1999 Berger Camaro SS Concept Car
Everything you wanted to know.....
One of kind, 4th
Gen. Berger Camaro. This car has a history so I am going to go in depth on the history behind the car.
I am going to get detailed so hold on and enjoy. I am going leave nothing
out, because if you’re interested in this car you will want to know everything…I will not sugar coat anything
just for the sell.Birth:
Original Owner- Dennis Barker; Dennis ordered
the car in August of ’98. He received the car in October of ’98. The car
is a true hugger orange SS camaro. The car was ordered thru Berger Chevrolet. It
is the only true Hugger Orange Berger. All other hugger Orange Cars were black cars painted orange.
Sometime in July of ’99 the idea of bringing back the Berger Camaro’s
for Berger Chevrolet’s 75th Anniversary was brought about. Per Dennis the initial number
of cars approved to be built was 25. Dennis was the guy you contacted if you wanted a Berger Camaro.
Dennis’s car was used as one of two concept cars prior to production. It is the only
’99 Berger the other concept car was a ’00. Dennis used the car as his daily driver and
he is known around the Grand Rapids area as being the burn out king. If you go to GMMG’s website
there is a video of Dennis doing a huge burnout. The car was used as a promotional tool and can be seen
in many different pictures as the car evolved. In the fall of ’00 the car was converted to a stage
1 car then to a stage II Car a year later. Dennis took the car all over the country to
promote the Berger’s, the stickers that are on the car show where’s its been and what year.
In 2001 the car was signed by John Moss, while Dennis was on the power tour.
The Sale: Dennis sold the car to John Fullerton (Sales Manager)
of Jacky Jones Chevrolet in Murphy, NC in the summer of 2004. The car had right around
89,000 miles on it. I traded a ’01 1LE car for the concept car in order to acquire it.
The car was never titled in an individual’s name at the dealership so I guess that makes me the second owner.
Upon acquirement I immediately went to work on making the car super clean cosmetically. Mechanically
the car was solid; it just needed some detailing work to make it a really nice car. Sometime in the transition
between the Dennis and Jacky Jones the car had the last pieces of the Berger Package installed. Which included;
Hound’s-tooth interior, chambered exhaust, black SS grill installed and the back panel was finally painted black.
The hood, hatch, front and rear bumpers were also repainted. Time line of the car over the past 5 years.
2004: Lip of the wheels stripped down to bare metal then polished
out by hand. I replaced several interior pieces due to signs of wear below is the list of things I replaced
cosmetically and some mechanical. All parts were ordered thru Chevy, so they are Genuine GM, unless otherwise
noted. The car has had the normal maintenance done as well, all documented. ·
New center Console installed·
Some other minor plastic
interior pieces replaced· I replaced rubber bumpers on doors, and gas door. ·
I also replaced some clips,
bolts, screws and nuts. · Fuel filter·
Gas Cap and Radiator Cap·
Installed a rear 1LE sway
bar. The car had a front 1LE sway bar so I wanted the back to match·
Installed a BMR adjustable
Pan hard bar. · Replaced crank sensor and cam sensor, only because I was about to get the car
dyno tuned. I wanted new sensors in the car for the tune. ·
Metco sub frame bracing
installed. Only because the flimsy factory piece was missing. ·
Replaced Outer Tie rod
ends with some Bear Brake, “Bear Trackers.· Good air filter installed·
New upper ball joints installed.
· Had the hood signed by Matt Murphy, owner of GMMG
2005: Took the car to Steel, AL and ran
the car thru the Quarter mile. This is the only time the car has been to the strip since I have had the
car. It ran 12.9’s on street tires. This car is easily a mid 12 second car with
some good shoes on it. I have time slips. Did 2 legs of the 2005 power tour, Nashville and Birmingham. Car was dyno tuned again.
2006:· Driver’s side Window motor replaced.·
Front Drivers Side Speaker
Replaced.· New rear plastic interior pieces installed·
Got Invited to the “Forge
Show”. An invitational only show displaying some of the finest and rarest muscle cars on the planet.
I detailed the car for 5 weeks in order to get ready for it. ·
Had the hood signed by
Valerie Harrell, Daughter of “Mr. Chevrolet”.·
I have pictures and even
video of the “Forge Show”
2007:· Replaced rear yoke on the Differential due to a leak.·
New Thermostat installed.
· Had the car dyno tuned again for the last time. ·
Replaced some of the Exhaust
2008: Parked the car for 8 months, no reason just had other things going on.
New LS7 clutch, flywheel,
pressure plate, and slave cylinder installed.· Ran the car thru Dills Gap, AKA the dragons tail…..lots
of fun· Computer went bad, had to replace. Computer reflashed to my old tune.
I have put about 17,000 miles on the car since I have owned
it. Most of its highway miles but I do occasionally play in the car. Who wouldn’t, the car
is a blast to drive. It has been driven in the rain, but only on occasion and it’s only because
I got caught in it. This car is nice but it’s no trailer Queen. I
would give it 9 out of 10. I have all documentation and several pictures of the car while Dennis
had it. The car at one time was on the cover of Year Ones catalogue. There are
several pics of the car on the internet showing it in different phases, all of which I have copies of.
In 2004 I had Matt Murphy wrote me a letter documenting
the history of the car. This is the only 99 Berger on the planet, don’t miss out. I am only going to list
this once.!!!!!Cool Facts:·
It’s one of one when
it comes to Berger’s· It’s a true SS car regardless of the Berger conversion. If
you break it down by just 99 SS Camaros its one of 174 Hugger Orange T-Top cars with a six speed Transmission.·
It’s one of two pre-production
Concept cars.· It’s one of about 15 cars that have the signed dash. Things that a wrong with the car, minor
as they may be I am still going to list them.· Passenger side window motor is getting a little slow·
Tires are almost done,
they are the tires off my ’01 camaro. I have never had a brand new set of tires on this car.·
Drivers’ side collector
is leaking; I may have it fixed by the time I sell. ·
Drivers’ side sub
frame has a dent in it; this was like this before I got the car. It will get fixed if I keep the car. See
pictureListed below is
how the car is equipped. This car has different equipment on it compared to other Berger’s, I am
assuming since it was the concept car it received things the other cars did not.·
Hugger Orange Exterior-Paint
Code: 99U· Dual Hood & Deck Lid Stripes·
Black Billet Grill with
SS Emblem· Black Rear Tail Light Panel·
Power” Fender Emblems· Chrome “by Berger” Rear Emblem·
Camaro Rear Tail Panel
Letters in Chrome· Fitted Car Cover with Berger SS Logo·
Phase II LS1 Motor·
435 HP/410 TQ Package (Includes
1 ¾ Headers)· Cat Back Chambered Exhaust·
B&M Short Throw Shifter·
Mobile 1 Oil Fill Cap &
Decal· High Flow Air Box Lid with “Power by Berger” decal·
3.73 Rear Axle·
Front and Rear Eibach 1.5”
Lowering Springs· Front and Rear Dimpled Rotors·
Powder Coated Calipers· Hurst Line Lock (Barker Button)·
1LE Front and Rear Sway
Bars· FM 5 Fiske Wheels (17x9.5)· BF Goodrich KWDS Tires·
Camaro SS Floor Mats·
White Hurst Shift Ball·
Rearview Mirror w/Compass/Temp/Auto
Dimmer· Horsepower and Torque Dash Plaque· Black and White Hounds-tooth Seat Covers·
Camaro SS Rear Deck Cover·
White Face Gauges with
“by Berger” Logo· Selling Dealer: Berger Chevrolet-Grand Rapids, MI·
Salesman: Dennis Barker·
Personally signed by:·
Helen Gibb (Wife of Fred
Gibb)· Scott Settlemire (Chevrolet Camaro Brand Manager, General Motors)·
Dennis Barker (Camaro Project
Manager-Berger Chevrolet-Grand Rapids, MI)· Matt Murphy (CEO/President-GMMG Inc)·
Matt Berger (General Manager-Berger
Chevrolet-Grand Rapids, MI)· Dale Berger (Company President-Berger Chevrolet-Grand Rapids, MI)·
John Moss (Manager of General
Motors Specialty Vehicle Group)· Valerie Harrell (Daughter of Dick Harrell, “Mr. Chevrolet”)I have a few spare parts for the car of which includes:·
The original White Leather
Seat Covers· Hugger Orange Strut Tower
Submitted by the owner Chris - Oct.26, 2009 - photos from Chris to follow.