1. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible

  2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible

  3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible

  4. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible

  5. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible

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Lot Number
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $65,000 - $85,000
CHASSIS NO: 124679N612496
• One-year-only option package
• 1 of 735 examples produced
• Desirable and rare four-speed manual transmission
• Legendary 396 big-block power

396 cid Mark IV V-8 engine, Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, 325 HP at 4,000 RPM, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 108”


Introduced for 1967, the Camaro proved to be an extremely successful gamble for Chevrolet and public demand continued unabated for 1968 and 1969, with careful refinements and detail changes making a great car even better. The year 1969 also marked the end of the line for the first-generation Camaro, which remains highly coveted today. With its virtually endless list of standard and optional features, high-performance powertrain choices, and iconic styling, the Camaro was a natural choice for pace-car duties at America’s top racing events. Most notably, the first-generation Camaro paced the 1967 Indianapolis ‘500’ and NASCAR’s signature race, the Daytona ‘500,’ in 1968 and 1969. Returning as the Official Pace Car for the 1969 Indianapolis 500 race and Festival celebrations, the Camaro was endowed with a high-visibility Dover White paint finish, matching convertible top, Z/28-style Hugger Orange stripes, and Orange Hounds tooth upholstery. Two specially-equipped Official Pace Cars were constructed, plus one show-car replica, to be presented to the winner of the venerable race. An additional 130 cars were produced to serve as support vehicles for the use of officials, VIPs, and journalists.

To further mark the accomplishment of pacing the race for the second time in just three years’ time, Chevrolet decided to produce and sell to the public an Official Pace Car Edition Camaro. Dealers could order RPO (Regular Production Order) Z11 and get a Camaro RS/SS in the same color combination as the pace and festival cars, plus the all-new ZL2 Cowl Induction hood. The base car came with the SS350 engine and three-speed manual transmission, but could be upgraded with the RPO L35 396 cubic-inch Turbo-Jet engine and choice of transmission. The bold “Official Pace Car” decals for the doors were shipped inside the car and allowed the choice of installation at the discretion of the Camaro’s buyer. According to the February 4, 1969 Chevrolet Product Bulletin that announced the availability of the Z11 Pace Car Edition package, “…we plan to build replicas of the Pace Car to be sent to nearly all of the 6,400 Chevrolet dealers across the country.” Ultimately, 3,764 examples were produced and sold at a suggested base price of $3,700. Since Chevrolet did not break out production numbers by engine size, it is estimated by Camaro enthusiasts and marque experts that about 735 of the Pace Car Edition were produced with the powerful 396 “big-block” engine option.

The car offered here delivers a rare opportunity to acquire and own a well-optioned, 396-powered 1969 ‘Pace Car’. The original owner of the car traded it for a new Camaro after just one year of ownership, but almost instantly came down with a case of the dreaded seller’s remorse. In their search for their former car, they tracked down the vehicle’s second owner and eventually managed to repurchase the car, making them both the first and third owner of this special Camaro. Having fulfilled a dream, they went on to retain and lovingly care for the Camaro for next 40 years prior to parting with it to the current consignor who has carried on with exceptional care. It’s pampered life has resulted in a solid, rust free example that retains much of its originality. The car received one repaint, prior to current ownership, and has subsequently been fitted with a new convertible top and interior. As expected, its optional 396-cid engine has all correct 1969 Camaro 396 casting numbers, and is mated to the as-ordered Muncie four-speed manual transmission resting in the optional console with gauge package. The consignor reports that consistent use has led to fine operation. Benefiting from instantly recognizable livery and careful ownership from new, this Camaro is poised for continued enjoyment.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 ‘Z11 Pace Car Edition’ Convertible
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