The Pro-Touring movement is alive and well at Best of Show Automotive! Every so often we get a car that seems to draw visitors to it, and this is such a car—it's had people buzzing since it rolled off the trailer last week. Adding to our growing fleet of incredible early Camaro touring cars is this killer Hugger Orange 1969 Camaro with big block power, five gears in the manual transmission, and some giant rubber on the pavement. Between the brilliant paint and the concept-car-crazy wheel and tire package, this Camaro has so much eyeball appeal that we're thinking of handing out cheap sunglasses just to look at it. Add in a folder full of build receipts and some significant show wins to its credit, and you've got one heck of a cruiser for summertime fun, or an absolutely killer show car that you can take on the circuit.

First off, this is an original big block Camaro SS in its original Hugger Orange color. But does that even matter after it has been modified as extensively as this one has? According to the builder, the car itself has just over 45,600 original miles, and was restored in the late '70s and was used as a show car prior to the full Pro-Touring makeover it received about two years ago. I'm looking at paperwork from the body shop that created this orange beast, and it says more than $30,000 were spent just straightening, massaging, and painting this car. The dedication shows, because the paint on this car is first-rate, from the excellent panel gaps and alignment, to the deep, glossy black stripes embedded under the clear coat. All the original Camaro insignias were retained, the rear deck spoiler is correct, and the steel cowl induction hood looks right on the car, even with the big chrome '454' badges on either side (more about that motor in a moment).

The front and rear bumpers are either fresh replacement items or re-chromed originals, and they are in outstanding condition. The door handles and side-view mirrors are also brand new pieces, and the stainless trim has been polished like new. The glass is first-rate all around, while the headlights are trick 3-bar units that give the front of this SS a unique, sophisticated look, while the taillights are cool LED units in a blacked-out panel. The front chin spoiler is a new piece from National Parts Depot, and the weather stripping all around is fresh.

Now about that motor I mentioned. No, the badges aren't lying, that's a built 454 big block nestled in between those satin black inner fenders. It's a cast iron block with a .030” overbore, stock bottom end, and 10.5:1 compression. The cam is a solid lifter unit that acts on a set of roller rockers on top of set of trick aluminum Pro Topline heads for some serious airflow. The intake is a Edelbrock Victor 2-R unit that has been Jet-Hot coated, topped with a 780 CFM Holley double-pumper 4-barrel carb. Exhaust is handled by a set of Jet-Hot coated long tube headers dumping directly into a set of 4-inch pipes that lead to a pair of bullet mufflers with turn-downs just ahead of the rear axle. The valve covers are trick aluminum pieces with flames etched into them, while the air cleaner is a billet piece that cost more than $200! Oil supply is handled by a Moroso deep sump chrome oil pan. This thing sounds like it wants to eat somebody alive whenever you fire it up—wow!

Backing up that big motor is a Richmond 5-speed gearbox fed by a MacLeod clutch and pressure plate. There's a chrome scatter shield protecting the passengers from all that horsepower, while an aluminum driveshaft with a safety loop feeds power to the aft end. Between the mini tubs out back, you'll find a built 12-bolt rear with 4.11 gears and a limited slip. Suspension is stock up front with big block coils and new KYB shocks, while out back there are a pair of ladder bars and another set of KYB shocks, as well as a single-element leaf spring. There are vented and cross-drilled Wilwood disc brakes at each corner, with the calipers painted matching Hugger Orange, and an SSBC billet master cylinder controls the action. You'll also notice clean floors painted sanitary satin black, a custom fuel pickup in the fuel tank, and a Holley electric fuel pump feeding the beast. The incredible rolling stock consists of 20x8 and 20x10 American Racing Hopster wheels with 225/30/20 front and 305/35/20 Pirelli tires. The overall effect of those giant rims is absolutely jaw-dropping in person, and the car's lowered stance looks exactly right.

The interior is a black and orange symphony of leather featuring stock buckets with custom covers with the SS insignia embroidered in the headrests. The black carpets are new, the headliner is an OEM piece, and the reworked dash is full of custom tricks. The original gauge pods have been replaced by cool pieces that allow the fitment of white-faced AutoMeter Phantom gauges (they light up orange with the headlights). The original HVAC controls have been reconfigured to operate the new Vintage Air A/C system through the factory dash vents. The steering wheel is an updated take on the original SS wood grained piece, but it's thicker and smaller in diameter. The custom leather door panels feature power window and lock controls, and the original center console shows the factory 4-speed transmission's shift pattern, while the shift knob reveals the Richmond's secret overdrive. Entertainment is via a Clarion stereo system with J.B.L. speakers. The trunk is fully finished and upholstered with a hidden battery, amplifier for the stereo, and a battery shut-off switch.

Documentation includes a thick file full of receipts and build information. The car has won several shows, including Best of Show at the 2007 NOPI in Atco, New Jersey, 1st Place in its class at the NOPI show in Atlanta, and the Best GM award in Ocean City, Maryland.

I'm seeing a theme developing lately: we're getting some incredible hardware that owners are selling for way under the cost of construction, meaning that you—our customer—is getting some bargain-priced hardware. I know this one isn't exactly cheap, but the price tag on the build is even bigger. As I mentioned, this car attracts A TON of attention here in the showroom, and looks absolutely predatory. I still can't get over how great those wheels look tucked under the Camaro sheet metal, and the interior is a show-winner. With big block power under the hood and a 5-speed at hand, it will easily power away from anything else you're likely to meet up with on the street. Heck, if you buy it, we'll even throw in a set of cheap sunglasses for free. Call today!

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