Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Boys and Their Toys

Article by Todd Smith and Jennifer Simpson

Photography by Todd Smith

Originally published in Kirkland Lifestyle

Boys and their toys – (idiomatic) Used to evoke the idea that adult men sometimes dote excessively on machines, automobiles and gadgets in a childish manner. –

It's true that boys love toys, and this Kirkland native has impeccable taste combined with a soft spot for all things classic. Between dirt bikes, street bikes, race cars, snow machines and his favorite—classic memorabilia—Todd Smith is a gentleman who has no time for spinning his wheels. Kirkland Lifestyle was delighted when he agreed to share one of his toys with our readers. 

Year: 1969

Make: Chevrolet

Model: SS350

Color: Hugger Orange

Interior: Black Houndstooth

Notable Modifications

Engine: 383 Stroker 415HP

Transmission: Tremec five-speed

Suspension: Hotchkis TVS System

Wheels/Tires: American Racing Torque Thrust II with TOYO PROXES F: 235/45ZR17 R:255/45ZR17

Arguably one of the most popular muscle cars of its time, the 1969 Camaro continues to impress nearly 50 years from the day it rolled off the production line. Though it was available in a variety of configurations, its styling only served the 1969 Model year. There were more than 240,000 of these cars produced in 1969, so there are still several on the road and available on the classic car market. 

This particular Camaro began life as an original SS350 four-speed car. Over time, countless hours of hard work and the unavoidable thousands of dollars later, it became what it is today: mine. That’s really the beauty of these cars, whether you are a numbers-matching purist (save that debate for another day) or an enthusiast who just wants a personal touch on their machine, the 1969 Camaro is one that will never disappoint." –Todd Smith

Production Numbers

Base: 150,078

RS: 37,773

SS: 34,932

Z28: 20,302

Total: 243,085

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