If there's one word I can use to sum up the collector car hobby, it has to be "passion." It is why we chase the cars of our childhoods, why we lovingly polish them even when they don't need it, and why we spend our weekends with other like-minded individuals. And, in many cases, it's why we spend ridiculous amounts of money on our dream cars, knowing that we'll be upside-down when it's all said and done. This pro-touring 1967 Camaro convertible has $175,000 worth of receipts attached to it indicating that no expense was spared in making it a show-quality car that can eat many modern machines for lunch. From the LS2 powerplant to the concours-quality paint job, plan on spending a long afternoon examining this car, because the details are more than skin deep.
Built by the pros at The Winning Collection in Asheville, North Carolina, this is the kind of Camaro you see featured in magazines and dream of owning. It doesn't give much away when you first see it, with no notable body modifications outside of the lowered stance and big wheels and tires. Get up close, and you'll find that the bodywork is beyond excellent, letting even an inexperienced eye know that A LOT of money was spent making this car look as good as it does. Panel gaps are good, alignment is spot-on, and the car was assembled with vastly more care than the assembly line workers could ever manage. And the paint! Wow! The blue is subtle, yes, but the finish is what really blows you away. Look how deep and rich the paint is, how smoothly it has been applied, and the almost liquid-like shine that is about a mile deep. High quality materials and hundreds of hours of hand labor will get you all this, but it sure isn't cheap.
You've probably also noticed that this is a Rally Sport, and carries the correct “rs” badges and stripe up front, the blacked-out grille with hidden headlights, and all the other little bits that made up the RS group. Chrome is uniformly excellent throughout, and unlike so many other Camaro hot-rods out there, this one sports its original non-cowl-induction hood, which is a pleasant switch. All the stainless has been mirror-polished, the glass is new, and the lenses are fresh reproduction pieces.
But I'm sure you're really itching to know what's under the hood, so let's talk about that LS2 I mentioned earlier. Based on a Corvette block the 6.0-liter LS2 in this Camaro was built by Turn Key Engine Supply in Oceanside, California. With a pump-gas-friendly 10.9:1 compression ratio, it belts out an impressive 510 horsepower and 480 pounds of torque - significant bumps over the stock Corvette numbers. Easily identified modifications also include a twin-filter air intake and a set of beautifully crafted long-tube headers that dump into a Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust system. There isn't much you can do to make an all-aluminum small block V8 look better than it does, but this one has been dressed for show. Up top, there's a trick carbon fiber engine cover that hides the factory coil packs and intake under a beautifully finished shroud that looks as high-tech as the engine itself. It's been formed to follow the contours of the composite intake manifold and has LS2 and “510 HP” emblems molded into the clearcoat just in case onlookers start wondering what it is. The firewall has obviously been smoothed, and everything has been bathed in more of that gorgeous custom blue paint. The Corvette's factory engineering was retained wherever possible, from the accessory drive to the engine controls, so this car drives like a new 2010 vehicle - turn the key and it fires up instantly, idles perfectly even when cold, and pulls down surprisingly good gas mileage. Sharp-eyed readers will also note the large master cylinder that feeds the massive Baer disc brakes at all four corners, as well as the Vintage Air A/C compressor.
The engine is backed up by a stout Tremec 5-speed manual transmission, and the clutch has been converted to hydraulic operation thanks to a McLeod hydraulic throwout bearing. A 3.73-geared 12-bolt lives out back, channeling all that horsepower through a limited slip differential. The floors have been beautifully finished in satin black. Detroit Speed and Engineering supplied the suspension, which includes tubular control arms up front and a quadra-link rear suspension in back, all suspended on adjustable coil-over shocks at the corners. Hotchkiss Performance kicked in a set of sway bars to keep it level, as well as chassis stiffening components like the subframe connectors and center X-brace, which are critically important on a convertible channeling more than 500 horsepower. Flaming River took care of the steering system, and that Baer braking system I mentioned earlier features 6-piston calipers up front for eyeball-popping stopping power. Rounding out the chassis (no pun intended) is a set of gorgeous 17-inch billet bonSpeed wheels wearing BFGoodrich performance radials.
Inside, you'll find a spectacular custom interior that is anchored by a set of supremely comfortable bucket seats from Recaro. Lined entirely in matching blue and white leather, it's a modern cockpit that fits the theme of the car perfectly. The dash is full of high-performance Autometer gauges and the tilt steering column and waterfall steering wheel are from Flaming River. Everything was custom stitched for this car, not from a kit, and as a result, everything is beautifully finished with arrow-straight seams and beautiful piping. The 2-tone leather matches the exterior colors of the car and doesn't permit either color to become overwhelming. Of course, the A/C controls and powerful entertainment system have been carefully integrated into the dash, and everything functions properly. The top is a brand new piece from Electron, and operates as new.
Documentation, as you might expect on a high-dollar build like this one, is considerable. We have stacks and stacks of receipts for all the work done, including for all the parts and components that were used. We also have the original owner's manual with Protect-O-Plate, accessory guide, convertible top instructions, and other original paperwork. There are also dozens of build photos documenting the full construction of this car, and you can find more of it online at the builder's website. It's obvious that no corners were cut, and as I said, the math says more than $175,000 was spent on the build. That's a truly staggering number.
In the world of pro-built cars, this one is a bargain. We have written proof that it's for sale for about 60% of its construction cost, and it is as nice today as the day it rolled out of the shop. Fully documented with every single piece of paper attached to every single part that went into it, there are no questions about the quality of this piece. Have a look at the photos, then look up the builder on the Internet - you'll see that this is an incredible piece no matter how you slice it. If you like your performance wrapped in a clean, original-looking package that you can drive daily, look no further. This is a seriously nice car for what can only be considered a bargain price. Call now!