and the California sun has since had its way with it.
Turns out that this car was meant to be raced from the beginning and it did quite well in the NHRA. Since it was built to race, it never accumulated many miles, with only 500 on the clock. It was raced until 1992 before sitting for 15 years.
Sadly the original drive train is long gone, but we are sure this is more fun anyway. The seller installed a period 427 with a Tremec TKO600 five speed. Sounds like a great combination for daily driving.
Even Chip Foose checked out the car and liked it enough to draw it on the owner’s garage wall. Unfortunately, the wall is not included in the sale.
There is plenty of history to make this drag car interesting. Heck, even without all the history, it looks pretty good to us. The shabby old paint and the 427 under the hood make this backyard find stand out amongst a sea of common Camaros. A special thanks goes out to James for sending this one in.