Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
There aren't many cars that say high performance better than a bright red 1st generation Camaro. This particular 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Tribute features a punchy 350 V8 small block, sizzling paint, lots of upgrades, and a comfortable factory A/C interior. If you've been searching for a clean Camaro that runs great, looks awesome, and is daily-driver friendly, this may be your car.
This striking Camaro was originally code 65 Olympic Gold, but somewhere along the line it was restored and treated to an upgraded coat of shiny Garnet Red (or at the very least, a close facsimile to that correct '69 Camaro shade). Workmanship is very nicely done, so the body lines up well, gaps are good, and a cowl induction hood has been fitted in true SS fashion, complete with contrasting black hockey stick stripes that slash down the profiles; honestly, early Camaros just look naked without them. And just for good measure, it also got a chin spoiler up front and a ducktail spoiler on the decklid, just in case you didn't notice this was a fast F-body. With X44 on the original trim tag denoting that this couldn't have ever been a real SS, the former owner still chose to enhance the look of this original V8 base model. So you get the SS-style grille up front, along with the foglights below and 'SS' badges exactly where they should be on the car, but there's no overkill. It all just look right, and with that wicked stance and jaw-dropping curb appeal it has a pure performance look. It's not a perfect paint job, but a very strong driver-quality finish nonetheless, and a buff-and-wax over a weekend could easily restore some former glory if you wanted to swing for some of the bigger trophies at your local car show. Chrome is nice throughout, including the nicely finished front and rear bumpers, as well as the polished trim around the windshield, in the rear quarter panel "gills", and the length of the rocker panels. There's no question this is a handsome car.
Inside, you'll discover a tastefully restored black vinyl interior that's a perfect complement to the red-hot bodywork. The center console houses a custom B&M shifter for the automatic transmission and the deluxe seat covers front and back are in great shape, with no visible defects to report. Fresh black door panels play perfect endcaps, while the matching black dash is crack-free and full of original gauges ahead of the driver. There's also a thick, black-rimmed steering wheel anchoring the cockpit, original Astro Ventilation in the stock positions (this is a factory A/C car by all accounts, although the system does need a recharge to blow cold again), and frankly it's kind of refreshing not to see some aftermarket instruments stuck underneath. Plush black carpets, warm woodgrain on the center console, and a taut headliner all work together to create a classic Camaro look that's simultaneously without overboard frills, yet still ultra-cool. There is, however, an aftermarket JVC AM/FM/CD stereo in the factory dash slot, and with seatbelts fore and aft there's actually a modicum of safety inside as well. Newer weather-stripping cuts down on wind noise and rattles, and gives the car a quality feel, while out back the spatter-painted trunk easily has enough room to account for weekend travel plans.
Power comes from a reliable and powerful 350 cubic inch V8 that has plenty of pop to move this relatively lightweight F-Body with ease. The engine bay is close to stock with a couple of extra shiny bits, ranging from the Edelbrock air cleaner to the Chevrolet chrome valve covers to the Chevrolet Orange engine enamel on the block itself. A polished Edelbrock intake carries a matching Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, the ignition comes by an HEI distributor, and stock-style exhaust manifolds at the flanks look right at home. Pretty enough to show off with pride, it runs great like all finely tuned small block Chevys, and you shouldn't be afraid to drive this one because it's been fully sorted. Underneath, you'll find a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission, a Flowmaster dual exhaust system, and a 10-bolt rear end with an upgraded cover. Also note the upgraded tubular A-arms and thick sway bar in the front, newer shocks at the corners, and power steering and power front disc brakes that all work together to give this '69 fantastic road manners. The finishing touch is a killer set of black-and-chrome US Mag wheels wearing staggered 245/40/17 front and 285/35/18 performance radials that set the wicked stance.
Some of our favorite cars are those that seamlessly blend OEM components from several generations into one well-built whole. 1969 Camaros never stick around for long, so give us a call today!
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