Buried treasure, diamond in the rough, forgotten gems… whatever you want to call classic musclecars that have been rediscovered by enthusiasts, it’s good to know there are people who care to rescue these cars. They’ve been found in fields, barns, people’s front yards, and even abandoned gas stations. It seems that new ones pop up every day.
We recently heard from our friends over at Barn Finds about this ’69 Camaro SS 396 that was found on eBay. When it was new, the original owner ordered it as an L34 396ci./350hp example that was backed by the TH400. Looking over this car’s build sheet, it quickly becomes quite clear that this Camaro was ordered with drag racing in mind.
It literally has no power features, not even a radio, and the only two options the Camaro was equipped with when it left the Van Nuys, CA, assembly line is the 4.10 final drive gears and the super rare VE3 endura front bumper. The legendary cowl induction hood was added by the original owner soon after delivery.
The best part? It’s only seen 500 miles since the time it left the factory 43 years ago. It had never been titled until 2007, and had never seen road use. Those 500 miles were all accumulated on the dragstrip. It even has the original T-3 headlights mounted in place.
The car comes complete with all of the paperwork documenting it’s authenticity, including the Protect-O-Plate, original keys, and even the original owner’s Winternationals trophy and racing helmet! The current owner has had it in his possession for several years. Unfortunately, he changed the locks, and changed the engine to a 1969-spec 427 and the transmission to a TKO600. The original drivetrain is no longer available.
He doesn’t specify if the original running gear is what was in the car when he bought it, but if it was, we have to sort of wonder why he would swap it out and get rid of it. We’re performance enthusiasts like anyone else, but when it comes to an all-original car with only 500 miles on it, it’s like a proverbial slap to the forehead to do such a thing.
The Camaro is currently located in Souther California, where it’s lived most of it’s life. So it’ll make for a solid foundation in which the new owner can either restore or build upon. There’s many more pictures on the eBay page, and you can check them out by going here.