1969 isn’t a year to tread lightly on. No pun intended. If you’re in the car hobby, chances are you’re well aware of 1969 and what that meant. If you’re still following along, there’s only one word that comes to mind when thoughts of 1969 come about. Camaro. After the Camaros debut in ’67 with a follow up in ’68, the Camaro grew a strong following in a short period of time. By 1969, the Camaro had reached the pinnacle of its career.
Now, it is the most sought after year for Camaro fans and restorers alike. There will be nothing like it again, ever. Thankfully, we have some wise fellows in the industry who love nothing more than to keep the Camaro alive. ’69 was also the year, buyer’s were able to choose from an army of engines. Of course, the most notable was the 375 horsepower 396ci. Moreover, consumers still had a choice of a 325- and 350-horsepower version as well.
In an effort to bring you the best of our digital content, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon this highly-prized Camaro on Muslce Car Report. So much so, we couldn’t help but bring it right to you.
Unfortunately, the high-horsepower 396ci versions are hard to come by. Not to be disappointed, though, even the smaller 350ci small-block made a healthy 300 horsepower with 380 pounds of twist. While this wasn’t a horsepower hero of the times, it still featured a dual-plane, cast iron manifold for great driveability mated to a Quadrajet carburetor. To squeeze atomized air and fuel, large cast iron heads handled that with 1.94-/1.50-inch intake/exhaust valves.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the restoration efforts of John Miller. Miller has a ’69 SS/RS Camaro, complete with the 350ci small-block, which made 300 horsepower. This is the Hugger Orange version, too, with both white body striping and white hardtop.
Miller purchased the Camaro in fair condition nearly four years ago. “A restoration was well on its way to completion when I got it,” he said. “I ended up finishing it, doing the detailing of the engine compartment and restoring the interior. All the sheet metal is original with the exception of the rear quarters.”
Miller went on to explain, “From the paperwork I have on the car, I think that it’s spent its whole life in Indiana. I’ve got an advertisement selling the car in the 1970s and it gave an Indiana address. The car was sold to the guy I bought it from, making me the third owner.
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