This could be the single coolest car for sale on eBay right now! When we first stumbled upon the ad that had the words Camaro and L88 in the title we assumed it was a project someone built as a clone or a “what if” type deal from the late 1960s. Being completely wrong about that, it was exciting to learn that this Camaro was a COPO delivered to Harry Mann Chevrolet of Los Angeles and then stuffed full of L88 Chevy big block. It was also equipped with the ultra rare “liquid tire chain” option which was designed for cars in cold weather climates to aid in traction by having two nozzles mounted above the rear tires that would shoot an ice melting type liquid onto said tires and keep the car from getting stuck. It became immediately apparent to hot rodders that they could use this as a mobile rolling bleach box for street racing and hence to option was cancelled before more than a few hundred were produced. This car has the setup on it. It also has no radio and no heater, a four speed, and another amazingly rare option which is four wheel disc brakes. According to the ad, only 201 1969 Camaros had these brakes installed on them at the factory.
The true star of the show here is the mighty 427ci L88 big block engine. This mill was only rated at 430hp from the factory in sort of a weird reverse psychology move. Priced above the 435hp L72 tri-power engine but “rated” at less horsepower, the L88 was a far more menacing beast than the hairy L72. It seems like GM wanted to keep most of these babies out of the hands of every day drivers and into the hands of hot rodders and racers who (a) could handle the power and (b) put it to use on race tracks and at the stoplight grand prix. The L88 differed from the L72 in the fact that it had aluminum heads and an aluminum high rise intake manifold topped with a Holley 850CFM carb. Most everything we have ever read says that the L88 is capable of making 600hp at about 6,500 RPM. This Camaro had to have been one of the fastest street cars in the country when it rolled off the lot at Harry Mann Chevrolet in 1969. Brutal!
The paint is flawless, the underside of the car is flawless, and the interior…you guessed it, perfect. The seller is looking for $175,000 for this car which is probably one of one (as far as Harry Mann cars go) and one of only a handful of correct, COPO dealer L88 cars in the world. Back about five or six years ago, this thing would have been selling for double what he is asking, we bet. This is an amazing car.
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