There are two guaranteed ways to stop traffic with a classic Camaro. You can take the traditional path and buy a highly optioned original car that’s fit for a plastic bubble. Or, you can pick up an old road warrior, grab a bunch of vendor catalogs and build the nastiest pro-tourer your money can buy
Sporting a spry 468/6-speed drivetrain, a custom air ride suspension and stunning silver and red aesthetics, this Chevy is a near perfect combination of vintage feel and cutting edge technology. Forget some stuffy trailer queen that’s constantly framed in little red ropes. And forget a ‘me too’ modern car that’ll depreciate faster than its 5-year payoff.
With this impressive coupe, you can truly have your cake and eat it too
If your goal is to build a clean custom, you can’t go wrong by starting out with first-generation Camaro lines. This coupe’s ground-up, nut-and-bolt restoration, performed by Bill Sluman’s Garage, took the ‘softer’ angles of a 1967 Rally Sport and sculpted them into a retro jaw-dropper that’s sure to command respect anywhere it goes. A big part of this classic’s appeal comes from its incredible Prowler Silver paint. That pigment, which shows well from all angles, is accented by custom, Charcoal Gray striping. Those accents highlight a combination of factory and aftermarket components. And those components, fitting much better than typical assembly line fodder, form a modern yet familiar profile that creates a lasting impression!
With its timeless 2+2 proportions and modernist body panels the first generation Camaro is already an inherently good-looking design. At the front of this sweet ‘67, a monochromatic Rally Sport grille hangs hidden headlights above a shaved bumper and clear parking lamps. Behind that grille, a large cowl induction hood leads the eye to shaved wipers, a filled cowl and fresh glass that’s framed in satin stainless trim. At the sides of that glass, a satin bowtie mirror rides between painted drip rails and satin door handles. And at the back of the car, a “Camaro” branded spoiler reflects a body-matched bumper and billet taillights.
Pop the hood and you’ll find 468 cubic inches of Chevrolet big block that’s been tweaked, polished and detailed to award-winning perfection. At the top of the mill, a reusable Spectre filter element combines with throttle body fuel injection to supply a perfect diet of gas and oxygen. That gas and oxygen travel through a red Edelbrock intake to color-keyed cylinder heads, which sport attractive, cast aluminum valve covers. At the back of that intake, a traditional, points-style distributor works with an MSD Blaster 2 coil to jolt loomed Taylor plug wires. Beneath those wires, coated shorty headers jettison spent gases in to a healthy, true-dual exhaust system. And in front of those headers, a beefy Be Cool radiator keeps everything in good, working order thanks to dual SPAL puller fans. Naturally, the fully sorted engine looks great against the car’s custom, Prowler Silver bay. And niceties such as braided hoses, billet pulleys and a snazzy Wilwood master cylinder ensure this show worthy Chevy has the mechanical ability to back those great looks.
Take a look under this F1 and a rock-solid chassis stares right back. At the center of the car’s floors, a Tremec 6-speed spins a 9-inch Ford rear end around big, 4.11 gears. The front suspension is comprised of custom tubular control arms and beefy Air Ride Technologies shocks. Out back, a back-halved body, which is complete with full tubs, frames a triangulated 4-bar suspension and two more Air Ride Technologies shocks. Turns come courtesy of modern power steering. Stops are provided by four Baer 6-piston calipers, which squeeze 15-inch drilled and slotted rotors. The soundtrack thunders through Mandrel-bent pipes, an H-shaped crossover and mean Flowmaster mufflers. Rolling stock is equally impressive, as 3-piece, forged ZE wheels spin 245/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zero Neros in front of 335/25ZR22 Pirelli Scorpion Zeros.
And everything, from the car’s reliable starter to its fabricated fuel cell, appears to be restoration-fresh.
The custom leather interior hiding behind this coupe’s small, lightweight doors illustrates just how far the Camaro has matured from its original role as Chevrolet’s simple, no frills pony car. Traditional bucket seats were replaced with modern Corbeau hardware that’s better aligned with the builder’s theme of more horsepower and more showmanship. In front of those seats, a Prowler Silver dash hangs a stitched leather pad over Classic Instruments telemetry and controls for a Vintage Air climate system. At the base of that dash, fresh carpet joins “Camaro” branded floor mats in framing custom flooring that begins just before a satin Hurst shifter and culminates in a custom, “Camaro” branded hatch. That seat, dash and flooring trifecta is embedded between a textured headliner, custom side panels and a hearty mix of billet and satin trim. That stylish cockpit vibes thanks to a remote-controlled Custom Autosound stereo, crisp Blaupunkt speakers and powered subwoofers. In front of the driver, a Nardi Torino steering wheel spins a stylish wood rim around satin spokes. And behind the passengers, a bright red trunk plants a Taylor-boxed battery next to components for the aforementioned fuel cell.
These days, nearly any classic Chevy will turn at least a few heads. Factor in razor-sharp aesthetics, legendary power and a modernized chassis, and you’re well on your way to dominating the show scene.