Tribute cars always seem to mimic the big-dollar machines, but we rarely see them surpass the originals in such a big way
This gorgeous, immensely powerful 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Tribute Restomod comes packed with all that’s right in the classic car/restomod world, with a slick Emerald Turquoise paint job, a raked stance atop a set of flashy Budniks, and a performance-oriented interior loaded with aftermarket goodies. And we haven’t even told you about the best part yet: the thundering 427/456HP Bill Mitchell crate V8 under the hood, which comes to life via modern fuel-injection, a quick-shifting Tremec 5-speed gearbox, and a custom mini-tubbed suspension that keeps it planted to the road. Sure, we might have to call it a “tribute” today, but this 1967 Camaro Restomod isn’t really a recreation of anything from the past, simply because nothing this killer existed back then.
The paint is Code K Emerald Turquoise, a flashy, archetypal performance color that always looks fantastic stretched over an F-body, especially on an early Camaro with a black, RS-style, bumble-bee nose stripe up front. For fans of the design of the early Camaros, a few vibrant colors could be better, and we have to agree that it look practically great in modern materials. It seems to emphasize the sheetmetal’s curves; look at the kick-up behind the doors and the sharp crease that runs the length of the body, neatly bisecting the doors and rear quarter. As an RS tribute, the traditionally hidden headlights and simple single-element taillight lenses are part of the package, although any RS/SS emblems have been deleted. The front bumper was also deleted, swapped in favor of a dual-scoop cowl and chin spoiler. An aggressive cowl hood previews the monster underneath, while the color-matched decklid spoiler out back is the perfect endcap. It’s not a perfect paint job, this car was meant to be driven, after all, and there are a couple of imperfections that could probably use some attention before they get worse. Nevertheless, they’re hard to spot at first glance, and overall, from just a foot or two back, the curb appeal is through the roof. Chrome and stainless are quite good throughout, including the rear bumper and rocker panel molding, and during the build, a ‘427’ hood badge and flush-mounted racing gas cap were both added, perhaps as a warning to any challengers on the street.
Complementing the bright turquoise paint, a set of black leather racing buckets greet you when you climb aboard. A stock rear bench, black carpets, an unblemished dash pad, and matching door panels complete the look, and while it was done a few years ago, it’s all holding up pretty well. A tall shifter with a billet knob splits the seats and easily falls to the hand, and it’s a perfect complement to the sporty Momo steering wheel that was mounted atop a tilt wheel at the helm of the cockpit. A full array of white-faced AutoMeter gauges were added just beyond it, and they help keep a close eye on the big block under the hood, and a redlight strapped to the steering column helps aid the driver through shift points. Entertainment comes courtesy of a newer retro-style AM/FM/AUX stereo head unit that’s been neatly installed in the center stack and easily blends in with its stock surroundings. Racing seatbelts keep everyone strapped in tight. Out back, the back seat looks almost new, which isn’t usually a surprise in Camaros, and if you open the deck lid, you’ll find a clean trunk without any nasty surprises.
Power comes from a burly Bill Mitchell 427 V8 crate engine, installed in 2005 and rated at 456 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque. Topped with a FAST throttle-body fuel-injection system atop a Motown aluminum intake and Motown aluminum heads, it cranks via a FAST wiring harness and XFI ECU, is fed through a FAST fuel-rail system and 42lb injectors, and breathes easy thanks to long-tube headers that burble through an X-pipe dual exhaust with chambered mufflers. Finished in Chevy Orange engine enamel, black Chevrolet valve covers that match the inner fenders and firewall, and an open-element air cleaner that always looks right on a big block Chevy, it has a performance look. The aforementioned Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission has been beefed up with a trans cooler and custom driveshaft that spins a beefy 12-bolt 3.73-geared rear end that’s more than capable of handling all that added horsepower. Huge money was spent on the undercarriage, where we can spot some pan replacement and loads of beefy suspension parts, including a DSE front set-up and mini-tubs in the rear, along with power steering and Wilwood power 4-wheel disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors that keep the car planted to the road. Flashy Budnik 17-inch wheels are the perfect complement to this restomod Camaro and wear staggered 245/45/17 front and giant 315/35/17 rear Nitto performance radials with plenty of grip to finish the look.
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