This is the right way to build a restomod F-Body
Take a laser-straight, drop-dead gorgeous 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and cover it with sinister Indigo Blue metallic paint. Add a fuel-injected 5.7L LS1 V8 heart, a 6-speed manual gearbox, and a pavement-hugging performance suspension. Finish with a tasteful, race-inspired interior that keeps the spirit of what was great about the original design but adds a healthy boost of modern tech. And with only 8138 miles on the build, this Camaro droptop totally nails it.
The dark, lustrous Indigo Blue Metallic paint is the very first thing that grabs you about this Camaro, but it isn’t the only thing that’s impressive. The paint and bodywork were very nicely done and show the result of many hours of labor-intensive ministrations, with a deep shine and excellent finish work resulting in a distortion-free surface. On dark-colored cars (especially those covered in modern hues like this), body gaps and panel alignment are extremely important, and they’re all well-sorted here, while the addition of the cowl hood and roll bar coupled with the low-slung body offer a killer alternative to the usual Camaro droptop look. The paint work was completed to a very high standard during the restoration, and although the car has been driven and enjoyed since then (could you blame anyone for wanting to show this beauty off every chance they had?), imperfections are still at a minimum. It’s a top driver quality presentation and is sure to be the envy of your local car show circuit. Regardless of whether it’s a real Z/28 or R/S – all the desirable performance details are there – from the chin spoiler, fog lights, and hide-away headlights up front, the quarter ‘gills’ at the flanks, to the ducktail spoiler, sequential LED taillights, and dual exhaust tips that turn down underneath the real valance out back. It has a super-cool restomod/pro-touring look from any angle, further enhanced by the oversized Fikse wheels and aggressive stance, and with shiny chrome bumpers and just the right amount of glistening brightwork, anyone can immediately tell that this was a serious build. Man, this is a very impressive Camaro.
Inside, the black interior has been given a fairly comprehensive makeover, starting with a set of custom high-back buckets seats that firmly hold the driver in place with deep bolsters and slick upholstered patterns and stitching. The rear seats were upholstered to match, and even the roll bar was padded to make things look a bit more upscale inside. Stock Camaro door panels at the flanks are a great match, as is the thick dashpad, and the black plush carpets that line the floors do a great job insulating the cabin from the outside world. A sporty shifter atop the transmission hump splits the seats, and it manages the 6-speed gearbox below, and it’s a perfect dance partner for the race-inspired, leather-wrapped steering wheel at the helm of the cockpit. A full set of Faria white gauges live in a custom dash cluster ahead of the driver and keep a close eye on the upgraded drivetrain, while the controls to the right operate the Vintage Air A/C system. Entertainment is provided via the Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX/BT head unit in the dash, and should the weather ever turn, there’s a new black cloth convertible top that fits neatly over the cabin – although shame on you if you ever take this beauty out in the rain. Everything was put in new during the restoration 8K miles ago, of course, and they spent the long dollar on the best parts money could buy. Quite simply, everything was addressed inside and everything still looks great. Even the trunk was neatly finished with matching black carpets, and despite the relocated battery, there’s still plenty room for hauling trophies away.
Under the hood, the stout 5.7L LS1 V8 is built for combat inside and dressed for show on the outside, featuring a shiny red valve covers, a powder-coated Wilson FAST intake and fuel-injection system, Stainless Works long-tube headers, and polished and detailed accessories everywhere you look, all up against the slick-black canvas of the detailed inner fenders and smooth firewall. An aftermarket throttle-body system, cold-air intake, and a big, cone-filter mean this LS1 is very responsive up-and-down the throttle, and that giant aluminum radiator and electric fan keeps the powerful motor nice and cool at all times. It’s a very impressive powerplant that can slug it out in the streets or take it easy on the weekends, and with only 8K break-in miles, it’s still very fresh and pulls the relatively lightweight Camaro around with ease. Of course, the Borg Warner 6-speed manual transmission makes a huge impact on the car’s roadability, with a towering overdrive that lets that powerful block just loaf along at highway speeds. Underneath, it’s finished for show and ready for combat with a custom tubular A-arms and coilovers up front, A Detroit Speed 4-link with coilovers in the rear, modern power steering, and Wilwood power 4-wheel disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors and giant calipers all around. All that tech is neatly hidden behind a set of slick 18-inch Fikse wheels, which carry staggered 245/40/18 front and meaty 335/30/18 rear performance radials that fill the fenders perfectly and set the aggressive stance.
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