Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Don't bother building your own resto-mod Camaro, this spectacular 1970 Chevrolet Camaro has already set the bar and is available for a fraction of the build price. With an awesome vintage look and the moves of a brand-new car, it's exactly what every person dreams of when he starts talking about engine swaps, modern paints, and beefed-up pro-touring chassis. Read on and find out what awesome really looks like.
You can always spot the great ones because they seem to glow compared to the cars around them. We can't say specifically what sets them apart, but cars like this that have been taken down to bare metal and rebuilt from there on up seem to just stand out, as if everything were just a little more exacting, the finish is just a little deeper, the chrome a little bit shinier. At any rate, the spectacular Corvette LeMans Blue paint on this car is simply stunning; a beautiful dark blue metallic finish that looks especially attractive when the light highlights the Silver Rally stripes that were expertly stenciled with Torch Red outlines and then buried under gallons of smooth clear coat. With only 1,570 miles on the build the livery work on the fuselage is laser-straight and the finish is still excellent and ready for the show field, with a "tall, dark and handsome" feel that would make even Humphrey Bogart blush. The ground-up build included the introduction of a cowl hood up front that works perfectly with the ducktail spoiler in the rear, and it does a wonderful job highlighting the split-bumper R/S pedigree of this early 2nd generation street brawler. The bumpers and all of the trim was blacked-out to match the "catfish" grille and the look is very sinister, while most of the original badging was left in place as a reminder of this car's origins, although what lies beneath the hood today is a much more potent monster. But we'll get to that later...
At first glance, the interior appears fairly stock, but upon closer examination you can start to see where the upgrades happened. The high-back bucket seats have an authentic look and feel with upgraded covers front and rear, and although they're nicely bolstered, the surfaces are probably barely sufficient for the cornering forces you'll experience with the throttle down. Nevertheless, the look is just right, with a custom center console that splits the front seats and includes a storage compartment and switches for the power windows/locks, not to mention the all-important 'staple' shifter nestled inside a color-matched section up front. The original dashboard was filled with Dakota Digital VHX telemetry inside an original-style bezel, a push-button ignition on the steering column, and there's a modern Vintage A/C system blowing ice cold air through the factory vents in the dash. Entertainment that isn't delivered by your right foot comes courtesy of a JVC AM/FM/CD stereo head unit powering a pair of big 6x9 speakers on the rear package shelf, and the cabin is anchored by grippy Billet Specialties steering wheel atop a tilt column that feels downright erotic in the hands of any spirited driver. The back seat looks like it's never been used and the trunk is properly finished with a reproduction mat.
But the biggest upgrade in this car is the hardware, a 6.2L LS3 V8 from a late-model Corvette that was installed by the pros at Miranda Built in 2014. Rated at 480 horsepower straight out of the crate, the all-aluminum powerplant offers a tantalizing combination of modern tech and retro simplicity. There's a supremely reliable fuel injection system up top, and it breathes easy via a cold-air intake system and cone filter up front. Modern electronics manage the spark, up front there's a factory-style serpentine belt drive for improved reliability, and behind the high-powered mill is a slick-shifting 4L60E 4-speed transmission dressed with polished TCI pan that totally transforms the car. A custom dual exhaust system with Borla mufflers offers the most spectacular sound this side of Daytona and with a beefy American Axle driveshaft spinning the heavy-duty 9-inch rear end out back, it's plenty punchy around town but cruises effortlessly at highway speeds and beyond. That rear pumpkin pushes a 4-bar rear clip mounted on coilovers, while up front you'll find Global West control arms and modern power steering, and impressive stopping power comes via Wilwood power 4-wheel disc brakes with gigantic drilled and slotted rotors. Budnik wheels punctuate the resto-mod look and they're staggered with grippy 245/35/19 front and 285/30/20 rear Nitto performance radials.
You couldn't duplicate this car for twice the asking price and once you experience the incredible torque of the late-model V8, you'll be hooked for life. Call now!
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