The 1969 Camaro SS remains one of the world’s most sought-after early performance cars. And because over 36,000 were built, SS lovers are still able to find them for sale. The less powerful SS cars can be had today for between $20,000-$60,000, while L78 models usually command higher prices. Here’s everything you need to know about that famous muscle car and one of the most highly modified ’69 Camaro SS on the planet!
Making The 1969 Camaro
There are three reasons why the 1969 Camaro became one of the most sought-after cars in history. Reason number one was because the ’69 model got a makeover that left it lower, wider, and more muscular than its predecessors. The fender’s streaked bodylines were cleaner, the front grille opening was larger, and the taillights were wider.
Those changes resulted in a more aggressive, streamlined look that ranks as one of the best car bodies ever made. Reason number two was Camaro’s affordable SS package. Checking off the Z27 SS package box gave you a 300-horse L48 350, but optional were a 325-horse L35 396, a 350-horse L34 396, and the popular, powerful 375-horse L78 396.
There’s definitely something to be said for keeping a Camaro SS completely stock. But some car enthusiasts think that a modified classic Camaro is way more fun—and Brad Gray may have the most radically modified ’69 Camaro SS on the planet. Back in 1996, Gray bought an ex-drag racer Pro Street ’69 Camaro. It was in bad shape, but in a little over a decade, Brad transformed it into the insane specimen you see here.
Gray first got it running, then he began a full build that mixed restoration and modification: the Pro Street Camaro got a race-ready suspension and drivetrain, massive rear meats with front skinnies, and a full rollcage. Then, with the body nice and straight, he sprayed on several coats of DuPont’s Porsche red. Michael Vandenburg from Sew Fine Upholstery installed an all-new tan leather interior, which perfectly complemented the bright red exterior.
The paint is mirror-perfect, as are the body panel gaps and the leather interior. But honestly, that mountain of a motor may be the world’s most gonzo engine. The punched-out, 454 big-block now displaces 468 cubes. But it’s the compound forced induction that really puts it over the edge: a massive 14-71 supercharger is flanked by twin 68mm turbos, which conspire to make 14 psi of boost. In the greatest example of automotive overkill ever, there’s also a 200-horse nitrous shot. Unfortunately, this mill has never been dyno or track-tested…yet. If it ever is, it’d be a four-digit power output.
So whether it’s fresh off the showroom floor, or modded in the wildest way possible, the ’69 Camaro SS will no question, continue to be one of the most important cars ever built.