Had enough of near-stock Camaros that feature stock motors and ancient suspension designs? Then take another look at this snarling, barking, brutally fast pro-street Camaro. If too much is just enough, and over-the-top is the way you want to travel, then we have your car. Posers need not apply for this one, because it will most definitely hurt you if youre not man enough to handle it. With a stack of awards and magazine features in the trunk, this is a show-stopping car that is every bit as potent as it looks in photos. Dont say you havent been warned.
It started out as a 1969 Camaro, but there isnt much stock Camaro left underneath that classic sheet metal. Heavily massaged to get the perfect pro-street stance and to fit those gigantic tires under the rear fenders, the body is instantly recognizable as a Camaro, but at the same time, almost nothing was left untouched and stock. If youre going to build a big, noisy weapon like this, you cant show up with half-hearted bodywork, which is why the pros who built this machine spent a lot of time getting everything to line up just right. The rear quarters were stretched and the transformation is seamlessit would be easy to think the factory built it that way. The panels are laser-straight, too, with nary a ripple or ding in sight, and even the C-pillars are straight, which is a tribute to the strength of the tube chassis underneath. The two-stage Hugger Orange paint is retina-burning bright, and is so vivid that you can see this car from a mile away. Addons were kept to a minimum, and theres not even a spoiler on the rear deck to detract from the clean, classic shape. Its no wonder this car has appeared in dozens of magazines and any time it appears at a show, it takes home a trophy.
Theres not a lot of trim on this piece, but all that remains is OEM. That means brightly chromed bumpers, factory door handles, and those tiny, rectangular side marker lights. Glass is all new, as is the grille up front and the taillights out back. I certainly wouldnt call this car subtle, but the fact that they retained almost all the original trim and detailing definitely sets it apart from the often garish and excessively customized pro-street cars youre used to seeing.
But the real essence of pro-street is horsepower, and lots of it. Forget outdated tunnel rams and power-sapping blowers, this car packs nothing more exotic than cubic inches. A Ram Jet 502 big block Chevy crate motor from GM Performance Parts was dropped between the fenders. Featuring a forged steel GM crank, heavy-duty rods, forged pistons, and a custom-grind camshaft, it cranks out more than 500 horsepower. Up top, there is a pair of aluminum oval-port heads, and its all fed by a reliable, torque-building electronic fuel injection system. That very familiar-looking intake manifold hangs menacingly out of the cowl-induction hood, and breathes fresh air from the nose-mounted air cleaner. Beautiful, custom-made long-tube headers evacuate the gasses, despite the tight fit in the Camaros engine bay. Also notice details like the billet hood hinges, custom inner fender panels and radiator shroud, as well as race-only items like the alternator brackets. Extremely well fitted and finished to show standards, this engine bay is every bit as functional as it is beautiful, and this Camaro has the performance to match its appearance.
Underneath, theres no Camaro leftit has been completely replaced by a custom-fabricated tubular steel chassis. A full roll cage protects the driver, and is tied into the chassis to create a rigid platform for all that power. Speaking of power, its channeled through a 700R4 4-speed automatic to a completely custom Ford 9-inch housing 4.56 gears on an Auburn posi. The rear suspension is a 4-link setup for maximum adjustability and traction, while up front a Mustang II type independent setup aims the front tires. To get that stance as well as an acceptable ride on the street, Air Ride Technologies air springs were used, adding another dimension of adjustability to the setup. And in case you think this car is all show and no go, it comes with a set of Strange wheelie bars, and it sure looks like they have seen some action. Brakes are Wilwood discs at all four corners. The workmanship is race-quality throughout, with excellent welds and fabricated panels for the floors. For that true pro-street attitude, you definitely need skinnies up front and massive meats out back, and thats exactly what youve got here. 15x5 Weld Aluma Star front wheels carry 28x8.5x15 tires while the giant 15x14 rear wheels carry 33x19x15 tires, all from Mickey Thompson.
The interior is all business, but that doesnt mean it cant be finished to show-winning standards. The roll cage dominates, but youre going to want that when you crack the throttle on the 502. Racing buckets have been custom upholstered to match the door panels. The rest of the interior is custom fabricated, from the console to the massive wheel tubs that replace most of the back seat area. The dashboard has also been custom built and houses a full compliment of AutoMeter Ultra Light gauges, including a Monster Tach with memory. Look closely at the detailing, though, and youll see that someone cared about making the interior look good, from the stainless sleeves on the door bars to the milled slots on the fabricated dash. Power windows are also part of the package (have you ever tried to wind down a window strapped into a racing seat with a roll cage in the way? The fully finished trunk is stuffed full of fuel cell, gel cell battery, and the Air Ride system and storage tank.
On a build like this that has been in as many magazines as this car has, you know theres going to be a lot of paperwork. We have a build book with photos of the entire process, from the day the original Camaro showed up at the shop to the day it rolled out as a completed car. There are more than a few magazines, including Hot Rod (cover car), Chevy High Performance, Super Chevy, Car Craft, and Hot Rod Camaros. Theres also a big binder with all the details on the cars components, including receipts and manuals. This is an extremely well-known, well-built, well-documented car.
If anyone says pro-street is dead, you need to do little more than show them this car. Its impossible to overlook a piece like this at any show, and with 500 horsepower under the hood, it can crank off astounding times at the track. Pro-street is all about building the fastest, nastiest, most livable cars on the road, and this one can do it all. It fires up easily, drives like a car should, and rides surprisingly well thanks to the air suspension. Thorough engineering and cubic dollars make it a car that doesnt need a trailer, but shows like one that travels inside one. Theres a reason it keeps showing up in the big name magazines year after year, and thats because nobody else has been able to top this Camaro. Now imagine its in your garage, and youre the guy lighting up the tires and hitting the road with the knowledge that there isnt a single car that can beat you. Available for a fraction of the build cost, all you need to do is pick up the phone and call. Do it today!
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