We’re headed back to the drag strip for another dose of classic muscle car racing, this time with a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS lining up alongside a 1969 Dodge Super Bee.
Indeed, the 1969 model year was a pretty amazing time for performance, with the big makes tossing out a wealth of go-fast options to satisfy those with a need for speed. That includes GM, which offered, among other things, the 1969 Chevy Camaro, one of the all-time greats of the era. This particular model is the Super Sport (SS) with the 396 L78 engine under the hood. Standout specs include a solid lifter cam, aluminum intake manifold, four-bolt mains, forged internals, a Holley 780 carb, and an 11:1 compression ratio, all of which yields a factory (under) rating of 375 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 415 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. This particular example is also fitted with the Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission, while output is sent to optional 4.10 rear gears. Weight with driver is estimated at 3,526 pounds.
Over in the other lane, the Chevy Camaro is up against another classic muscle car from the same model year, specifically a 1969 Dodge Super Bee A12. Specs on this thing are indeed quite impressive, with three Holley two-barrel carbs capable of 1,350 cfm in airflow capacity, an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, a heavy duty radiator, and a 440 cubic-inch V8, all stuffed under a fiberglass lift-off hood. Compression ratio was set at 10.5:1. Put it all together and peak output from the factory came to 390 horsepower at 4,700 rpm and a whopping 490 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. This particular example also has a three-speed automatic transmission and 4.10 rear gears. However, while the Dodge is definitely powerful, it’s also heavy, estimated at 3,812 pounds with driver.
The question, then, is obvious – which of these two machines will walk away the winner in some heads-up drag racing? Hit play to find out: