Pick of the Day: Custom ’69 Camaro ready for show and performance

The coupe was professionally built for display as well as competing in autocross

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The Camaro is painted in the glimmering shade of GM Arrival Blue

The Pick of the Day is a brilliant-blue custom 1969 Chevy Camaro RS ZL-1 described by the seller as “total show candy and the ultimate Pro Touring G-machine,” designating its high-performance intent.

“This is a true ‘Pro Touring’ car with proven autocross experience which is documented,” according to the Seekonk, Massachusetts, dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com. “This car was built with many high-end components to perform at a high level.

“This is the perfect show-and-go classic muscle car for a true driving enthusiast.”

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“The car is powered by a fuel-injected GM Performance ZL1 aluminum 489cid V8 rated at 625 horsepower yet runs on 91 octane pump gas,” the seller says in the ad description.  The powerplant is connected to a T-56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission.

The Camaro’s engine, built and blueprinted by Pettis Performance, “starts and runs like a small block,” the seller says, and is equipped with Brodix aluminum heads, a road-racing high-capacity oil pan and a custom pulley system, as well as an Accusump Oil accumulator system for pre-startup oiling, which avoids wear on the engine over time.

“This is an amazing engine for power and reliability,” the seller adds.

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The Camaro also has received extensive chassis, suspension and brake enhancements, the seller says, to improve ride and handling.  The Camaro stands on 18-inch front and 19-inch rear Budnik Shotgun wheels with Dunlop Direzza Z2 tires.

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The Camaro’s appearance matches its performance, the ad says.

“This car definitely has the pop factor that attracts a ton of attention,” the seller notes. The body is really straight and it has really nice gap lines throughout. The car has a new steel cowl hood, front spoiler, rear spoiler and ‘RS’-style headlight setup. The hood, doors and trunk lid close very nicely.

“The body was finished in GM Arrival Blue, which is a spectacular color especially on a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The body and paint work were completed by well-known Syndicate Automotive Concepts in California. The paint job is beautiful and show quality but not flawless. This car was completed roughly 10 years ago and has been driven almost 6,000 miles, so there are some minor imperfections.”

The lightly tinted glass is all new, and the emblems, trim and other details are new or restored, the dealer says, and the interior is equally impressive, with a mix of stock and custom applications.

The ad goes on at some length about all that went into this build, and it does sound like an impressive piece of custom Camaro.  The price tag is fairly lofty at $125,000, but this appears to be a truly special show/go machine that you couldn’t come near building professionally for that amount.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Sweet. Love 69′ Camaro’s but at $125K, Wow !! Resto-Mods are both a combination of good & bad. It is more of a personal choice & for this being a result of a 10 year build, it kind of makes me ponder. When it was completed, were we looking at a $250K build? With parts & the market price for consumers, that price tag for a top to bottom-front to back restoration or build is certainly not out of the possibility. Personally when someone sticks that kind of money into a car or truck, they really need to hang on to it for a while & enjoy it. I do not think that the owner is trying to recoup his loses on the car. I think it cost the owner between 100-200K for the build, he kept the Camaro for 10 years after the build, enjoying it. I really do feel he asking a fair price for the Camaro & over time the right person will pop up & gladly pay him for his pride & joy. Beautiful car inside & out.

  2. Shame on you for Calling this a ZL1 Camaro. it is not a ZL1Camaro ,Never was a ZL1 Camaro and never will be a ZL1 Camaro.it is a Camaro to which an aluminum 427 Block has been added with non-stock heads obviously a non-stock intake, cam and a non-stock induction system.These are not even Chevrolet parts they are all aftermarket. It also apparently has an aftermarket oil pan and although it doesn’t relate to Z01 designation it has a non-standard transmission. His car probably started out as a six cylinder Camaro that wasn’t worth restoring obviously as a six cylinder. It’s an insult to those Lucky owners who possess real, real ZL1 Camaro’s. And only those cars should be referred to that way. Again this is not even a 69 Camaro with ZL1 engine. At best it is a 69 Camaro with a 427 aluminum block, short block, or long block added to it. I doubt that this car has even one original ZL1 part on it.Quit cheapening the real stuff. This is an insult.

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