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“Herbie’s Hugger” 1969 Camaro Race Car


Among the 1969 Camaro RPO engine options, the L89 375hp 396 big block with aluminum heads was the rarest. One of only 311 Camaros sold in 1969 with the L89 option, “Herbie’s Hugger” is well-documented by the original owners and backed up with the factory original window sticker.

“Herbie’s Hugger” is one of the most famous and recognizable Super Stock race cars from the East Coast, a regular winner in the super-tough Division One NHRA Super Stock classes in '69,'70 and '72. A multiple national record holder, the Tri-County Performance-sponsored entry was the quickest SS/DA Chevy at every major NHRA event it attended in 1971 and 1972, and established its dominance in the All-American Racing team heads-up Super Stock circuit in '73, winning four events in a row in addition to the Division One Championship title.

Herbie's Hugger,” was bought by Herbert DeSalve and family of Dubois, PA, specifically to compete in the Super Stock ranks. At a time when the new 427 engines were yet to enter regular production, DeSalve ordered the car with the ultra-rare L89 396ci aluminum-head motor, one of 311 built in 1969. Finding the 396 marginally uncompetitive against the factory racers, DeSalve soon traded to racer/engine builder Dick Arons for a more competitive L72 425hp, iron-block 427 combination. Driven by Barry DeSalve, it set a record at almost every east coast track in 1969, held the NHRA speed and ET records, and won several national titles. “Herbie’s Hugger” is considered by many race historians to be one of the most significant and competitive privateer efforts.

The slogan across the back of the spoiler says, "Chevy Vs The World." This extremely rare and storied drag Camaro took on the world - and won.

Highlights:

- 1 of 311 Documented factory L89's
- The original Herbie's Hugger Super Stock Camaro
- Record holder at numerous tracks in 1969
- NHRA record holder
- National Champion
- Real "512" COPO Block
- X66 code body trim
- 365 actual miles
- BV 4.10

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He was pitted next to me in 1981 in Englishtown NJ. At that time it was running A/SM (big block 4 speed) and had a for sale sign on it.

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