Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Look, it's only a matter of time before the second-generation F-bodies start getting out-of-reach expensive, and if you're serious about your hardware, this solid-as-a-rock 1972 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 is probably the one to own. With a recently rebuilt and period-correct 402 V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a factory-spec restoration, it's one of the most dialed-in early 2nd generations we've featured in a long time.
1972 was a strike year at GM, with low production numbers across the board, particularly for the uber-popular Camaro. That's why many enthusiasts consider the 1972 Camaro to be the ultimate collector car in the Camaro lineup. Faithfully repainted in Mulsanne Blue (a vast upgrade over the factory Code 57 Golden Brown this car was born with), this is one cleanest second-gen Camaros we've come across in quite a long time, although to be fair, '72s don't hit the market all that often. It's an older paint job that's held up incredibly well through the years, offering expert prep work, super straight sheetmetal, sharp creases, and great panel alignment, all designed to turn heads up and down the street. All the styling cues that make these cars so popular year after year are there: the 3-piece ducktail spoiler, a chin spoiler, and the SS-spec blacked-out front grille and tail panel that totally make the look, and it's all presented exactly the way it would have been on the showroom floor in 1972. Actually, scratch that, because this car fits together nicer than anything coming out of a mass-production factory with scab replacements working the line. The SS package was a very desirable look in the early '70s, with a full bumper up front, and we're very happy that the restorers decided to forgo any fake striping or obnoxious decals, choosing instead to have the paint and bodywork do all the talking. Those chrome bumpers are in excellent condition, as is the grille, and all the correct 'SS' and '396' badges are in place right where they should be.
The interior is the always popular Code 775 Black vinyl, and it's all correctly done inside and looks fantastic on the sculpted high-back bucket seats. Plush black carpets insulate the cabin from road noise and the matching door panels are correct pieces that include pleated inserts to match the patterns on the seats. There's warm-looking burled walnut applique on the dash, which includes bright, clean, sharp factory instruments behind a standard SS steering wheel. A wide black-ball shifter atop the 4-speed manual lets everyone know that this SS396 was built for fun and even the original AM/FM radio remains in the dash, and it's remarkably fully operational. Factory A/C is huge plus in any classic car, and instantly raise the value of this '72, but it does need a service to blow cold again. If there are any demerits in this car, they're quite minor, like some slight wear and tear near the dash controls and light signs of use on the highly touched surfaces, but it's all quite impressive overall inside. And for show purposes, the trunk is fully outfitted with a reproduction mat and a correct jack set and full-sized spare tire that's a matching Firestone Wide Oval, a nice touch for all the purists out there.
As a real U-code SS396, this car packs one of the last big blocks to live in a factory F-body. It's a very close date-code correct block, which were designated and marketed as 402 V8s in the latter part of the year, but that's only for the numbers guys anyway. Finished 1,300 miles ago and to a level and presentation like the factory would have done, it moves just like you'd expect a high-revving torque factory to move. Chevy Orange on the block and valve covers looks vivid and bright and they added reproduction 396 decals to the chrome air cleaner for effect. All new components mean everything's ready to enjoy without a second thought, and will be so for years to come. The underside is very clean and incredibly solid, offering upgrades everywhere you look, and a new stainless exhaust system with proper transverse muffler outback sounds just like the factory intended. Power steering and power front disc brakes ensure a great ride every time out, and the 4-speed manual transmission shifts through all the gears like silk while spinning the 10-bolt rear end. Factory Rally wheels fit beautifully under the vintage Camaro SS bodywork and carry correct F70-14 Firestone Wide Oval bias-ply tires all around.
Offered for sale with period service manuals and the original owner's manual, this is an investment-grade 1972 SS396 that will only get more desirable in coming years. Call today!
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