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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Dickie Harrell Chevrolet Camaro

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Car: "Dickie Harrell" Camaro

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Known as "Mr. Chevrolet", Drag Racer Dickie Harrell ran a successful business converting Camaro's, Chevelle's and Nova's for some of the best known dealers like Yenko, Nickey and Fred Gibb Chevrolet. He performed 427 V8 conversions while juggling his racing career from coast to coast. This is one of 10 1969 Camaro's that was converted to a 427 V8.

What made it famous: In early 1969, Harrell ordered four COPO 9561 Camaros, all with automatic transmissions, to offerhis own version of the 427 Camaro. COPO 9561 supplied a 425hp/427ci L72 engine with a four-bolt main block, forged steel crank, mechanical camshaft, single-point aluminum distributor, and 11:1 forged aluminum pistons. A Holley 780-cfm carburetor with vacuum secondaries was mounted on an aluminum intake with an open element air cleaner with a chrome lid. The valve covers were also chromed. The L72 was making 450 horsepower when the Dick Harrell badge was affixed to the left-hand valve cover. A Sun Super Tach, Harrell badging, hoodlocks, custom paint and an aluminum rear spoiler and 15x7" Ansen wheels completed the package. 

Why I would want one: There weren't many of these year Camaro's done by Dickie Harrell, and since his death in a tragic Drag Racing accident in the early 1970's, Harrell cars have been rare cars to collect.

Fun fact: To give potential buyers an idea of how well a Harrell 427 Camaro performed, the Glacier Blue car (as shown in the photo) was kept as a demonstrator. 

(1969 Dickie Harrell Camaro photo from theblock.com)

 

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