1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 convertible

Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company

In April 1967, Dave Conner placed an order for a new Camaro convertible destined for fame as a Super Stock drag racer. Conner’s order included the L78 big block, M21 Muncie 4-speed gearbox, and Posi rear end with 4.10 gears. Finished in Tuxedo Black over gold, the new car cost $3,761.25.

In 1968, Conner’s Camaro appeared at Raceway Park in New Jersey wearing a new “Batcar” livery inspired by the Batman franchise’s distinctive color scheme. In 1970, Conner sold the Camaro to fellow racer Sherman Gerlach of West Virginia. He continued to race the Camaro — known as Gerlach’s Batcar — through 1975, setting an NHRA record at the Indy Nationals and capturing several class wins in the process.

After it was retired from racing, the car was returned to its original configuration and remained in Gerlach’s ownership until 2009, when it was sold to the current owner.

In the consignor’s care, the Camaro was carefully restored to showroom condition, preserving original details where possible. It has since been shown at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, earning Concours Gold and Outstanding Display awards.

This car was inspected by Jerry MacNeish of Camaro Hi-Performance Inc., who confirmed the car is a real L78.