Lot 5
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Indy 500 Pace Car Convertible


Selling on Wednesday

From The Chuck Morgan Estate Collection

CHASSIS NO: 124679N626925

• AACA Senior Grand National First Prize winner
• Documented and matching numbers throughout
• Triple award winner, twice, with the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America scoring 995/1000
• Long-term documented ownership and accurately restored in 1988

350 cid OHV V-8 engine, 300 HP, three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 108”

First introduced in 1967, the Camaro was Chevrolet’s answer to the wildly successful Ford Mustang. Based on the same long hood, short deck style of the Mustang, the two nearly matched each other feature-for-feature and option-to-option. Like the Mustang, which owed its origins to the compact Falcon, the Camaro had its roots in the compact Chevy II Nova. Chevrolet built 3,675 pace car replicas, RPO code Z11, to commemorate the second time the Camaro had paced the Indianapolis 500 in the three years since its introduction. Jim Rathman, the 1960 Indy winner, was chosen to pilot the pace car on race day. The 1969 models featured sharp new styling, including new grille, taillights, creases above the wheel openings, rectangular parking lights, bolder exterior stripes...and for the pace car convertibles, all painted Dover White and Hugger Orange with an equally striking orange and black houndstooth interior. It gave the car a most distinctive look not shared with anything else. When buyers chose RPO Code Z11, “Indy 500 Pace Car Accents,” certain options became mandatory, including D80 Spoiler Equipment, Z22 Rally Sport Package, and ZL2 Air Induction Hood. At $79, the extra-cost hood was developed from racing, which had shown Chevrolet engineers that the high-pressure area at the base of the windshield was an ideal place to feed cool air into the air cleaner and thus enhance performance. Standard was an L48 300-horsepower, 350 cubic-inch V-8, and roughly 80 percent of all cars, like this example, were equipped with the 350/300 V-8.

This highly documented and accurate Pace Car was owned by the original lady-owner from 1969-1985. She worked at a lumber company in central Illinois and simply drove it to and from work. She would park it and not drive it in the winter months. It would soon find itself purchased by noted restorer Don Hanley, who performed the comprehensive restoration that has been judged many times since and stands up well. Awards include AACA, Grand National 390/400, Vintage Chevrolet: Best of Show, Triple Award Winner-Vince Pickering Award twice (995/1000). This example is documented and truly numbers matching, with casting dates within two weeks of the build date. There are absolutely no body repairs evident, and the fit and finish remain exceptional, including immaculate paint and excellent chrome and trim. This genuine RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible is 1 of just 3,675 produced. It is finished in its original colors of Dover White with Hugger Orange striping and white top and is optioned with an original 272 correct-dated L34 396/350HP big-block engine backed to a Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed transmission and 12-bolt rear. This pace car is additionally equipped with convenience options, such as power disc brakes, center console, tachometer with special instrumentation gauges in console, Rallye wheels, deluxe custom houndstooth interior, front and rear spoilers, cowl-induction hood and, of course, the Z11 Indy 500 package. It has had an excellent restoration with great attention to detail using correct-style hoses, clamps and tires.

The Morgans had been on the hunt for a good example for some time, and with good reason. Mrs. Morgan had been a Princess in the Queen's Court in the 1969 Indy 500 in a '69 Pace Car Convertible. The condition, history and awards were the perfect fit and the car has been cherished and cared for since their acquisition in 2012. This limited-edition Indy 500 Pace Car has benefitted from thoughtful ownership and presents in excellent overall condition throughout. An excellent driving example for any tour or Concours events, this ’69 Camaro convertible is one of the most desirable built and will undoubtedly deliver plenty of performance and excitement for its next owners. Buy the best here in Scottsdale, and you’ll own a Camaro that is ideal for touring, club events, and any car show, and will certainly be a highlight of a Chevrolet collection.