If you want to build a crowd-pleasing custom, there are a few simple rules to follow. For starters, base the build around a popular model. Keep the paint scheme simple, the wheels tasteful and make sure sure to dial in the stance. For the best results, throw in plenty of power, a capable chassis and a sleek custom interior wrapped in a carefully chosen color. It’s much more difficult than it sounds but this sinister ’69 Camaro adheres to that formula for a result that is nothing short of spectacular. At the core is a true X55 Camaro SS that’s been fully reworked from the subframe up. Featuring big block power, a Muncie four-speed, a fully modernized suspension and a stunning custom interior, no piece of this F-body has been left untouched. If you’re ready to rule the show field and the autocross course, why not do it all at once with this killer Camaro?
When this coupe left GM’s Norwood, OH plant in January of 1969, it looked a little different than it does today. A fresh coat of code 71 LeMans Blue graced the exterior and a standard code 711 black interior filled the cabin with non-offensive Chevrolet styling. It was undoubtedly a good looking car but little about it could be described as hyper-aggressive. Somewhere over the last 44 years, the car took a turn for the dark side, ultimately becoming the sinister Camaro before you today. The LeMans blue paint was scrapped in favor of a rich coat of Tuxedo black which offers up clear and accurate reflections from all around. Look closely and a matte black hockey-stick stripe comes into view, adding a dark twist to a classic GM striping package. When black paint looks this good, you can rest assured that an astronomical amount of time and money was invested into creating an ultra sleek canvas for the paintwork to cover. Panel fitment is equally impressive with clean even gaps all around.
While the car has an extensively customized look, the details mostly stay true to GM styling. At the front of the car, an Argent Silver stainless-trimmed grille hangs a pair of traditional round headlights above parking lamps and a smoothed, tucked and painted bumper. Behind that grille, a ZL2-style cowl induction hood flows toward the cowl panel which anchors pristine greenhouse glass inside painted drip rails and new stainless frames. While nothing has been shaved, the side profile has an ultra clean look thanks to its lack of badges and moldings. Only corner markers and chrome door handles break up the rich black paint. To the rear, a D80-style spoiled caps off a rear view which consists of a show quality chrome bumper mounted below a matte black taillight panel. The bright tail lamp trim has also been painted gloss black for an updated look. In the center, a crisp new “SS” badge hangs under the trunk lock with respect to the car’s X55 history.
When a car looks this mean, it definitely sets some expectations for what lives between the front fenders. Fortunately, this Camaro doesn’t disappoint. At the center of its custom bay, a fully reworked 454 produces roughly 650 horsepower in its current form. The block has been bored .060 over and features fresh paint, a steel crank, Wiseco 11-1 pistons and a Comp Cams bumpstick. Up top, a custom body-matched air cleaner hides a Demon four-barrel carburetor mounted to a painted medium-rise intake manifold. At either side, Pro Comp aluminum heads topped by black Chevrolet valve covers help the big block breathe a little better. On the front of the engine a compact March serpentine setup spins an Edelbrock water pump, power steering pump and chrome alternator via attractive billet pulleys. Opposite of those pulleys, a large PRC aluminum radiator keeps the big block cool with the aid of a dual electric fan setup. Around the engine, custom body-matched filler panels work in harmony with the shaved firewall to create a show-stopping bay with mirror-like reflections all around. Turn the key and the 454 roars to life, bellowing a deep exhaust note through headers connected to a three-inch dual exhaust system with an X-pipe and polished Magnaflow mufflers. The car runs and sounds just like it looks – ready to destroy anything that crosses it.
Peer underneath this low-slung F-body and you''ll find a fully detailed undercarriage that seamlessly mixes old and new. Rock solid floors pans wear a coat of gloss black that appears every bit as well finished as the exterior while a tried and true Muncie M21 four-speed manual fills the transmission tunnel. While a lot of pro-tourers opt for five or six-speeds, rowing through four gears in a first-generation Camaro just feels right. Follow the driveshaft all the way back and you''ll find a smoothed and painted Ford 9-inch rear with 3.55 gears delivering big block power to the rear wheels. Around the drivetrain, a modernized suspension starts with a Fatman Fabrications subframe outfitted with polished Detroit Speed upper and lower control arms, two-inch drop spindles and a pair of coilovers. Stout subframe connectors link that front end to a traditional leaf spring rear that''s been outfitted with Competition Engineering Slide-A-Link traction bars. It''s worth nothing that even the leaf springs wear a mirror-like coat of black paint. No chance for detail was overlooked on this chassis. When the roads get twisty, power rack and pinion steering makes the most out of driver input while manual brakes combine C5 and C6 Corvette pieces for impressive stopping power, a combination of 18-inch and 20-inch American Racing wheels connect the chassis to the road through sticky Continental tires.
Between the doors, this cruiser continues to impress with a custom red leather interior. We''re not talking about a few simple upgrades either – this is the kind of no-holds-barred interior work usually reserved for high-end street rods. Front row seating is provided by a pair of reworked fourth-generation Camaro buckets divided by a full length custom console which features convenience lights, storage space and a trick carbon fiber insert that adds some contrast to the cabin. At either side, sleek red door panels feature matching carbon fiber pieces paired with billet window cranks and door pulls. The dash is a stock Camaro unit but it may take a few looks to realize that. Wrapped in red leather with even black stitching, only the basic shape provides any clue of its origin. Instrumentation is provided by a set of tidy Omega Kustom gauges that keep tabs on fuel, voltage, speed, revs, oil pressure and temperature. Aeronautically-influenced gauge surrounds lend a little industrial flair to the cluster. The driver is connected to that slick front suspension through a three-spoke steering wheel mounted to a tilt column that''s been dressed in a matching coat of red. A Pioneer AM/FM/CD head unit with iPod functionality sends signal through a combination of Kicker 6.5-inch and 6x9-inch speakers. Behind the seats, a nicely finished trunk utilizes the same red carpet, leather and carbon fiber as the rest of the interior for a unified look throughout the car.
Included in the sale is a manual for the Pioneer head unit as well as paperwork from Comp Cams that specifies the cam grind.
Well-built, fully detailed and attention-grabbing in every way, this Camaro finds the perfect midpoint between show and go. Built in adherence to the basic tenants of custom-car building, you can be sure its appeal won’t fade with time either. If you’re ready to bring home one of the angriest looking Camaros we’ve seen in awhile, free up some garage space and give us a call. You don’t want to miss this one.