Camaro Intimidator SS
48 Actual Mile Camaro Intimidator SS LS1V8 6 Speed
- LS1 Generation III V8 with a stated power rating of 381 horsepower and 400 lb./ft. of torque
- Borg Warner T56 6-speed manual transmission that's hooked to a Dale Earnhardt short throw shifter
- GMMG fitted Posi-traction rear end that's equipped with 3.73 gears
- Eibach progressive rate springs which provide a 1.5 inch reduced ride height
- Four wheel disc brake system that's equipped with dimpled rotors and factory ABS
- GMMG chambered catback exhaust system
- 17 inch American Racing 200S wheels with Magnetallic Gray spokes
- Onyx Black exterior paint that's accented by a Silver stinger stripe
- Number 43 of 83 2001 Intimidator SS Camaros produced
This killer 2001 Intimidator SS is 1 of 83 special edition dealership cars commissioned by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, built by GMMG and sold by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, North Carolina. Immaculately maintained, and driven only 48 miles in almost 12 years, it wraps GM's top option LS1 V8 and a stout Tremec 6-speed manual transmission in a modified, track-ready suspension and a roster of menacing appearance upgrades that'll have drivers anxiously monitoring their rearview mirrors. If you're a serious Camaro collector who's looking to pick up a unique piece of modern muscle, or a diehard Earnhardt fan that's always wanted to pilot a black and silver Chevrolet which was designed by 'The Intimidator' himself, here's your chance!
Dale Earnhardt was the last of a vanishing breed of NASCAR drivers who would stop at nothing to win a race. His sheer tenacity and ability to bring a car through almost anything unscathed were a unique talent that resulted in his legacy as one of the most successful and recognizable motorsports icons of all time. Dale had been an F-body fan and collector since the age of 16 when he and his dad, famed short track racer Ralph Earnhardt, built a '67 Camaro race car. By 1986, he was enjoying big success in NASCAR's top division and decided to open his own Chevrolet dealership in hopes of one day selling high performance showroom specials like his hero Don Yenko. Despite that ambitious plan it would take roughly 15 years, and some good-natured prodding from his son Kerry, to finally kick start the design of an OEM-quality, high performance dealership program. When Camaro executive Scott Settlemire, known by fans as 'The F-bod Father', got wind that Chevrolet's most iconic driver wanted to build a direct Roush Mustang competitor, he facilitated a relationship with well-known F4 Camaro tuner GMMG. And in the summer of 2000, Dale introduced the mighty Intimidator SS.
Nicely equipped from the factory, all Intimidator SS Camaros rolled out the doors with every available regular production option except T-tops and traction control. Here's how Intimidator SS number 43's original window sticker breaks down:
2001 CAMARO Z28 2-DOOR COUPE
* 5.7 liter SFI V8
* 6-speed manual transmission
* Onyx Black exterior paint
* Ebony interior
* 5.7 liter aluminum V8 engine
* 4-speed automatic transmission
* 16 inch aluminum wheels
* 235/55/16 black wall steel belted radial touring tires
* Decarbon monotube shocks
* Power four wheel anti-lock disc brakes
* Power rack and pinion steering
* Stainless steel exhaust
* GM oil life monitor system
* Driver and front passenger airbags
* 3-point front and rear safety belts
* PassKey II theft deterrent system with starter interrupt
* Daytime running lamps
* Basecoat/clearcoat paint
* Black roof and left hand remote, right hand manual body colored mirrors
* Composite doors, top, front fenders, bumpers and hatch
* 5 MPH bumpers
* Air conditioning
* 500 watt Monsoon AM/FM stereo with cassette, eight speakers and amplifier
* Comfortilt steering wheel
* Four way adjustable driver's seat
* Folding rear seat
* Full analog gauge cluster
* Low oil level indicator
* Full center console
* Intermittent wiper system
* Covered visor mirrors
* Rear cargo closeout panel
* Solar ray tinted glass
* Preferred equipment group ($1,715)
* ----- Electronic speed control with resume function
* ----- Remote hatch release
* ----- Fog lamps
* ----- Power door locks
* ----- Power windows
* -----Twin remote electric mirrors
* ----- Leather wrapped steering wheel with radio controls
* ----- Remote keyless entry
* ----- Theft deterrent alarm system
* ----- Carpeted rear floor mats
* ----- Bodyside moldings
* ----- Six way power driver's seat
* SS performance/appearance package ($3,950)
* ----- 325 horsepower
* ----- Forced air induction hood
* ----- 17 inch aluminum wheels
* ----- SS specific rear spoiler
* ----- P275/40ZR17 Goodyear F1 tires
* ----- High performance ride and handling suspension
* ----- Low restriction dual outlet exhaust system
* ----- Power steering cooler
* ----- SS badging
* Bucket seats with leather trimmed seating surfaces ($500)
* Electric rear window defogger ($170)
* Monsoon 500 watt premium sound system ($100)
* ----- Electronically tuned AM/FM stereo with seek/scan, digital clock and auto-tone control
* ----- CD player
* ----- Theftlock
* ----- Speed compensated volume
* ----- Eight speakers
* ----- Auxiliary amplifier
* 6-speed manual transmission ($00)
* 50 state low emissions vehicle certification ($00)
* Black bodyside molding ($00)
* STANDARD VEHICLE PRICE: $21,745
* TOTAL OPTIONS: $6,435
* MANUFACTURERS SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $28,755
Logging only 48 miles since it rolled off GM's Sainte Therese, Quebec assembly line and straight into NASCAR president Mike Helton's garage, this awesome first generation Intimidator SS is an essentially new 12 year old car that has hardly seen the light of day, much less any inclement weather. Its GM code 41 Onyx Black paint presents an extra sinister presence thanks to an expertly applied Silver stinger stripe, which was Dale's nod to former Chevrolet Specialty Vehicles director Jon Moss and his ZL1 Camaro show car; and naturally, its slick, showroom fresh fit and finish is as close to perfect as a factory car can get. Honestly, with so few miles on its odometer, this fresh Chevrolet just hasn't had the opportunity to get into any significant trouble on the street. There isn't a speck of road rash anywhere on its nose, and its rockers, devoid of teenage tire spinning battle wounds, are as clean and perfect as the day the car rolled out of Dale's Newton, North Carolina showroom. In a world where the newest Camaro has inspired a renewed love affair with first generations cars, it's nice to see a pristine F4 that is symbolic of the no-compromises big engine, all speed mindset that team Camaro championed for most of its existence.
'The Intimidator' was an unstoppable force who was a literal embodiment of the American dream to experience success against all odds. His determination and competitive nature, which manifested itself in a badass all-business demeanor, played a huge factor in the development and appearance of his signature Camaro. At the front of the car, one of the most aggressive Chevrolet faces ever introduced hangs factory fresh headlights above a heritage inspired grille, a traditional white “SS” emblem and high intensity fog lights. At the top of the car, a performance aiding hardtop rides above solid sealing windows and an original raked windshield which displays a large sequential serial number. At the sides of the car, pristine Intimidator SS cloisonnes hang above spotless black “SS” emblems which nicely complement optional body-matched door moldings, body-matched mirrors and flush fitting door handles. And at the back of the car, an SS-specific rear wing floats above factory fresh tri-color tail lights, bright stainless exhaust tips and a traditional satin black rear valence that's complete with chrome “Camaro” lettering, a third Intimidator SS cloisonné and a third black “SS” emblem.
Despite its undeniable visual sizzle, the Intimidator SS is still first and foremost a performance machine; and the car's best attribute is going fast. Lift the sculpted hood and you'll find a potent LS1 Generation III V8 that, with the aid of a new high flow carbon fiber air box and black mass airflow sensors, delivers in excess of 400 horsepower. What's that you say -- the hood only advertises 381? First off, 381 honored classic muscle car tradition of under rating the car's engine; and secondly, 381 was a largely symbolic number which included Dale's storied number 3, his son Dale Jr.'s family-derived number 8 and his other driver Steve Park's current number 1. Utilizing an aluminum block and heads, an LS6 intake, a revised cam, flat top pistons and coil near plug ignition, this car's efficient overhead valve mill is a conservatively rated Mustang slayer which features big power and a Kansas-flat torque curve. Mechanically, the small block presents a spotless, like-new appearance, and the engine compartment looks exactly as it did when the car left the showroom almost 11 years ago. LS1s are super stout pieces which are virtually indestructible; and while we know this car has been babied, you're just not going to break a fourth generation Camaro. Twist the key and the cylinders rumble to life sending their rhythmic notes roaring down a great sounding aftermarket exhaust system. Goose the throttle and the engine smoothly zings toward redline with surprising efficiency, tons of effortless power and a docile nature which makes it pretty obvious the car was designed to be as road ready an everyday Z28.
Steal a quick glance underneath this virtually new Camaro and spotless floors, clean stainless hardware and fresh factory equipment make it clear Mr. Helton was absolutely meticulous about maintenance. Behind the engine you'll find a slick-shifting Borg Warner T56 6-speed manual transmission which, as evidenced by the car's hand altered door tag, spins a GMMG fitted Posi-traction rear end with stout 3.73 gears. And thanks to a performance tuned double A-arm front and three link rear suspension, which is augmented by factory power steering and Eibach 1.5 inch progressive rate lowing springs, 100% of that stellar drivetrain's power is effectively applied to both the straightaway and the corners. The result is a car which is an absolute delight to drive and, unlike Camaros of the past, has the hardware to maximize its full performance potential. Stops come courtesy of power four wheel disc brakes which feature dimpled rotors and standard anti-lock software. Spent gases flow through aluminized factory pipes to a chambered GMMG cat back exhaust system that's capped with fresh stainless tips. And at the corners of the car, 17 inch American Racing 200S wheels, which are a direct nod to SCCA racers of the late 60s, spin sticky 275/40 Goodyear Eagle F1 radials around Magnetallic Gray spokes and chrome center caps.
Inside this Camaro, fresh bucket leather seats adjust electronically up front and fit like a glove all around; and a leather-clad steering wheel sports convenient thumb controls for the car's awesome Monsoon premium sound system. The instrument panel is a familiar, and highly legible, GM layout which features a built in Driver Information Center next to bright argent gauges which mimic the instrumentation in Dale's race car. And below the dash mounted Intimidator SS specs plaque, a crystal clear Monsoon head unit bumps beats through a high power amplifier and eight high quality speakers. Between the seats a slick Dale Earnhardt short throw shifter, which is topped with a track-ready cue ball shift knob, sits in a straight console which features a sequentially numbered Intimidator SS plaque. Below the seats, rare “Intimidator SS” embroidered floor mats protect pristine black carpet. And naturally, all the luxuries you'd expect in a high dollar modern car are present and accounted for including: cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a power hatch, and remote keyless entry with GMs PASSkey theft deterrent system. It's always hard to describe a car that is essentially new in every way. So I'll just sum this showroom fresh F4 up by saying that everything is in impeccable working order, from its ice cold air conditioning to its handy rear window defroster.
Included with the sale of this first rate Intimidator SS is the original window sticker outlined above.
Looking back on the long history of Chevrolet, there's little doubt this 2001 Intimidator SS is one of the fastest, best-handling and most exclusive Camaros of all time. It exhibits the best of everything from GM's fourth generation pony car, a highly respected aftermarket company and a motorsports icon that spent his entire life immersed in a level of speed and performance most of us can only dream of. What better way to honor the legacy of the Intimidator than driving around in a bad ass black muscle car with his name on it?
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