Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
If you set out to build the ultimate for-the-street 1969 Camaro, what would it look like? Awesome paint and interior? Check. Big power? Oh, heck yes! Four-wheel discs? Yep! Over-the-top build quality? But of course! Well, forget about building it yourself, here it is, already finished and ready to go with less than 5k miles on it. You couldn't get anywhere close to building this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Tribute Restomod for the asking price, and it could easily take a couple years to pull it all off. Why wait? You could be turning heads and dropping jaws in this beauty before week's end...
Torn down, stripped, and refinished, this car was rebuilt from the sheetmetal on up. Every single component that wasn't up to the builder's very high standards went in the dumpster and was replaced with a fresh one, and the guys doing the work were obviously very, very good at their jobs. They didn't try to reinvent the wheel, so most of the original styling cues are there, including the cowl-induction hood and ducktail spoiler out back, and the car definitely has a clean, no-nonsense look. Several layers of sizzling Daytona Yellow paint went down, followed by black SS stripes, and then the finish was buried under a ton of clear and buffed-out to shine like a mirror. It's not a trailer queen $50k paint job, because the show circuit was never the only point of this build, but it's a seriously nice finish with only minor imperfections and signs of use acquired from the limited time it's been dominating on the road. Up front you'll find RS-spec headlights, a chin spoiler, a paint-matched bumper, and a custom front valance with a blacked-out lower grille that matches the blacked-out grille up top. It's an aggressive yet slick look up front, and the chrome rear bumper, badges, rocker-panel trim, and 1969-spec gills in the quarter panels do a great job in providing bright contrast to the ferocious yellow jacket paint scheme. It's definitely the kind of car that you can spend a lot of time examining because every little detail is incredibly well done. And the way the raked stance is set on the oversized rims, there's no disguising that this Camaro is an apex predator on the street.
The handsome custom interior continues the black-and-yellow (Hello!) theme without completely losing track of the past. Houndstooth and leather modern-style low-back buckets are supportive and well-bolstered for the kind of driving you're going to do in this car, and a custom-sculpted center console adorned with leather and woodgrain was planted between them. That awesome console houses the shifter and radio, and it smoothly flows into the dash that is neatly finished to look stock, but certainly isn't. More of that beautiful woodgrain adorns the bottom, a neatly tailored black pad at the top, and a set of white-faced digital/analog instruments ahead of the driver. There's a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system that's especially effective thanks to sound-deadening materials throughout the body and that short Lokar-style shifter controls a 4L60 4-speed automatic transmission with razor-sharp reflexes. The carpet is plush and looks brand new, as does the headliner, the door panels are freshly tailored and unmarked, and a modern R134a A/C system fills the cabin with ice cold air. Even more remarkable is the custom rear seat area which will actually hold adults without too much complaining, and the carpeted trunk is clean but Spartan, holding only the relocated battery.
The engine is a 6.0 liter LS2 motor (400 HP before any performance add-ons) that was swapped in from the super-fast 2009 Trailblazer SS with only 14k miles on the clock, and was then taken even further with a Texas Speed Stage 2 cam and a dyno-tune. An Edelbrock port-injection system feeds the block, a billet serpentine system drives all the components, and a giant aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keeps the temperature at bay. It's set into a beautifully finished engine bay that's as much old-school hot rod as 21st century tech, with an LS retro-kit that transforms the modern engine into a 1st generation presentation. Black finned Chevrolet valve covers, a matching air cleaner, and hidden wiring and plumbing make this one of the coolest engine bays you'll ever see. The front suspension uses a tubular A-arms, upgraded coils and shocks, and a sway bar, so it feels more like a modern Corvette than a vintage F-body, while the rear end is a heavy-duty 12-bolt with an aftermarket differential cover. The floors were painted satin black and provide a spectacular background for all the newer performance parts, including the mid-length headers that feed the H-pipe Magnaflow dual exhaust system. Wilwood disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors at all four corners are mandatory when you have wheels that'll show them off, and those US Mag wheels with machined lips wear 17s up front and 18s in the back.
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