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Saturday, January 9, 2016

1969 Camaro's, part 2: M2 Machines 1:24 1969 Camaro SS396




Next up is a Camaro that has some WRONG features, but either that is on purpose or not it has a hidden stealth feature.



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The casting is the same as the RS/SS, but now drenched in a color that looks a lot like the Carolina Blue, a color that was sold on some Chevy cars in only the North and South Carolina states, but the 1969 Camaro never had the color until 1970, so the actual color is Azure Turquoise.  The front has an eggcrate grille with round headlights, SS logo, signal lights, foglights, and lower chin spoiler.  The hood is the reverse cowl design with chrome hood pins to secure the hood.  The sides have the black hockey stripes, Camaro SS badges, and blue steel wheels with chrome hubcaps and white Goodyear lettering on the tires.  The rear taillights are the tri-bars without the horizontal bars, blacked-out valence panel with SS logo, rear spoiler, and dual exhausts below.  Oddly missing is the reverse lamps that would be with the taillights.  The trunk once again shows not much.




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The interior has the same steering wheel, gauges, and wood trim dashboard, but the auxiliary gauges are removed and replaced with the factory gauge package on the console that also has the wood trim and the 4-speed shifter in chrome.  The column shifter from the automatic still remains, though, and the chrome grab handles are gone, as is the two-tone seats.  The base shows the same details as before, and the wobbly wheel is now at the front this time.  Open the hood to reveal the surprise: it's not a 396, but the 427 CID V8 found in the COPO and Yenko Camaro's!  Talk about a sleeper motor!  The V8 is offered on the Corvette and on select Chevy vehicles, but to bypass the 400 CID engine at the factory only a request from Chevrolet Office Production Order line would make that possible.  The V8 produces up to 430 hp. and 460 Ib-ft. of torque through a 4-speed manual.  Take no prisoners!



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Yes, this car has quite a few incorrect details from the column shifter still remaining to the SS badge on a COPO car that still has the 327 hockey stripes when, in fact, it has the 427 motor.  Still, it's some unique piece of work.



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