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For the 1969 model year, Chevrolet lowered the Camaro, made it wider and sleeker, and gave it a more aggressive appearance than the 1967 and 1968 model years. It also came with options. Lots of options.

Today, when you buy a new car from the dealer, the options are part of an overall package. In 1969, all 130 regular production options (RPO) available to the Camaro could be ordered a la carte.

Forget about simply choosing a trim package and paint color — those could be applied to any Camaro. Fifty-two years ago, customers had 12 different engines, 13 different transmissions and a seemingly endless amount of axle ratios from which to select.

To put that into context, if a customer wanted an SS Camaro, they could choose between three different 396 engines or opt for a 4-barrel 350. Want to go fast? No problem! A new Camaro could be equipped with a 302ci powered Z/28 with optional Corvette-type 4-wheel disc brakes and topped off with a cold-air hood.

The ability to obtain a new car that had been made to order from the factory gave the Camaro broad appeal. Though dealerships stocked showrooms with many identically optioned Camaros, in theory, thousands of the pony cars could have been built without any two of them being identical— and that’s only with the options publicly disclosed at the time.

Now that half a century has passed, and the automotive aftermarket is thriving, the possibilities are endless. Are you lost in all the options?

Start here: From an individual consigner, we have the 1969 Camaro, four different ways, each with its own unique character, and each selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, April 7-9, at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS

First up is a red and black 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS that retains many of its original parts. Per the VIN and date codes, this Camaro was built the first week of February 1969 at the Van Nuys, CA, assembly plant.

The car was ordered with a solid-lifter 302ci V8 engine paired to a 4-speed M21 Muncie manual transmission. As a bonus, the smog equipment is still in place, and the engine bay features the correct spring-ring battery cables as well as the correct clamps and hoses.

Performance options from the factory include its special engine, power disc brakes, power steering, Rally Sport equipment and spoiler equipment. Additional factory options include tinted glass, a center console, special instrumentation, an AM-FM radio, a tilt steering column and a deluxe interior with molded door panels.

A National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) shipping report shows that the car was sold at Cormier Chevrolet in Long Beach, CA. This Camaro includes a Jerry MacNeish Certificate of Authenticity.

1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28

The second 1969 Camaro is a restored Z/28 finished in the correct code 72 shade of Hugger Orange.

The car has been restored to its original factory specifications and is also certified by Jerry MacNeish. In addition to its bright orange paint with white racing stripes, the exterior showcases an Endura (sport) front bumper, Rally Sport hidden headlights, front and rear spoilers, and a fully functional cowl-induction hood — all of which were RPOs.

Correct Rally wheels with chrome center caps and trim rings wrapped in new BFGoodrich Radial T/A white-letter tires complete the look.

Under the hood, this Camaro was optioned with a professionally built DZ 302ci V8 engine, paired to a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission that sends power to the ground with a 12-bolt rear end equipped with posi-traction and 3.73 factory gears.

The engine bay features the correct aluminum snowflake intake, DZ carburetor, deep-groove pulleys and angle plug heads. Additional elements include power steering, power disc front brakes and BU-code performance exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers.

The interior features new black Deluxe Comfort Weave upholstery, deluxe door panels, center console with gauges and wood-grain trim, a Hurst shifter with chrome shift ball, a factory dash-mounted tachometer, a Comfort Grip steering wheel and original factory-date-coded GM seat belts.

1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE

Next in the group is a 1969 Camaro convertible with all the makings of a Resto-Mod.

Finished in Fathom Green with black accents, this custom Camaro features a modified stinger hood with modern ZL1 badging.

The convertible is powered by a fuel-injected Ram Jet engine backed by a TKO 600 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission and 12-bolt posi-traction rear end with 4.11 gears.

Exhaust is expelled via competition titanium Hooker

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: QUAD COUSINS: The 1969 Camaro, Four Ways – Selling With No Reserve In Palm Beach
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-1969-camaro-four-ways-selling-with-no-reserve-in-palm-beach/
Published Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2022 16:49:38 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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