Kansas City Built, Canada Sold Sport Coupe
The First LS6? From the owner...
As for the "story" about how Mussalem Motors (Haney Garage) got the car, I was told by a knowledgeable fellow from the Vancouver area that this dealer was promised a couple of COPO Camaro's late in the 1969 model year and when they did not get them, were told that they would get an LS6 as soon as one became available. I spoke to another gentleman named Buck Kinney who worked at the dealership at the time and he remembered the car and thought he recollected a similar story. Mr. Kinney did remember that the buyer traded in a 1969 COPO Camaro and that he was a weekend drag racer from the Vancouver area. The original buyer is deceased but I have spoken to his wife but she knew little about the car other than she remembered her husband owning it.
As for the motor/trans, the motor is original and the trans is not. The rear end appears to be original to the car as well. Over the years many people have looked the numbers on the pad and I have not had anyone tell me they think it is a re-stamp. I could post pictures (after I figure out how to do it!) but see little point. The build sheet, microfiche, and Canadian docs all verify that the car is real, with or without the original drive train. The date on the pad is 1104 and the casting date is J319 which puts them really close but apparently not impossible.
As for the L, no question that the tag does not have it but like many have said, that doesn't appear to prove anything. The docs speak for themselves. I am not claiming it is the "first LS6." I do claim it was built before the green pilot car and currently sits as the first documented example of an LS6 Chevelle. Other cars could come forward but, so far, none have.