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Title: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 07, 2020, 03:05:25 PM
I'm no expert on Dick Harrell Camaro's but I don't ever recall seeing a 1969 Harrell Camaro with a 454 in it.  I've seen the original green 1970 Harrell Camaro with the 454 in it but I don't know anything about a 1969.  I think these pictures might have been taken at a photo shoot for a magazine article that appeared in the April 1970 issue of Car Craft but I'm not absolutely sure.  If they were taken at the same time as the photos for the article, I believe the time frame would be late 1969 or very early in 1970.  The article talks about how the weather was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the new 1970 Camaro was not yet available to the public.  In addition, the number "69" appears on the license plates.  Notice the stripes, emblems and rear wing not normally seen on Harrell cars.  Please share if you know more info. 

These photos came from the Petersen Automotive Digitization Project: https://archive.petersen.org/pages/home.php  (search "1970 Dick Harrell")
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 07, 2020, 03:06:58 PM
more from the Petersen...
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 07, 2020, 03:07:55 PM
a few more from the Petersen...
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 07, 2020, 03:12:42 PM
Here is the article that appeared in the April 1970 edition of Car Craft magazine.  Perhaps the 1969 Camaro with the 454 was photographed at the same time the El Camino and Nova were being photographed for the story?

Cover came from ebay

Article photos came from a 20 year old thread on the Supercar Registry forum: https://www.yenko.net/forum/showthread.php?p=660498
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 07, 2020, 03:13:47 PM
more from the article...
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 07, 2020, 03:22:01 PM
The original starter of the thread on the Supercar Registry site mentioned, "I wish I did have more pictures of the Nova..."

Here are a couple more photos of the Gold Nova.  Perhaps they have never seen these first two.  They are from the Petersen. 

The third is well known now.  It came from here: https://www.gmmgregistry.com/dick-harrell/

The fourth is a cropped version of the third.
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: crossboss on February 07, 2020, 04:36:27 PM
Its an interesting Camaro, no question. Notice the Yenko-ish stripes and the GTO Judge rear wing. Im sure Chevrolet was intending on a potential install of the upcoming 454 engine at some point in the Camaro for street dominance. Too bad it never happened on a production car. Either way, 1969 was an interesting year for all makes and models. Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: 169INDY on February 07, 2020, 05:48:52 PM
I was under the impression the LS6 WAS intended for install in the F body for 1970 but it was cancelled.

Great photos to surface!
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: bcmiller on February 07, 2020, 07:54:35 PM
Cool. Thanks for posting this.
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: cook_dw on February 07, 2020, 08:12:14 PM
Interesting that the Camaro or Nova is sporting a 10 bolt! 
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: MO on February 08, 2020, 12:05:28 AM
Great post!
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: bcmiller on February 08, 2020, 11:42:08 AM
Interesting that the Camaro or Nova is sporting a 10 bolt! 

Which photo or text shows that?
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: ZLP955 on February 08, 2020, 12:14:53 PM
The N66 wheel option was dropped in January 1969. But that doesn't tighten up the timeframe for those photos, as that style of wheel popped up on cars at GM media events much later, and were used on other models.
Great pictures and article!
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: cook_dw on February 08, 2020, 01:32:25 PM
Interesting that the Camaro or Nova is sporting a 10 bolt! 

Which photo or text shows that?


(https://www.yenko.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=158069&stc=1&d=1581104264)
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: 68L30 on February 08, 2020, 03:12:35 PM
Its an interesting Camaro, no question. Notice the Yenko-ish stripes and the GTO Judge rear wing. Im sure Chevrolet was intending on a potential install of the upcoming 454 engine at some point in the Camaro for street dominance. Too bad it never happened on a production car. Either way, 1969 was an interesting year for all makes and models. Thanks for posting!

Rear wing is made by American Racing...


Steve
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: bcmiller on February 08, 2020, 04:12:30 PM
Interesting that the Camaro or Nova is sporting a 10 bolt! 

Which photo or text shows that?

(https://www.yenko.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=158069&stc=1&d=1581104264)

Ok, the Nova was a small block car, not even an SS.
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: cook_dw on February 08, 2020, 10:48:32 PM
Ok, the Nova was a small car, not even an SS.


I am aware what the nova was. I just meant it was interesting that they didnít upgrade the diff but since itís an auto probably wasnít a concern.  And your welcome.   ;)
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: KurtS on February 09, 2020, 05:33:42 AM
That spoiler also came on one of Harrell's COPOs, IIRC.
Thanks Darrell for that picture. Nice vintage shot - notice how dark the springs are.
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: bcmiller on February 09, 2020, 07:50:56 AM
Ok, the Nova was a small block car, not even an SS.

I am aware what the nova was. I just meant it was interesting that they didnít upgrade the diff but since itís an auto probably wasnít a concern.  And your welcome.   ;)

OK but I was just going by what you typed, which seemed to be unclear which car it was. Thanks for the pic. It seems to be a larger view than what was originally posted in the thread. Where is it from?

Interesting that the Camaro or Nova is sporting a 10 bolt!
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: cook_dw on February 09, 2020, 03:07:55 PM
Ok, the Nova was a small block car, not even an SS.

I am aware what the nova was. I just meant it was interesting that they didnít upgrade the diff but since itís an auto probably wasnít a concern.  And your welcome.   ;)

OK but I was just going by what you typed, which seemed to be unclear which car it was. Thanks for the pic. It seems to be a larger view than what was originally posted in the thread. Where is it from?

Interesting that the Camaro or Nova is sporting a 10 bolt!


Right. My comment was that I wasnít 100% certain which car the diff shot was from but the Nova was a low horse sb and one would assume the diff  was from the Nova but I didnít wanna make a statement without 100% proof.  All photos came from the Petersen Archive.
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: JoeC on February 10, 2020, 01:12:55 PM
great photos

the 69 Camaro looks like it may have been a COPO 427 with that hood and silver grill and bow tie emblems ?

maybe Harrell swapped out the shortblock to make it a 454?

interesting they used a Thermoquad carb and Hurst products and that spoiler
all items that Harrell did ads for



Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 28, 2020, 05:04:57 PM
Found a few more pictures of the Harrell Nova 454 at the Petersen Automotive Museum Digitization Project.  Search "1970 Kansas City International Raceway" to find them here: https://archive.petersen.org/pages/home.php
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: SMKZ28 on February 28, 2020, 05:06:24 PM
two more...
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: MO on March 01, 2020, 03:49:10 AM
Awesome Scott!
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: firstgenaddict on March 01, 2020, 01:33:13 PM
There was a posting 10-15 years ago on Yenko.net of a Silver 69 Harrell Camaro with the same spoiler and the stripe in black on the side...
Title: Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
Post by: group/7 on March 01, 2020, 04:12:53 PM
Scott, great stuff and research as always  8)

Those wheels on the Nova are Kelsey Hayes "Strippers" they are rare today.

Mike