The Super Sport package was a part of the Camaro‘s lineage ever since it was introduced for the 1967 model year but by 1972, performance was a dirty word and sales of high-performance vehicles had been drastically reduced. Even among popular Chevrolets, the 1972 Camaro SS was a rare vehicle, and today it’s not often seen. However, there’s one on eBay that has just about all the right options.
When the second-generation Camaro was introduced mid-year in February 1970, it was like a completely different car. Only available was a two-door coupe, its semi-fastback roofline and fuselage-styled body made many other pony cars appear old. However, while 1970 is often considered the high-water mark for performance, there were no new performance engine options other than the LT1 for the Z/28. That’s right − no 454 for the Camaro despite making an appearance on the Chevelle and Monte Carlo.
And then General Motors unleashed a bombshell: all 1971 motors were to have their compression lowered to run on low-lead or unleaded gasoline in anticipation of 1972 regulations. Hence, the SS350 fell from 300 to 270 horsepower, and the 396 fell from 350-375 horses to an even 300. Come 1972, it would be rated in net horsepower − 200 and 240. After that, the SS was no more until 1996.
Not only is this 1972 Camaro on eBay a rare SS350, but it also has the Rally Sport package, which was an appearance package with a cleaner front end and other trim. Add a 4-speed manual and you have what may be the best way to enjoy a 1972 Camaro this side of a big-block. The great thing about 1972s is that the VIN will show the engine, which means there’s no doubt that this is a Camaro Super Sport; however, the data plate shows it was painted in Sequoia Green with tan interior and beige top. Only 6,562 Super Sports were built in 1972 (with 970 of them having the big-block), but if you’re going to demand $39,900 for a Camaro − even documented with the build sheet − it better be a high-compression car in its original color.