1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Racer Coupe / 72 as 43 Chassis Information

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Racer photograph

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Racer photograph

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Racer1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Racer
Coupe
Chassis #: 72 as 43
Sold for $77,000 at 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction.
The very popular Trans-Am Racing series lasted from 1966 through 1981. The cars that could be seen racing on the track could be purchased at dealerships, though not to the same specifications. Many popular pony cars such as the Mustang, Camaro, and Javelin were seen racing around in contention for top honors. The real sponsors and contenders of the race were the manufacturers who were in a constant battle of economics. By employing some of the greatest professional drivers in American road racing history the sport soon became a household favorite. Famous individuals such as Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Sam Posey, Dan Gurney, George Follmer, Swede Savage, Jim Hall, Peter Revson and Jerry Titus could be found behind the wheel of a Trans Am vehicle. Many of the cars and teams were backed by factory support due to the high costs associated with staying competitive. There were a few teams that entered under their own financing, many failed to compete the entire season. Competition was so stiff, that it took constant tuning, preparation, modification, strategy, and practice to compete and stay competitive.

This #48 1970 Chevrolet Camaro was the work of Dick Hoffman and his partner David Horchler. Both had been employed as General Motors Proving Ground Engineers at the Millford, Michigan test facility. The knowledge and experience gained from experimentation at work gave them advantage, plus having access to GM's Trans-AM specifications and parts.

On June 15th of 1971 Dick Hoffman placed 10th at Edmonton. Six days later he placed twenty second at Donnybrook. Appearances at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, and Elkhart in 1972 resulted in DNF due to mechanical difficulties. At the MIS SCCA National he placed fourth, held on July 22, 1972. At Lime Rock in 1973 he scored another DNF after going off-course.

This vehicle is powered by an overhead valve Chevrolet 302 cubic-inch V8 engine that produces an astonishing 450 horsepower. That power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed synchromesh manual gearbox. The chassis is a unit-body with steel front subframe. The suspension is comprised of a front independent setup with coil-over shocks. The rear is a solid axle with leaf springs and a Panhard bar. Braking is provided by the four-wheel hydraulic discs.

The car was very competitive and awarded its owner with many impressive finishes. The stiff competition by amazing drivers and factory funding made it difficult for privateers to compete at the same level.

At the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, CA this vehicle was expected to fetch $145,000 - $195,000. When the bidding concluded it found a home for $77,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006


2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$145,000-$195,000 
Sale Price :
$77,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1970 sales)
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Racer
Sold for $77,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
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