1970 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe

It seems hard to justify the extra $75,000 to own #1, especially as there’s another #1 out there from the Norwood plant

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Introduced to the public on February 26, 1970, the 1970 Camaro series stayed in production for twelve years. This handsome design survived gas crises, “big bumper” redesigns, and emasculating emissions. Attesting to its popularity, the last year’s production in 1981 totaled 126,139 units, almost the same as the 1970 model year, when 124,901 cars were produced.

In all, Chevrolet built 1,936,869 second-generation Camaros, which makes the very first one an important automobile. Chevy had two production lines, and this car-L500001-was built in Van Nuys, California. It is the first of one of the longest lines of sports cars ever built. The other production line at Norwood, Ohio, is characterized with the prefix “N.”

The second generation Camaro was dramatically restyled, with a long nose, short deck, and square grille. This first car has a full-width front bumper over horizontal parking lights, as opposed to the half bumpers and round turn signals in the Rally Sport. It’s on the same 108-inch wheelbase as the earlier cars but is three inches longer overall. Plain, smooth sides lead to a blind C-pillar and Kamm tail with round taillights.

This 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe has just completed a comprehensive restoration, and has been repainted in its original classic white with a black vinyl roof and blue interior. It’s powered by its original 350-ci, 250-hp “NN” V8 with a 350 Turbo Hydramatic auto transmission. The original assembly sheet was salvaged and the car has its original options-air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, console, tinted glass, white letter tires, convenience lamps, pushbutton radio, windshield antenna, clock, custom seats, and deluxe interior.

Records indicate this Camaro Sport Coupe was originally a courtesy car in the regional test fleet, and it’s sure to be welcome at both concours and Chevrolet events as a centerpiece.

Jim Pickering

Jim Pickering - SCM Managing Editor

Jim grew up in a small neighborhood of car guys, so the bug bit him early, and rides in his neighbor’s over-powered street rods sealed the deal for good. His first car was a ’66 Caprice with a big-block Chevy—a car which landed him his first job as a mechanic after high school and through college, got him into drag racing, and much to the distress of his wife Kristina, caused his recent home search to take a full year—the Caprice is 19 feet long and gets parked inside. In addition to the Caprice, also maintains a 1972 Chevrolet K10 4x4 and a 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8.

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