Chevrolet Camaro SS Indy Pace Car Convertible
Chevrolet RPO (Regular Production Option) Z11 is “Indy 500 Pace Car Accents,” which basically created the orange-striped Z28 hood and deck lid stripe for the Indy pace car replicas. The Z11 option cost just $36.90 but required a slew of options: white convertible top, spoiler, deluxe seatbelts, Rally wheels, cowl induction hood, Rally Sport, Super Sport, and custom orange Houndstooth cloth interior.
Although every pace car is an SS, this particular pace car SS did not come with SS stripes. Every pace car was also an RS, which explains the presence of the vacuum-operated doors over the headlights. They open and close with a switch but also permit limited lighting to pass through the closed doors.
Any 1969 Camaro with the SS package is highly collectible. Add the RS option and the car further increases in desirability. Add the pace car package to the mix and the car becomes even more interesting. What Milton Robson did was seek out an SS/RS pace car with the top-of-the-line 375-horsepower 396 backed by the most desirable muscle car four-speed manual transmission.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
375 bhp, 396 cu. in. L78 big block V-8, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, 12-bolt rear axle, Rally wheels. Wheelbase: 108"
Source: RM Auctions
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