This original X77 code, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Pro Touring Restomod represents the right way to build a vintage F-body
Cover a gorgeous 1969 Camaro with show-stopping Hugger Orange paint, offset with Black Z/28 stripes. Add a powerful 6.0L L76 V8 motor, a modern 6L80E 6-speed automatic, and a pavement-hugging performance suspension. Finish with a sporty and luxurious interior that keeps the spirit of what was great about the original design and combines it with the best in modern tech. And with only 857 miles on the build, this dialed-in Camaro is just getting started.
There’s no argument that the 1969 Camaro is one of the best-looking performance cars of the era, and there’s practically no way to make one look bad (although, unfortunately, many have tried). This particular beauty is a true Z28 according to the X77 on the cowl tag, and wears a fresh coat of BOLD Hugger Orange paint. Thanks to modern materials, it looks far better than any selection from the 1969 color palate and is a proper Camaro color worthy of its vaunted sheet metal. And speaking of that sheet metal – it’s beautifully restored, laser-straight, and features exact gaps with flush panels that all line up better than when they were new. That paint is great, too, with a miles-deep finish (seriously, you could practically drown in this paint; they must’ve cleared out the shop with this order), highlighting the undistorted reflections on the car’s surface. This is very close to show winner paint, or enjoy it as a top-end driver (although most will consider it a show car) and doesn’t need any excuses. They added a cowl hood and chin spoiler up front, which always looks right on an F-body, but interestingly enough, they avoided the usual spoiler out back, and if we’re honest, it looks awesome without it! Black stripes were painted on and cleared over to match the smooth finish of the rest of the car, proper Z/28 badges are in place fore, aft, and on the fenders, and shiny chrome bumpers are the perfect endcaps. Finishing off the look is that awesome ‘kicked-up’ profile highlighted by the 1969-spec quarter ‘gills’ outlined in chrome, with fat tires and oversized rims stuffed into the wheel wells that set an aggressively slammed stance.
The black interior was given a comprehensive makeover, starting with a modern Camaro front power buckets swapped from a 5th Generation Camaro. Those sculpted front seats are wrapped in gorgeous black leather hides, although the rear seat, door panels, and dash pad are vinyl. Thankfully, the work was done professionally, so everything matched up nicely. A woodgrain-adorned center console splits the seats and houses the horseshoe ‘staple’ shifter that manages the 6L80E transmission below, matching the look of the elegant steering wheel at the head of the cockpit. Upgraded Dakota Digital gauges (no they don’t flash like you see in the video, they work perfect) were cleverly fitted in the stock gauge bezel ahead, and they keep a very accurate eye on the Camaro’s upgraded drivetrain. At the same time, maintain a factory look when they’re not turned on. Options include Vintage Air A/C that blows cold through the Astro Ventilation vents inside the dash, an Antique Automobile retro-style stereo that manages the tunes, tilt steering, cruise control, and seatbelts up front. Everything’s newer, of course. They spent the long dollar on some of the best parts money could buy to make the look fresh and comfortable, including lining the entire cabin with sound-deadening material before the fresh carpets went down. The rear seat has likely never held a passenger out back, while the trunk was finished with plaid mats for an uber-clean look.
Under the hood, the stout, all-aluminum 6.0L V8 motor easily pushes this vintage Camaro, built-up with LS3 heads for a conservatively rated 361 horses. Topped with electronic fuel injection and modern electronics, it’s as reliable as it is powerful and breathes easily thanks to a cold-air intake system and giant aluminum radiator complete with dual electric fans up front. The engine bay itself is a work of art, with an extreme organization that would make the OCD Institute blush and beautifully painted pieces everywhere you look. That powerful motor is managed by a quick-shifting 6L80E 6-speed automatic transmission held together with an aftermarket cross-member, and it spins an aluminum driveshaft that links to a positraction rear differential swapped in from a 2012 Camaro SS. Underneath, it’s finished to show off and ready for combat with welded subframe connectors and loads of aftermarket goodies that keep it planted to the road, including an independent front suspension with tubular control arms and AFCO adjustable shocks that matches up with the fully independent rear suspension swapped-in from a 2012 Camaro SS (featuring AFCO adjustable coil overs). Power steering rack-and-pinion steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes with huge slotted rotors (upfront) are necessary in any pro-touring set-up. The stainless-steel Magnaflow dual exhaust system sounds absolutely bonkers at full bore. All that tech is neatly hidden behind a set of killer-looking 20-inch Camaro SS alloys, staggered on 245/40/20 front and 275/40/20 rear Cooper radials that fill the fenders perfectly and set the car’s aggressive stance.
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