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Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$

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On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$

I’ve covered the newer-end of the Camaros on sale at Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles auction at the Pheasant Run Resort, but no automotive scribe worth their salt could cover Camaros and not cover those born of its sweetest vintage, 1969.

So, here are that year’s finest fire-breathers, super-powered ’69 Camaros that feature the king of all Camaro motors, the mighty 427-cu.in. V8. Of the seven, only two are “genuine,” but great pains have been taken in constructing all of them to at least seem like they COULD be genuine (which I’m not sure is a good thing).

Still, at least here you’ll be able to see what a REAL Yenko or COPO Camaro will go for even in the face of some pretty convincing fakes. I’ll bet that a lot of 427 Camaro fans could overlook authenticity in favor of having the similar ass-kickitude—at a much cheaper price—in their driveways that these “clones” can provide.

What about you?...

F(riday)194: “1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Replica 427/430 HP”

“Built by S/S Motorsports in Sarasota, FL, this 1969 Camaro is a faithful replica of the rare ZL1. Over $150,000 was invested securing all the correctly coded components, including a period correct aluminum 427/430 HP engine with correct casting marks built to original ZL1 specifications. A cowl induction hood, front and rear spoilers and steel wheels painted to match its Daytona Yellow finish provide all the right visual cues, while an M21 4-speed and 12-bolt Positraction differential deliver the power to the ground in what is arguably the best ZL1 replica in the country.” If you’re looking to start fights in muscle car circles this is the car for you. First off, this car is a fake, no matter how well it was executed. In fact, the use of all these original/date-coded pieces makes it worse, as you’ve done nothing but make those bits harder to find—and more expensive—for anyone working on the real thing. Looks to me like a collection of valuable 427 Camaro parts that just happens also to be a car… More Info

S(aturday)102: “1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro 427/425 HP, 4-Speed”

“Certified by the COPO Connection and featured in the Supercar Registry in 2005, this Fathom Green 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro is well documented with the Yenko bill of sale, dealer transfer sheet and owner history to 1979. It is equipped with the potent L72 427/425 HP big block, 4-speed and 12-bolt rear end, all completely freshened along with the paint and interior. A black vinyl top, power steering and front disc brakes, Atlas wheels and front and rear spoilers complete this fine example of one of the most sought-after Camaros ever built.” Now we’re talking. Sure, it’s not in one of the more popular colors—we’ll see a few of those in a second—but it is undeniably, inescapably real. It’s been certified and documented and verified and all that, so buy this and know that chances are good that any other Yenko Camaros you see are fakes. Oh, and you can feel secure in your ability to shame their owners for copy-cattery. (And if you’re like me and like this deep, dark metallic green, so much the better...) More Info

S170: “1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427/425 HP, 4-Speed”

“Documented as one of approximately 80 COPO Camaros exported to Canada, this Cortez Silver 1969 coupe was purchased new at Holland Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Burlington, Ontario and has been frame-off restored to as-original condition. Under the ZL2 cowl induction hood, the mighty Corvette L72 427/425 HP engine heads up the 9561 equipment package, which also includes the M22 4-speed, BE code 4.10 rear end, power disc brakes and 4-core “curved neck” radiator, all original to the car. The standard Black interior is trimmed with the Z23 special interior package. Documentation includes vintage photographs, owner history and an album chronicling the car’s restoration.” Who knew the COPO Camaro bug bit our northern neighbors, too? Perhaps it was their proximity to Detroit. Well, here’s your chance to stick it to the Canucks by keeping this one in its rightful place, the Good Ol’ U.S. of Freaking-A! It’s not like they can even enjoy it, what with their even-worse weather and the metric system. So, let’s let them have one of the fakes instead and make sure this real-deal COPO stays south of the border. (Wait… Oh. South of THEIR border, I mean. Do NOT let Mexico have it either. Whew. That could have been AWK-ward....) More Info

S177: “1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Replica”

“Only 4 miles on a very complete and professional no expense spared nut and bolt restoration; Perfect Hugger Orange paint; Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission; Correct Goodyear polyglass tires; All new glass; Spotless underbody; Comes with a Delco energizer R59 battery in trunk; Power brakes; 12 bolt 4:11 rear end with sure grip.” You know that supposedly ancient saying that goes “May you get what you deserve”? Well, at the end of this car’s meager bullet-point description is the phrase, “This is about as good as it gets.” Talk about “truer words.” Yes, this very shiny and very orange car has what it takes to be one of the nicest fakes around. But that’s all it will EVER be. So I guess if you’re into driving past car shows or perhaps parking at them with your hood closed and your VIN covered, then this will do nicely. Hey, I’m just glad this LOOKS the part using re-pop parts and NOT valuable originals. They DID use only reproduction parts, right?... More Info

S202: “1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko Replica 427 CI, 4-Speed”

“X66 code body; 427 CI engine; New Garnet Red paint; Winters Snowflake intake manifold; Holley 4-barrel carb; Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission; 140 MPH speedometer; NOS Stewart Warner greenline tach; Torque Thrust D rims” If you haven’t noticed by now, there isn’t a whole heck of a lot you can say about a “clone” or “tribute” or whatever word makes the concept of “fake/copy/false” more palatable. Well, here it’s just a parts list to let you know that you could probably fool the average bear if you want to call it genuine. Oh, in case you were worried, the selling description also includes the helpful phrase, “Complete build”, so you can assume that the other tell-tales have been taken care of, too. By the way, did Yenko really offer that black-and-white and “Hound’s-tooth” upholstery? If so, he shouldn’t have… More Info

S208: “1969 Chevrolet Camaro 2-Door Hardtop 427/460HP, 4-Speed”

“Rotisserie restoration; Period correct Chevy 427/460 HP engine; Typical period correct hot rod improvements to the 427/460 HP Camaro Yenko/SC including valve covers, headers, exhaust, mag wheels and traction bars; M22 rock crusher 4-speed transmission; Power steering and brakes; Professional hidden sound system with CD and iPod adaptor.” Does a Yenko-ripoff by any other name stink as sweetly? Kudos on not using the Yenko name in your title; problem is, you used it EVERYWHERE ELSE. And stop with the “period correct”; there’s no amount of bleach in the world that can get your lie any whiter. You made a fake, so deal with it. Now, in the interest of fairness, I will say that Hugger Orange is my favorite 1969 Camaro color, though MY Yenko graphics would be white. Then, again, yours shouldn’t be there at all. Anyhoo, I’m sure that you have built a fearsome performer here, and if you had left the Yenko business off of it, you’d have one of the nicest souped-up ‘69s around. Note to new owner: sell that repro Yenko stuff and buy a tank of gas instead. I guarantee you’ll have LOTS more fun with FAR fewer headaches that way… More Info

S212: “1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Replica 427/430 HP, 4-Speed”

“A frame-off restoration and a full contingent of carefully chosen components have transformed this rust-free 1969 Camaro into a fantastic COPO replica featuring a newer casting all-aluminum big block 427 CI engine with correctly coded intake, carburetor and correct smog system. Finished in mirror-like Daytona Yellow with a cowl induction hood, the car also incorporates correct Goodyear Polyglas tires on color-matching 14-inch steel wheels, dog dish hubcaps, a heavy duty 4-speed with Hurst shifter, 4.10 rear axle, power steering and disc brakes and a black standard interior with factory tach and center mount fuel gauge.” And the circle is unbroken. Yes, kids, another yellow ZL1 clone, only this time with a vinyl top and pinstripes. Oh, and another black hole down which many historically-valuable parts have been tossed. I’ll be interested to see what percentage of the value of the real thing these mockups get at auction, and how that compares to what was paid to gather all these important bits in the first place. Granted, it probably makes the right noises, so maybe there’s value in that. How much value remains to be seen… More Info

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