Rare Options

Bound for New Owner at Mecum

Larry Jewett - January 18, 2014 09:00 AM


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While first generation Camaros remain very popular, there are those that are highly desired because of their unique characteristics. Of the many choices on the 1969 Camaro’s extensive list of powertrain options, the rarest was the L89 aluminum head big block V-8.
Endowed with 11.0:1 compression, forged internals, solid lifter cam, and Holley four-barrel atop an aluminum intake, the L89’s high-flow aluminum heads unleashed additional horsepower and saved 75 pounds from the front end, vastly improving the car’s front/rear weight distribution for NHRA Super Stock racing. One of 311 produced and believed to be the only one with its particular combination of options, this rotisserie-restored L89 Camaro SS396 features another of the most sought-after options of the day - RPO JL8 four-wheel power disc brakes, which appeared on only 206 of the almost quarter-million Camaros sold that year.
Completed in 2013, this matching numbers example is finished in Tuxedo Black with Sport Stripe delete, Endura front bumper, front and rear spoilers and Z21 Style Trim Group. The Custom Black interior offers Soft Ray tinted glass, factory tach, Sport steering wheel, Deluxe seat belts with shoulder belts and AM radio. The engine, 4-speed transmission and 4.10 Positraction rear end are matching numbers, a feature repeated throughout the car in correctly date coded and numbered NOS parts and components. In February 2013, it earned 987 of 1,000 points, winning second place in the 1969 Trailered Restored Class, Best Engine and a Platinum Award at the Eckler’s Chevy Classic Orlando Nationals. Its impressive factory documentation includes the Protect-O-Plate, broadcast sheet, invoice sheet, window sticker, delivery checklist and owner's manual.
The Camaro is Lot S139 and will be sold on Saturday, January 25. Complete details can be found at

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Sat., Jan. 18  11 a.m.  Esquire Network
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