Looking for a new drag car for next year’s adventures? You may be in luck if you’re in the market for an all-Chevy affair that would return 11-second times on the strip.
Sitting before us is a great find for our Chevrolet Month coverage: a first-gen Camaro from 1969, prepped for the strip, and with a history of doing the quarter-mile in 10.99 seconds, at 122 mph (196 kph). Not with the stock engine, true, but still…
The Camaro, born as an SS back in its day, spent most of its life (around 40 years) in possession of the same owner. They didn’t use it solely as a daily driver, but as a race machine as well, hence the way in which the muscle has been prepped.
The vehicle in its current configuration is the result of several years of work. Described a “competition car,” it rocks a 427ci (7.0-liter) V8 sourced from a 1967 Corvette and now good for some 435 hp. And the looks match that description too.
The deep red on the body is highlighted by the wide black stripes running from front to back. There’s a Harwood hood with a large scoop on one end – the same producer was chosen to supply the doors, made of course from fiberglass to ensure some weight-saving. As you can see, the Camaro has a very imposing stance, and that is due to the rear drag shocks and leaf springs.
Inside, the racer sports bucket seats, a roll cage, and not much else – everything that was not necessary, down to the carpet, has been removed.
The Camaro is currently for sale, and the asking price is $28,900. As an interesting twist, the seller was kind enough to provide those interested with clues that could help people track down the Corvette that donated the engine, in case someone still has the body and chassis to match it. We’re told the engine came from “either Corvette 194377S112066 or Corvette 194677S112066.”