We seem to have a hard time keeping second-generation Camaros in stock
And for those of you looking for some industrial-strength horsepower, this dialed-in 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pro Touring muscle car monster definitely delivers. With dyno-tested 461HP horsepower on tap to the wheels, a Detroit Speed mini-tub and some wide-by-huge rear tires to hook it all up, and a slick Blue Metallic RS/SS presentation punctuated with a bespoke leather interior, this is a vicious street fighter with no disappointments anywhere you look.
This Camaro doesn’t advertise its Pro Touring pedigree potential too loudly, thanks to impressive bodywork that cleverly hides the oversized rear tires. The crouching stance certainly helps, and it’s obvious that someone invested enough effort to make this one look fantastic from any angle. The bright Blue Metallic paint is a modern urethane mix that shines up beautifully, and it’s contrasted wonderfully with Silver stripes outlined in red – giving it a hot performance look that this car wears incredibly well. The oversized cowl induction hood isn’t just for show, and the car wears factory RS split bumpers and a short rear spoiler that certainly help with the visuals as well. Other than a pair of ‘SS’ fender badges, the whole car has been de-badged, and the result is a unique paint scheme that does all the talking, without the help of any gaudy advertisements. Sure, there are a few signs of use, but the build has only 481 miles logged on it, which makes us believe that a full buff-and-wax would immediately restore some showroom-fresh glory. The body is straight and all the panels line up very well, so it’s ready for the close scrutiny it’s bound to get when it rumbles onto the show field, and the chin spoiler up front matches the ducktail spoiler in the rear for a very complete look. Any stretch required on the rear wheel arches for the mini-tub to fit was so expertly done that it’s virtually undetectable without a stock Camaro parked next to it. Nice, now that’s a sign of great workmanship! There’s not a ton of factory chrome to speak of, but you do get bright bumperettes up front, a full shiny bumper in the rear, and just enough surrounding bling around the headlights and glass to really make this 2nd generation Camaro pop.
For a car with such heavy-duty race-ready hardware, this one sure is luxurious inside. Handsome custom buckets look like they belong in a 2021 ZL-1, and the modern leather upholstery adorns the rear seats, the custom center console up front, and the dropdown arm rest in the rear. The cool diamond-tuck patterns add an exotic feel to the cabin, and the surrounding black leather parts of the seat matches the black headliner, plush carpets, and original-style door panels. Those very door panels are accented with woodgrain appliques found in the center console and the dash, warming things up inside and giving the car a more grown-up feel. A sporty Grant GT steering feels great in the hands of any spirited driver, matching the look and feel of the Lokar short-shifter that manages the automatic transmission below. All the gauges have been upgraded to Dakota Digital units with carbon-fiber faces, and they keep a much more accurate eye on the upgraded motor under the hood. A Classic Auto Air A/C system was added and works with custom vents in the dash and center console, although it appears to be in need of a service, and a retro-style AM/FM/AUX radio in the center of the dash is a great upgrade over the original unit. Out back, the trunk is plain but clean, showing off the car’s solid pans and flooring.
The heart of the animal is a 489 cubic inch V8 that built for combat and nestled neatly inside the car’s engine bay. Based on a GM 454 block, it was built up with a stroker kit and bored .30 over, and augmented with a Comp Cam 710 lift roller-racing cam. The result registered 461HP and 414 lb-ft of torque on the Dyno (at the wheels), which is incredible power for an F-Body this light. Edelbrock supplied an Air Gap intake and Holley the big 750cfm 4-barrel carburetor, while an MSD ignition and long-tube headers all improve reliability and responsiveness. The powerplant looks potent with its powder-coated black valve covers and matching serpentine drive system, which spins both the Turn-One power steering box and hydro-boost Wilwood 4-dosc brakes, so the big cam doesn’t kill your power assist. A big aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keeps the whole show nice and cool, and a Canton Racing Accusump oil accumulator kit helps regulate the big block’s oil pressure. A built-up 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission has a stall convertor hooked up and can easily manage all the power the motor can feed it, and it feeds a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end with 4.10 gears inside. Long-tube headers and a custom Flowmaster dual exhaust system keep it civilized on the street with plenty of throaty goodness, and the suspension is a thing of beauty: Detroit Speed front A-arms and a big sway bar up front, a Detroit Speed 4-link, coilovers, and a big sway bar in the rear. Aerospace front and rear disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors provide the stopping power, and the red oxide floors are clean and solid as can be underneath. Flashy Forgeline alloy wheels are wrapped with 245/40/18 front and huge 335/30/18 rear BFGoodrich G-Force radials, finishing off the killer look.
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