In terms of second-generation Camaros, the L34 SS396 is probably the one to own. This is a real-deal L34 with its original, numbers-matching big block, and it has been comprehensively and professionally upgraded to make it one of the most potent resto-mods we’ve ever offered.
Experts know that basic black wasn’t available in 1970, but it certainly looks spectacular on this car. The result of dozens of hours of painstaking labor on a very clean, original car, the shiny black finish is what you usually see on top-level show cars, White SS stripes, a cowl-induction hood, and a small rear spoiler certainly help give this F-body an insanely predatory look, but it’s the paint that’ll really get you noticed. Hand-buffed last July, it has the look that you’ve always hoped your black car would have. Other things like the chrome bumpers, SS emblems, and even the glass, are all unmarked and ready for show, while the tri-bar headlights give it a modern, high-tech look that works quite nicely with that slick black paint.
The interior is all new and all spectacular. Everything was gutted, the steel was stripped bare and then sealed with POR-15, then every square inch was lined with Dyna-Mat to keep things cool and quiet. The seats were stripped to bare frames, sandblasted, rebuilt, and then reupholstered using memory foam and fresh reproduction seat covers, and there are new rubber-backed carpets and mats on the floor. The original gauges were all replaced with new OEM units, with a trio of auxiliary gauges cleverly integrated into the center A/C vents, but don’t worry, the system still blows cold thanks to some clever secondary vents under the dash. The steering wheel, dash pad, and door panels are also brand new and correct for this car, and all the weather-stripping is new. A Sony AM/FM/CD stereo head unit fits neatly in the center of the dash and all the bulbs are now LEDs so you’ll never have to disassemble the dash in search of a burned-out bulb. The attention to detail is simply astounding, right down to the beautifully upholstered trunk, which uses a custom embroidered carpet set and fiberglass panels to hide the Alpine amplifier, which gives it a very clean, uncluttered look.
In 1970, the L34 big block was the top dog and signaled the end of the muscle car era. Although it says 396 all over it, it’s actually a 402, and this is the original, numbers-matching block that’s been punched .030 oversize and completely rebuilt. There’s a 750 Holley up top, an HEI distributor for ignition, and lots of chrome dress-up, including the Edelbrock intake, valve covers, and the accessories. The Vintage Air A/C system was installed recently and blows ice cold thanks to four big fans keeping the various coolers chilled. Backed by a Muncie M22 4-speed, you don’t have to worry about breakage, especially with a 12-bolt Posi out back filled with 3.73 gears. There are new bearings, seals, brakes, a fresh clutch and flywheel, and new QA1 adjustable shocks at all four corners. The underside is nicely finished and intentionally kept low-key, which is just fine because those big Coys wheels with 225/40/18 front and 255/35/20 rear performance radials make quite a statement.
An incredibly well-built car with receipts and a pedigree, this is the second-generation Camaro that will set the curve for all the others that follow. Call today!