Join Date: Jan 1999
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
[Since the original post I corrected some typos and added the words in square brackets - Rich]
A few tidbits:
The Pace Car book referenced was written by Donna Crispino. Hooper's name is also on the book, but Donna did most, if not all, of the work, and there is a lawsuit underway over these related issues.
Cars ordered by dealers in the pace car color scheme (but outside of the Replica ordering process and without the special paint or stripe) are not official Pace Car replicas (in my opinion).
[There were 12 Canadian L35/M40 replicas,
not 11. CRG has the GM shipping data on all of these cars - one was not reported on the shippers until August, as even though it was built 16 June it was not shipped until 6 July.]
The latest known non-Canadian replica is 06B, according to ICC. CRG has not confirmed this one [nor one from 06A]. The latest [non-Canadian replica] that CRG has specific data on is 05D. CRG believes the 06C Canadian cars were the last built, and the only ones [replicas] built in 06C. [Therefore if this is a genuine replica at all, it seems it must be one of the Canadian 12 L35/M40s.]
All 22 of the June Canadian cars had special clearcoat paint, which was coded on the trim tag as 0-1, not the C-1 that this car has.
The apparent absence of this code is inconsistent with it being a Canadian replica.
The Canadian cars had a fleet code, this
one doesn't. The apparent absence of this code is inconsistent with this being a [Canadian] pace car replica.
All known replicas have a blue nose stripe, indicated as a non-standard color change by the dash at the end of the option fields. The apparent absence of this code also militates against this being a pace car replica [either Canadian or US].
The Pacesetter cars were all L6 units[, could be coupe or convertible (most were coupes) and of any color. The purpose of the Pacesetter promotion was to sell cars, not replicas.]
The Canadian small-block replicas were 327/210HP non-SS cars that were otherwise optioned like SS models. Naturally, they had 10-bolts.
At the risk of irritating Motorhd, CRG has never seen a 10-bolt 1967-68 SS. CRG has data on thousands of first-gen Camaros. While theoretically possible (we think) under unusual special order circumstances, NONE have been documented, and without documentation, a 10-bolt 67-68 SS remains a theory rather than proven fact. There are also other explanations for 10-bolt cars that appear to be SS-350s. We encourage Motorhd to submit his data for review.
The 10-bolt "SS" cars documented in the Pace Car book are, I believe, the 327/210 non-SS cars. Donna wasn't aware that these were not SS cars until I called her this past weekend.
Regarding the VIN range N237512 to N238642,
these were shipped to Canada on 6/23. The first was built on 6/19, and the second on 6/20. [Note however that there was the 12th car that was shipped 7/6, even though it was built 6/16.]
[This message has been edited by Rich Fields (edited 12-07-99).]