Saturday, January 8, 2022

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS L89 - $114k

Frame-off restored and recently refreshed. Matching numbers 396/375 HP V-8 engine. 1 of 311 produced with L89 aluminum heads. Correct winters aluminum intake. Holley 4346 4-barrel carburetor. Matching numbers M20 4-speed manual transmission. Matching numbers Positraction differential. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Chambered exhaust. Finished in extremely rare Azure Turquoise. Black bucket seat interior with center console.
There were two versions of the big-block 396-ci 375-hp engines offered for the 1969 Camaro: the L78 and the L89. The L78 used standard cast-iron cylinder heads, while the L89 featured aluminum heads. 311 of the lighter L89s were made, compared with 4,889 L78s. The heads shaved about 50 pounds of curb weight off the car’s nose, and that was an important factor for hardcore racers. The option was an expensive $710.95 — more than double the price of the L78 option.The L78 utilized a solid-lifter camshaft, forged-steel crankshaft, and forged, domed pistons building a compression ratio of 11.0:1. It likely produced 425 hp and not the touted 375hp.

The icon brought $114k at Mecum.