325 horsepower

1969 Rally Sport Camaro with a factory 396. This car would put out 325, 350 or 375 horsepower. This car is an automatic, but she still looks aggressive and fast. Note the rally striping and you can barely see where the cowl induction hood mates to the air cleaner. Nicely optioned car!

So this girl is similar to the one that stole my heart as a 16 year old boy in 1979.  My step dad and I were visiting local used car lots looking for my first car and a lady like this caught my eye and has had my heart in her hands ever since.

1969 Camaro Super Sport with the Rally Sport option, D90 striping, non-functional hood breathers, triple black, rally wheels.  The pictured car is a small block 350.  The one that stole my heart had a 396 big block, 325, 350 or 375 horsepower mated to a 4-speed and gauges on the console.  The only aftermarket product on her was a set of chrome traction bars peeking out from in front of the rear tires.

I wasn’t able to purchase her that day as 1) My stepdad said I’d probably get killed in her (and he was probably right) and 2) The asking price was $3,500 which was a pretty penny in 1979 for a 16 year old who bagged groceries for a living.

Maybe one day I can still fulfill that dream.

A 1969 Camaro Pace Car, pardon me while I drool. It’s a big block 396 car with an automatic, gauge cluster on the console, big block 396, rosewood steering wheel, big block 396, orange houndstooth interior… oh, did I mention it’s a big block 396? The owner wasn’t sure if it was a 325 or 350 horsepower. He was sure it wasn’t an L78 375 hp for what he paid for it. I could stare at this car all day!

A nicely optioned 1969 Super Sport big-block Camaro.  Triple green with the optional houndstooth (cloth) interior, vinyl roof, 396 cu/in motor (325, 350 or 375 horsepower), Z22 Rally Sport option, D90 striping and optional N66 rims.  (I didn’t see the transmission selection for this car.). Look at the shine on the paint!


A somewhat rare 1969 Camaro Super Sport that has the L78 396 cu/in with 375 factory horsepower. It’s mated to a Turbo-400 transmission. Optional gauge cluster on the console. D90 “hockey stick" striping and Chevrolet rally wheels. Most 396s came with 325 or 350 horsepower.