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The Original No. 1 1967 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car will be up for auction as a "Main Attraction" at the Indy 2022 Mecum Auction held May 13-21, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It is LOT F135.1 

https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0522-502577/1967-chevrolet-camaro-rsss-pace-car-edition-convertible/

Here is the write up:

HIGHLIGHTS
The original 1967 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car driven by Mauri Rose 3 time Indy 500 winner

A.J. Foyt turned down this car as a prize for winning the race and it was used as a USAC pace car for the 1967 season

The reason for A.J. Foyt turning down the car at Indy was because it was not equipped with air conditioning or a power top

Highly original unrestored condition

Original paint, interior, drivetrain installed by GM Engineering division, exhaust, and door decals

One of two pace cars built at the Norwood factory as an L78 396/375 HP/4-speed and converted by Chevrolet Engineering to a L35 396/325 HP/Automatic for Pace Car duties

Documented with the original Protect-O-Plate showing L78 engine and Chevrolet Build Order No. 98168 detailing the L35/Automatic conversion prior to the race

The original title issued 1967 to Chevrolet Motor Division is still with the car

After the 1967 season, the car was sold to Dan Young Chevrolet (the dealership that prepared the 1967 pace cars and festival cars) with 12,000 miles

The car was displayed in the showroom of Dan Young Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Speedway Museum for many years

Balanced and Blueprinted 396 CI big-block V-8 engine capable of 375 HP

Engine block and heads stamped by GM Engineering Division

M40 automatic transmission

Special passenger grab handles and convertible boot snaps

Rear bumper flag holders and pace car flags

Ermine White paint with Bright Blue interior and White soft top

Blue nose stripe and pin striping

Rally wheels with Redline tires

Original flags and poles from the 1967 Indy 500 race

Original GM Engineering paperwork stating the different modifications done to the car

Magnafluxed and x-rayed components

Balanced and Blue printed

Red carpet invitational 50th Anniversary in 2017 Muscle car and Corvette Nationals

Cover of the Official Chevrolet Indy Pace car book

Five page article in The Complete Book of Chevrolet

Original pictures from race day 1967

Please note that this car is still on the original historic title. Should the new owner wish to drive the car on public roads, he or she must title the car in his or her name, which will require the surrender of the original historic title

Though Chevrolet has held the contract to provide pace cars for the Indianapolis 500 since 2002, the marque’s cars actually paced the Brickyard 12 times prior to that, starting in 1948, with a 6-cylinder Fleetmaster. The builder returned in 1955 with a V-8-powered Bel Air convertible, but it took another 12 years before a Bowtie would once again pace the field. In 1967, Chevrolet pulled out all the stops and built a pair of 1967 Camaro RS/SS convertibles to pace the history-making race, offering several other parade cars for the event as well. In addition, the venerable company also built and sold approximately 100 pace car edition vehicles to the general public. Amazingly, this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Indy 500 Pace Car is one of the two original vehicles built for on-track pace car duties.

As has been the case with most cars built to pace the Indianapolis 500, Chevrolet took great pains to make sure that the car would operate correctly, safely and without any errors. In other words, these pace cars were prepped to perfection. In the case of this particular machine, the preparation was taken to the extreme. This 1967 Camaro RS/SS was specially built by GM Engineering to perform its tasks without fail.

Originally built as an L78 396/375 HP 4-speed, this Camaro was one of two pace cars built at the Norwood factory and converted by GM Engineering for pace car duties. The original plan called for three cars, but just two were built: this car and an identical backup unit in case something happened to the main car.

This car was repowered with an L35 396/325 HP V-8, M40 Turbo 400 automatic and a 3.31-geared 12-bolt Positraction rear end. This made for a more docile, easier-to-drive powertrain in that stressful driving scenario, one that still had more than enough power to perform its assigned duties. All of the suspension parts used in the build were magnafluxed and X-rayed to ensure they were flawless before installation. The engine was also balanced and blueprinted to ensure its reliability.

Other additions performed by GM Engineering include the installation of special passenger grab handles and convertible boot snaps, rear bumper flag holders and pace car flags from the 1967 Indy 500 race, which remain with the car. A hood lock was also installed to thwart any would-be tampering.

This 1967 Camaro RS/SS Pace Car Convertible was driven by three-time Indy 500 winner Mauri Rose to pace that year's Indy 500, with Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman riding shotgun.  Everything went according to plan, except for the rain. The race was red-flagged after 18 laps and resumed the next day at lap 19, again with Rose at the wheel. A.J. Foyt took the checkered flag.

Nevertheless, all of the prep work paid off, as the car performed flawlessly under Rose's experienced hand, and Chevrolet received a fantastic opportunity to introduce its all-new Camaro to a worldwide television audience. In the days before the internet, this telecast was a top-tier promotional platform. As it turned out, the rain gave Chevrolet a second day to promote its new pony car.

Interestingly, this car was intended to be presented to the winner of the 1967 Indy 500, A.J. Foyt, who won the race driving a Ford-powered Coyote. As it turned out, Foyt actually declined to accept the car. The official reason was because it was not equipped with air conditioning or a power top. The more likely reason was that he didn't want to upset his sponsor, Ford Motor Company, by accepting the new competitor to Ford’s Mustang. Jim Clark, the 1965 Indy 500 winner, driving a Ford-powered and sponsored Lotus, similarly declined the Plymouth Sport Fury convertible he was presented after his own win. After the conclusion of the race, this Camaro was repurposed and used as a USAC pace car for the 1967 season.
Once the 1967 season was completed, so was this pace car's tour of duty. After its retirement, the Camaro was sold by Chevrolet Motor Division to Dan Young Chevrolet, which was the dealership that prepared the 1967 pace cars and festival cars. At the time, the Camaro had 12,000 original miles. The car was displayed in the showroom of Dan Young Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Speedway Museum for many years.

The paperwork this car has leaves no doubt as to its provenance. In addition to the Protect-O-Plate showing the original as-built L78 engine and original GM Engineering paperwork documenting the work performed on the car, including Chevrolet Build Order No. 98168, which detailed the L35/M40 conversion prior to the race, this car also comes with its original title, issued in 1967 to Chevrolet Motor Division. This car is sold on a bill of sale.

This Indy Pace Car Camaro has been recognized in the collector car community numerous times, including for a red carpet invitational display of its 50th anniversary at the 2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, by serving as a cover image on “The Official Chevrolet Indy Pace Car Book, 1948-1990” by D.M. Crispino and John R. Hooper, and as the subject of a five-page article in “The Complete Book of Chevrolet” and in original pictures from race day in 1967.

The pace car remains in highly original, unrestored condition. It still wears its original Ermine White paint with bright blue interior and white soft top, blue nose stripe and pin striping, the original interior, door panels and Chevrolet Engineering-installed drivetrain and exhaust system. The block and heads feature non-production GM Engineering stampings. The Camaro also features Rally wheels with redline tires.

With a car such as this, the buyer is purchasing not only an extremely desirable collector car, but also a well-known piece of automotive history. This is the very car that the legendary three-time Indy winner Mauri Rose drove to pace the 1967 Indianapolis 500. This is the car that the editions offered to the public were built from. This is the 1967 Camaro RS/SS Convertible Pace Car.

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A white 1969 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible was used on the parade laps to carry a female VIP prior to the start of the 12th Annual Western North Carolina 500 NASCAR Grand National event held at the Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville, North Carolina on Sunday, August 24, 1969.  Notice that the car has white lettered tires on the front and white line tires on the back.  Also notice that the passenger side window and the two smaller side windows are still in the raised position even though the top is down.  The indicators on the front fenders for the fiber optic system can also be seen.

Bobby Isaac won the event in his 1969 Dodge Charger.

The pictures came from the UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library digital repository.  Click on the following links to use the magnification tools for extreme closeup details of each picture:

1) https://repository.charlotte.edu/islandora/object/motorsports%3A17691
2) https://repository.charlotte.edu/islandora/object/motorsports%3A17665
 

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A light colored, presumably white, 1969 Camaro SS 396 convertible was used as the pace car for the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Glen 500 Trans American race held at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, New York on Sunday, August 10, 1969.  Mark Donohue would be victorious in the event in his 1969 Penske Camaro Z28.

This might be the same car that was used as the pace car for the Six Hour Sports Car & Can Am events held the prior month in July but this 1969 Camaro SS 396 convertible is not the same car that is currently for sale as the "1969 Chevrolet Camaro U.S. Formula One Watkins Glen Grand Prix Pace Car"  That car was built in September of 1969, one month after the event depicted in these images.  (A thread on this car will be posted in the future.)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/albums/72157632997627147
 

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A 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible was used as the pace car for Les Trois Heures du Circuit SCCA Trans American race held at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. Jovite, Québec, Canada on Sunday, August 3, 1969.  Mark Donohue won the event in his Penske Camaro Z28. 

Although it is mistitled as "1968," footage of the 1969 event can be seen on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMU2G-1no-Y

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Multiple 1969 Camaro convertibles were used in official capacities during the Klondike 200 Canadian American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) event held at Edmonton Speedway Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, July 27, 1969.  A 1969 Camaro was the pace car for the event and dignitaries and drivers were paraded around the track prior to the race in at least ten 1969 Camaro convertibles.  Denny Hulme won the event in his Chevrolet powered McLaren M8B.

This cool advertisement for the event appeared in the Friday, July 25, 1969 issue of the Edmonton Journal newspaper.  Notice that a portion of it states, "...and Camaro pace car parade led by Sterling Moss..."  He was an ex-driver who travelled with the series and performed the pace car driving duties.  You can see him in the third image talking to Bruce McLaren from the drivers seat of what might have been the 1969 Camaro RS/SS 396 used as the pace car for the event.  Notice that this car appears to have wheel covers instead of the optional Rally Wheels.  Due to the lack of spectators, this image was taken prior to race day.

Images:
1/2: newspapers.com
3/4: http://miscellaneousphotographs.com/projects-and-galleries/the-klondike-200/

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Here is a photo showing a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible going down the dragstrip during the pre-race ceremonies with a woman on the back prior to a large NHRA sanctioned event at Maple Grove Drag-O-Way in Mohnton, Pennsylvania sometime during the racing season of 1969.  Notice that most of the people in the background are wearing pants, long sleeve shirts and jackets.  Either it was a cool day in the summer or possibly spring or fall.  Also notice the "USA-1" license plate on the front, the Uniroyal tires, the small Chevy bow-tie sticker above the rear wheel and the extremely poor fitting lower part of the door decal. 

I found the photo years ago on Ebay.

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I know its not the greatest picture but I found an image that possibly demonstrates that a white 1969 Camaro of some sort was used as the pace car for the USAC Champ Car Indy 200 held at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana on Sunday, July 27, 1969.  The event consisted of two 100 mile heats on the 2.5 mile road course portion of the facility.  Dan Gurney won Heat #1 in his Eagle Ford and Peter Revson won Heat #2 in his Brabham Repco. 

If you look at the very right side of the picture you can see the rear portion of a white pace car.  To me the squared off wheel well, the bumper position, the rear spoiler and what appears to be a Rally Wheel makes me think that it is the back end of a 1969 Camaro.  Since this track was owned by the same owners as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the time, it makes sense that this could be a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible being used as the pace car.  It might even be one of the actual pace cars that was used to pace the 1969 Indianapolis 500.

This is the only image showing the pace car for this event that I could find.  Hopefully another one emerges to confirm or disprove.

Click on the following link to use the magnification tools for this image here: https://library.revsinstitute.org/digital/custom/single-image?id=205054&collection=p17257coll1

 

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This color image shows that a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible was used as the pace car for the Thirteenth Annual National Modified Championship Races held on the half-mile dirt racetrack at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Sunday, July 27, 1969.  Notice that there is writing in a matching orange color on the passenger side door but unfortunately it is illegible.  The picture was taken after the final 50 lap race had been run.  Notice how dirty the car is from doing several laps around the dirt track pacing the seven events held at the track that day. 

Description and pictures of the event can be seen here: https://kansasracinghistory.com/Hutch_Nationals/Fair/27Jul1969.htm

Caption for this photo states: "Trophy Queen Janet Reimer and her attendants being escorted to the front straightaway on this afternoon for the trophy presentation.  Riding on the deck lid of the car was “Peanuts the Clown” portrayed this day by Tommy Madison...  Schrater family collection."

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A 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible was used in some official capacity at Orange County International Raceway (OCIR) in East Irvine, California sometime in July of 1969.  In this photo you can see the Camaro on the dragstrip with a couple of women sitting on the back.  It was probably taken prior to an event during the pre-race ceremonies.  This photograph has the date stamp of July 1969 indicating that it was developed sometime in July of 1969. 

I found it somewhere on Facebook a while back but I can not find it again so I'm not actually sure which Facebook group I found it on.  Nor am I sure what event it was taken at.  UPDATE: I found my notes on where I obtained the photo.  It came from the Memories of OCIR Facebook page.  Since I found it about a year ago the site has gone private.  That is why I couldn't find it again.  My notes also state that the person who posted the photo wrote that the event took place on July 20, 1969 and that it was sponsored by the Professional Dragster Association. 

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A white with blue interior 1969 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible was used as the pace car for the Volunteer 500 NASCAR Grand National event held at the Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, July 20, 1969.  David Pearson won the race in his 1969 Ford Torino Talladega.

An interesting side note, this is the same day as the Apollo 11 moon landing.

This is the same Camaro that was used at the track for multiple events and the car still exists.  See my other threads for details:
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=18306.0
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=18964.0

This first photo shows Linda Vaughn, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, riding in the back of the Camaro at the Bristol International Dragway.  You can tell that it is not the Bristol International Speedway because of the lettering on the wall behind the car.  See the third picture to match the way the lettering looks.  The photo must have been taken during one of the days of the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) Spring Nationals that took place June 7/8, 1969.  It was used to promote the upcoming NASCAR event.

1st/2nd photos: https://acmehpl.com/linda-vaughn-hurst-shifters/
3rd photo: https://tnsos.org/tsla/imagesearch/index.php 

 

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In July of 1969 a white 1969 Camaro SS 396 convertible was used as the pace car for a double header weekend of sports car racing held at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, New York.  An endurance race known as the Six Hours for the World Championship of Manufacturers was held on Saturday, July 12, 1969 and the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Canadian-American Challenge Cup race (Can-Am) took place on Sunday, July 13, 1969.  The driving pair of Jo Siffert and Brian Redman were victorious in the Six Hour event driving their Porsche 908/02 Spyder while Bruce McLaren won the Can-Am race in his McLaren M8B 2/Chevrolet. 

This white 1969 Camaro SS 396 convertible is not the same car that was used in some official capacity at the U.S. Grand Prix held at the track nine months earlier in October of 1968.  That particular car was  was optioned with the Rally Sport equipment.  This one is not a Rally Sport.  In addition, this 1969 Camaro SS convertible is not the same car that is currently for sale as the "1969 Chevrolet Camaro U.S. Formula One Watkins Glen Grand Prix Pace Car"  That car was built in September of 1969, two months after the events depicted in these images.  (A thread on this car will be posted in the future.)

These four pictures show the Camaro parked in front of the field of sports cars prior to the pace lap for the Six Hour event held on Saturday, July 12, 1969.  You can see it on the right side of each image.  They are attributed to Dave Friedman.  I found them about a decade ago but unfortunately the web site where they were located no longer exists. 

Click on the link to see footage of the start of the Six Hour event.  It's not very clear but you can see the 1969 Camaro SS convertible pace car entering the pits at the 12:22 mark in the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJpvsBpG0kQ   



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As so often happens, I was looking for images for another event but came across a couple of pictures that demonstrate that a 1968 Camaro Z28 RS was used as the pace car for the SCCA Marlboro Cup races held at Marlboro Speedway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland on Sunday, September 22, 1968.  There are many races in a national SCCA event like this featuring many different classes of racecars, so the Z28 was probably used as a pace car multiple times that day. 

Notice that there are two "pace car" flags attached to the back of the car.  While it is hard to tell if it has the Rally Stripes it does seem to be equipped with the larger 15" Rally Wheels.  In addition, the Rally Sport grill lacks "SS" identification.  This leads me to believe it is a Z28, although it does not seem to have the optional spoiler package or front bumper guards.

Click on the following links to see larger versions of the two photos:

1/2) https://marlborospeedway.org/?page_id=388#gallery/e247143afb500353fca08ee0ab395fca/538

3) https://marlborospeedway.org/?page_id=388#gallery/e247143afb500353fca08ee0ab395fca/541

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Check out these fantastic color films shot during the Trans Am races held at Marlboro Park Speedway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in both 1966 and 1967.  They were recently posted to Youtube by Brad Davis.

Marlboro Twelve Hour (August 14, 1966): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ud52MhRosA

Double 300 (August 12/13, 1967): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ij9eaomwE


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As was done for model year 1967 and 1968 Camaros, there were several contests, sweepstakes, games and raffles that gave away model year 1969 Camaros to those that participated.  This thread will document these giveaway model year 1969 Camaros through newspaper articles, advertisements, photos and memorabilia associated with each particular contest.  Through my research I have not only been able to find a copious amount of information about these sweepstakes, contests, games and raffles but in several cases I have been able to put names and faces to those who actually won the Camaros so many decades ago.

Perhaps you may remember a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or even yourself participating in or even winning one of these contests.  If so, please share your recollections.

Separate threads have been created for the first two 1st generation model year Camaro contests:
1967: http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=19195.0
1968: http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=19218.0

A good portion of the information was found at newspapers.com but I will identify the other digital newspaper repositories and other web sites where applicable.  To identify the particular newspaper, the publishing date and their location simply consult the file name under the image.

Enjoy!

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As was done for model year 1967 Camaros, there were several contests, sweepstakes, games and raffles that gave away model year 1968 Camaros to those that participated.  This thread will document these giveaway model year 1968 Camaros through newspaper articles, advertisements, photos and memorabilia associated with each particular contest.  Through my research I have not only been able to find a copious amount of information about these sweepstakes, contests, games and raffles but in several cases I have been able to put a name and sometimes a face to those who actually won them so many decades ago. 

Perhaps you may remember a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or even yourself participating in or even winning one of these contests.  If so, please share your recollections.

A separate thread has been created for 1967 model year Camaro contests, see it here: http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=19195.0
Stay tuned for a thread on 1969 model year Camaro contests.

A lot of what I will post was located at newspapers.com but I will identify the other digital newspaper repositories and other web sites where applicable.  To identify the particular newspaper, the date they were published and their location simply consult the file name under the image.

Enjoy!

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