The 1969 Camaro pace cars are unquestionably blue-chip investments.
But with fakes so easy to build and documentation so difficult to
come by, where do you start? Well, how about this extensively
documented pace car that is one of the 43 festival cars used at the
1969 Indianapolis 500? Conscientiously maintained and highly
documented, this is the investment-grade pace car you've been
waiting for, and it's ready to drive today.
The fact that these are perhaps the most outrageous looking of the '69 Camaros is not an accident. Pace cars have always been attention-grabbing machines, and the inverted Ermine White with Hugger Orange stripes give them a unique look that's recognizable from the Goodyear blimp. The car was repainted several years ago and the workmanship is exceptional; even the stripes are painted on, not decals! Although speaking of decals, the Official Pace Car decals on the doors were omitted, but they're inexpensive and could easily be added by the next owner. All the desirable gear is there, from the RS hidden headlights to the cowl-induction hood, and the SS stripes are complemented by a set of Hugger Orange pinstripes highlighting the fender lines. Reproduction SS and '350' badges were used to give it a factory-fresh look, and the bumpers are fresh chrome that looks better than new. This is a seriously nice car.
The other part of the pace car equation was, of course, the orange houndstooth interior which was unique to these models. While a love-it-or-hate-it proposition, the upholstery is part of the package and if you want a pace car, you'd better love it. Fortunately, loving it is easy when it looks this good, with most of this car's interior being original. That should give you an idea of how well-maintained this car really is. There's some fading on the seats, which is probably inevitable, but the rest looks extremely good. The door panels are bright and solid, the dash pad hasn't cracked in the sun, and you'll note that the carpets are protected by heavy rubber mats. All Festival cars were equipped with automatic transmissions, so the center console is fitted with a horseshoe shifter and both the AM/FM radio and even the clock are fully operational. The white power convertible top fits so well you're almost afraid to put it down, and there's a matching orange boot as well. The trunk features correct mats, a complete jack assembly, and what might just be the original spare tire.
That's not the original, numbers-matching 350 cubic inch V8, but that's just about the only part of the car that's not original. The engine bay is extremely accurate and things like the alternator, carburetor, and even the air cleaner assembly are original. As a high-end piece of muscle, they also spent a lot of time on the little stuff that makes a big difference, so fasteners, clamps, clips, and other little pieces are correct throughout the engine bay. New pieces include the shocks, gas tank, and the hoses, which are held in place by proper tower hose clamps. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission shifts beautifully and feeds the original 12-bolt rear, which is stashed ahead of the newer exhaust system with transverse muffler. The original, coded Rally wheels with reproduction F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas tires round out the package.
This car includes extensive documentation, lest you think it's just an interesting story. It also includes maintenance receipts and an owner's manual. In a world filled with fakes, this is one pace car you can buy with confidence. Call today!
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