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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396-375hp L-89, Aluminum Heads, Fathom Green

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HISTORY OF THIS CAMARO

This Heartbeat City auction includes one survivor Fathom Green 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396-375hp L-89 Aluminum head car with 26,110 original miles. The original engine, transmission, and rear axle is the very same that General Motors installed in the car at the Norwood Ohio factory assembly plant in January of 1969. I have taken the time here to address as many details about the car as possible. These individual paragraphs are designed to help you understand each facet of the car.


The 1969 Camaro is one of the most sought after American muscle cars. This super rare all original Camaro is without doubt one of the most desirable of all the Camaros built in 1969. Chevrolet produced 311 factory built 396-375hp L-89 aluminum head 375 horsepower Camaros that year. The Pontiac Firebird, GTO, or even the TRANS-AM is not as desirable as the 1969 Chevrolet Camaros. I have many clients with large car collections consisting of the rarest and most desirable muscle cars such as the Shelby Cobra, Boss Mustang, and Chrysler's Hemi Cudas and Challengers.  One thing all of these collections have in common is the presence of a 1967, 1968 or 1969 Camaro Z/28, 427 Yenko, COPO or even a ZL-1. One cannot over emphasize the desirability of the 1969 Camaro. 


I found this Camaro in Novi Michigan back in 1994.  One of my friends told me about the car. I waited all week to go view the car.  Needless to say I was stunned at that time to find a car so original. It is not often that you find a car this rare and this original. I checked every casting number, casting date, and every last code. The only components I couldn't solve were the wheels. None of the wheels on the car are dated or coded for this car. I suspect the original wheels were the XT stamped steel base wheel. I never thought to ask any of the previous owners about the wheels that would have come on the car from the factory. In 1994 I wrote to the State of Michigan department of motor vehicles. At that time, they would furnish you with all the previous owners, titles, registrations both front and back, and ownership history. I still have the receipt for all the history and certificates from the state. Due to the Privacy Act, we no longer are permitted such luxuries.


I will give all the above documentation and related information to the winning bidder. Due to privacy issues, I cannot provide this information on the web. I have the letter one of the previous owners wrote to General Motors Corporation dated 1981. They indicated in the document that the car is a 396-375hp Camaro sold with Aluminum head RPO-L89. There are a lot of people who can't sleep at night if they don't have that original window sticker or protect-o-plate. The fact remains, that one must look at any given car based on its own merit, not the documents exclusively. You will be hard pressed to find a Camaro as rare and original as this car. Please study the ultra high definition close up pictures of the engine, transmission and rear axle build dates. You simply can't fake those pictures.

Factory Options:
1969 Camaro all original SS 396-375hp, L-89 Aluminum heads, 4 speed Muncie transmission,4.10 positraction rear end, standard black interior, fast ratio steering, front & rear spoiler package, heavy duty 4 core radiator, console with gauges, dash mounted 6000/7000 tachometer, center dash mounted clock, and rally wheels.

Engine:  396-375hp L-89 Aluminum Heads
The engine is the original Chevrolet Camaro is the high performance 396-375hp L-89 that General Motors installed in the car at the factory in 1969. The engine runs excellent and was rebuilt back in the early 1980s.  I have all receipts showing the work performed. I have the entire folder including all receipts from the beginning. The original engine pad stamping T1221JJ and original VIN number 19N575023 is still intact on the side of the engine block. The very last pictures in this auction show close up views of the engine VIN and Transmission VIN. This is not a re-stamped or bogus engine in any way shape or form. Please see the paragraph below for our letter of authenticity.

Transmission:  Muncie M-21
The transmission is the original Muncie that General Motors installed in the car at the factory in 1969. The build code on the side of the transmission is P9T28. This indicates the transmission was assembled on December 28th, 1969. This transmission is too early for the A, B, and C code designation. You can view close up pictures of these codes at the end of the pictures in the listing or by clicking my "ME" page

Rear Axle:   4.10 Positraction
The original rear axle is still in the car and has never been removed to my knowledge. The casting date on the housing is A-3-9. This means the housing was casted on January 3rd 1969. The assembly date is BV0108G1 E. The assembly date stamping means the rear axle was assembled on January 8th 1969 and the BV indicates a 4.10 gear ratio was installed. The G stands for Gear and Axle Plant. The “E” indicates Eaton for the positraction unit. Please see pictures for a close up view of the axle production date.

Body & Sheet metal
All body panels are genuine GM original parts. The floor pan, trunk pan, and rocker panels are all original GM and have not been replaced or patched. No sheet metal or body panels have ever been removed or replaced on this car.

Interior:  Standard black
The interior is the original standard black and the seat covers, door panels, carpet and most all trim are original.  The seat foams and seatbacks are original. Please see all pictures of the interior.  The steering wheel in crack free and still retains all of the original pebble grain on the edge of the wheel. The carpet was replaced a few years back.

Suspension:  Front & Rear
This Camaro still has all of the original front and rear suspension parts from the sub-frame bushings to the leaf springs. Nothing has been altered or changed in any way. I ever have the original front spiral shock absorbers.

I have taken the time to note each and every component on this ultra rare Camaro. Below is the entire list of each and every component and their date codes. I think it would be very difficult to locate such a Camaro in this original condition. If you want to restore a very rare Camaro, this is the car for you. No more parts searching, no more struggling to find that last piece.

I listed all the rare Camaro(s) built in 1969 and added up the production numbers. Here is what I found:

1969 ZL-1                   69 produced
1969 JL-8                   206 produced
1969 Yenko                201 produced
1969 COPO                500 produced (approximately)
1969 L-89                   311 produced
Total cars                   1,287 Rare High Performance 1969 Camaro(s )

If you look at the number above and think about how many cars were wrecked, destroyed, tubbed, or prepared for racing, you will understand there are very few cars left.  How many of those remaining cars are still in original condition with the original engine, transmission, rear end and all of their components?  My guess is less than 5%.  That’s only 60-65 cars.

I have always gotten the biggest kick out of attending a national car show whether it’s a Corvette or Camaro show.  You can go and view at least 300 plus cars. Guess what? The most unusual event occurs. The owners of all 300 or more cars will claim that their car has not only their original engines but their original transmissions and rear ends too. 
If you wish to see more pictures of this car, you can go to my “ME” page and click the link.

Dated Original Components
Engine block casting #3955272
Engine block pad build date T1221JJ
RH Cylinder head casting number #3919842
LH Cylinder head casting number #3919842
RH Cylinder head date: November 1968
LH Cylinder head date: November 1968
RH Exhaust manifold casting #3916178
LH Exhaust manifold casting #3909879
RH Exhaust manifold casting date L-21-8
LH Exhaust manifold casting date L-20-8
Intake manifold casting #3933163
Carburetor list #R-4346
Carburetor dated 8A3  8= 1968  A=December  3=third week
Carburetor GM #3959164GE (restored, re-colored, rebuilt, and re-installed)
Alternator #1100837
Alternator date code 8L23 Rebuilt and restored by John Pirkle back on the car
Starter 1108418   Starter is restored and in a box 
Starter date code A-2-9
Starter shield used original GM (rare)
Distributor #1111499
Distributor date code 8L8
Ignition coil original #293 embossed
Radiator dated H original Harrison 4 core curve neck
Horn relay #1115890
Voltage regulator 1119515  
Voltage regulator date 8K    NOS and furnished separately
Oil dipstick: original to the car with yellow tip and flat handle
Master cylinder casting #5468309
Master cylinder date code 340thday
Master still has the original mint cap
Brake booster 9204 original
Brake booster date code 356th day
Wiper motor original and functioning
Steering box (manual) 356th day
Transmission case casting #3925660
Transmission tail shaft #584
Transmission build date P9T28
P=Muncie, 9=year 1969, T=December, 28= Day of month 28th

Transmission VIN number 19N575023
Bell housing casting #3899621
Flywheel casting #3789733 K-18-9
Rear axle casting date A-3-9
Rear axle build date BV0108G1
BV=4.10 Positraction
0108= January 8th
G= Gear and Axle plant
1= 1st shift
Smog pump build date 352-8
Smog pump diverter valve #29297
Smog pump pulley #3932458DA
Smog system hose #3940937 used original and mint
Smog pump hose #3909940 used original and mint
Smog check valves 5361992 x 2 restored and replated
Smog tubes are mint original used with no damage
Smog pump hose clamps are all original and dated 1/69
Fuel pump (original to car) number on side 40528
Crankshaft pulley #3922291AB
Water pump pulley #3927824BV
Alternator pulley #1970831
Water pump casting #3931065
Water pump casting date K-15-8
Valve cover RH mint original
Valve cover LH mint original with outward indentation
Thermostat casting #3877660
Fan blade #3947772 Dated December 1968
Fan clutch #3946049 original
Radiator cap RC-15 restored original 69
Air cleaner assembly: original with silk screen still intact
Front disc brakes: all original with thick two piece rotors calipers (never apart)
Rear leaf springs:  Original 5 leaf springs and re-useable
Dated original windshield dated XV clear glass (never removed from car)
RH side glass dated CX clear glass
LH side glass dated XV clear glass
RH quarter window dated XV clear glass
LH quarter window dated CX clear glass
Rear windshield dated XA clear glass
Steering wheel: standard black with no cracks or damage
AM Radio: NOS
Dash speaker reconed and ready to install 
Bucket seats nice originals with no damage.
Rear seats: nice originals with no damage
Front door panels: nice originals, passenger side has a slight wave at the bottom
Rear side panels: mint originals
Headliner: mint original no damage
Sill plates: original riveted sill plates
Driver side outside mirror: nice original dated 11-8
Seatbelts: all dated originals
LH retractor dated 51-A-68
RH retractor dated 49-A-68
Inside driver side buckles dated 51-A-68 & 49-A-68
Inside passenger side buckles dated 49-A-68 & 49-A-68
LH shoulder belt dated 49-A-68
RH shoulder belt dated 49-A-68
Rear seat belt RH dated 49-A-68
Rear seat belt center dated 51-A-68
Rear seat belt LH dated 49-A-68
Headrest RH mint
Headrest LH mint
Tachometer: 6000/7000 mint original and working perfectly
In dash clock: mint original and working
Console with gauges: mint original and all gauges work properly
Hurst shifter original rebuilt, restored, and installed
Hurst shifter handle original re-chromed with #5325
Hurst original shifter rods & levers: original true BB shifter rods
Front spiral shock absorber: original used and nice with date code 285th-68
Front Spiral shock absorber: original used and nice with date code 285th-68
Rear shock absorber:  original used and nice with date code 349th-68
Rear shock absorber: NOS in the box with date code 023-69
Original T-3 headlamps: mint and still working in car, original to car
Original dated jack 8K, base, tire iron, rubber straps, U69 base & Jaw

NOS & RARE Parts Included with Camaro
Show quality re-chromed front bumper
Show quality re-chromed rear bumper
Show quality re-chromed rear bumperettes
NOS Genuine GM full quarter panels RH & LH
NOS Tires Goodyear F-70-14 RWL
NOS bumper bolts (10 pieces)
NOS front SS grille emblem GM#3958638
NOS rear SS tail panel emblem GM#8701110
NOS SS fender side letters (4) GM#3945759 X2
NOS rear tail light lens RH GM#5961568
NOS rear tail light lens LH GM#5961569
NOS rear bumper license plate light GM#911576
Show quality re-chromed quarter window chrome (pair)
Show quality re-chromed outer door handles (pair)
NOS door handle push buttons GM#9709600 X2
NOS door handle push button seals and gaskets GM#1154551 X2
NOS Camaro by Chevrolet trunk lid emblems GM#3916654
NOS Camaro by Chevrolet header panel emblem GM#3916654
NOS front fender Camaro emblems (2) GM#3916660
NOS front Standard grille GM#3957044
NOS rocker moldings (2) GM# 3904540
NOS passenger side quarter window weather strip GM#7707462
NOS driver side quarter window weather strip GM#7707463
NOS LH roof rail weather stripping GM#7719482
NOS RH roof rail weather stripping GM#7719483
NOS trunk weather stripping GM# flap torn off box
NOS cowl panel weather stripping GM#3927464
NOS door jamb rubber bumpers (4)
NOS hood side bumpers (2)
NOS inside trunk lid bumpers (2)
NOS sub-frame front large rubber cushions (2) GM#3928380
NOS sub-frame rear of frame small rubber cushions (2) GM#3901361
NOS sub-frame front & rear rubber donut cushions (4) GM#3914802
NOS radiator core support small bushings (2) GM#3893156
NOS radiator core support donut bushings (2) GM#3893159
NOS original GM fuel tank GM# 844
NOS original GM sending unit GM#6428845
NOS original GM battery tray GM# no part sticker
NOS original GM battery tray clamp GM#6270195
NOS rear leaf spring rubber pads (4) GM
NOS rear leaf spring U-bolts GM
NOS rear leaf spring Tall lock nuts GM
NOS door jamb switch 1 terminal GM
NOS door jamb switch 2 terminal GM
NOS LH long roof drip molding GM#7639407
NOS RH long roof drip molding GM#7639406
NOS LH roof drip molding cap GM
NOS RH roof drip pillar molding GM#7656811
NOS outer door weather strip felts (2) GM# 7729998
NOS outer RH quarter window weather strip felt GM#7725934
NOS outer LH quarter window weather strip felt GM#7725935
NOS inner door window felts (2) GM#7731200
NOS exhaust center hangers (2) GM#3930087
NOS exhaust tail pipe hanger RH GM#3964858
NOS exhaust tail pipe hanger LH GM#3965633
NOS exhaust clamps (8)
NOS exhaust dual inlet dual outlet muffler GM#3961396
NOS old gold backed original GM parking lamp assemblies (2) GM#916911
NOS washer pump GM #4913332 old off white colored nozzles
NOS oil filter with embossed lettering on the bottom GM#6438261 PF-25
NOS clutch pedal pad GM#3921643
NOS trim ring for pedal pads (2) GM#3932615

Letter of Authenticity:  Sworn Statement
Many Camaro(s) and other muscle cars are being sold out there on the open market with the buyer beware “as is” concept.  What many people do not understand is that the “AS IS” Law or Statement is that you cannot legally manufacture or alter a motor vehicle with the intention of fraud.  This means if you take a standard model 1969 Camaro body and install Z/28 or SS parts and other items on said vehicle, then re-stamp or deface the engine, engine codes or misrepresent the vehicle to fraud another prospective buyer, you can be guilty of a crime. That crime is called fraud or intent to fraud in many states. Please contact your attorney or your state Attorney General for your legal rights.


When attempting to purchase a Camaro such as the one listed in this eBay auction. Always ask for a sworn signed statement in writing. The statement we are including with the purchase of this Camaro will be as follows:

I agree to furnish the 1969 Camaro on this website as represented. I further agree that the following is true:


This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Vehicle number 1234379N575023 is an original 1969 body manufactured by General Motors Corporation in 1969. This is an authentic 1969 Chevrolet SS-396-375HP L-89. This is not a licensed GM Camaro body or a reproduction thereof. I have not in any way altered any the VIN numbers, The Trim Plate (tag) and I do not have any knowledge whatsoever of any re-stamped parts or the re-stamping of any VIN numbers on the Engine or Transmission. I state that the engine and transmission is the original engine and transmission General Motors installed in this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in the year 1969.
I further agree that no alterations have been made to this Camaro’s body with regards to changing any identification numbers or manufacturer’s codes.

Signed by seller________________________         Date_________________

Questions: 
Please feel free to inquire with any questions or concerns you may have. I will answer all questions honestly as possible. I will be happy to furnish any prospective buyers with any further photographs.  Anyone is welcome to come and see the Camaro by appointment at Heartbeat City. We are located in south eastern Michigan. We are approximately 30 miles north of the city of Detroit.

Payment:
A 1000.00 deposit will be required within 48 hours of the end of the auction. You are welcome to come and view the car and possibly test drive the vehicle. The only forms of payment will be money transfer or cash. Checks must clear our bank prior to the release of the Car.  There are no exceptions to this rule under any circumstances.

Delivery Options: 
We will assist you in any way to accommodate you with car carrier pick up and delivery services.  We are 45 minutes from the nearest Reliable Car Carrier depot in Michigan.  We are available for pick up 24 hours a day should your carrier need to pick up the car at any time.


Contact Information:
You are welcome to contact me at 586-226-8811 at Heartbeat City during our business hours of 11:00-7:00PM daily Eastern Standard Time. I will be happy to discuss any and all facets of the car with you. If I am unavailable during that time, I will return your phone call promptly.

Other business:
If you are asking questions not related to this auction, or you want to inquire about trades and other possible transactions, please do not ask them in the auction. Please refer other questions about our 6000 eBay parts on eBay to my personal email address. That address is Jim@heartbeatcity.net .

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