The essence of a pro touring build is to take a classic ride like this ’69 Camaro and cram it with modern internals and a powerful engine. We’ve seen it done time and time again to the point where it’s getting a little redundant. However, every now and again a build comes along that really captures why this movement started. This 1969 Camaro is a near perfect example, if there ever was one, of a pro-touring build. With a completely revamped suspension, a gorgeous modern interior, and a 700hp+ engine, this Camaro is amazing to gander at, and even more incredible to drive.
Originally assembled in Norwood Ohio, today this pro-touring Camaro’s body sits in DuPont raspberry candy paint. The legendary dual stripes on the hood and trunk are present thanks to a ghosting paint effect. The combination of the ghost stripes and the raspberry candy paint scheme is a blend of old school touches with a modern look. At the front of the body a gorgeous aluminum grille sits above the front air damper and fog lights. The hood features a moderate hood scoop with chrome 427 badging on the fenders. Down the doors you’ll notice the builders opted to eliminate the door handles and install electronic release door handles. However, they went a step further, as not only are the doors controlled by remote control, but also the hood and trunk can both be popped with a click of a button. At the back of the body, a chrome Z/28 emblem is flanked by the rear brake lights and just below those, a raspberry painted rear bumper finishes off the look.
In 1969, the biggest engine you could plant in a Camaro was a 430hp 427ci V8. Well this ’69 Camaro utilizes a 427, but it puts out quite a bit more than the 430hp. Pop the hood on this Camaro and you’ll find a 700+hp Donovan Engineering 427ci V8. The chromed out engine looks immaculate against the raspberry colored engine bay. With the help of Joe Gibbs Racing Aluminum SB2 heads, a COLA 4340 crankshaft, and Jesel rocker arms, the small block amazingly achieves 700+hp on 93 octane pump gas. In front of the engine a wizard cooling custom radiator, with the help of four 9” electric fans, is responsible for cooling the 427. Spent gasses travel down out custom Lemons Headers through dual exhausts that exit out just behind the rear tires.
Put this Camaro on a lift and you’ll reveal the undercarriage that shows just how extensive this build really was. The engine and interior are impressive on this build, but the suspension is no slouch either. At the front of the undercarriage you’ll find a Detroit Speed hydro-formed front sub-frame with tubular upper and lower control arms. The control arms are connected by a front anti-sway bar and within each of the control arms are coil-over shocks. The power created from the 427 is sent through a Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission that sends torque to a Moser 9-inch rear end with a 3.50 axle. The rear of the car has been upgraded with a Detroit Speed “Quadralink” 4-link setup that includes sub-frame connectors, Koni Shocks, and mini tubs. At the corners Baer Power disc brakes are responsible for slowing the vehicle. In front of those brakes the entire car rides on 18” Budnik billet aluminum rims that have been wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber.
Click a button on the keychain and open the driver’s side door to reveal a completely custom tan leather interior that features 21st century styling throughout. The front bucket seats have been wrapped in Buckskin leather and feature chrome accent pieces in the middle. In front of the driver is an aluminum tilt steering column with a Budnik wheels steering wheel. A custom raspberry painted dash houses the instrument cluster that is made up of Auto Meter gauges. Two large RPM and speedo gauges line the center and each have gauges beside them and an Auto Meter analog clock between the two. Between the driver and passenger seats, a custom slide-away console hides the ignition, cup holder, and the air conditioning controls for the Vintage Air setup. Also in the console are the controls for the pioneer audio system and an iPod/iPhone connection. In front of the console is the 5-speed shifter for the aforementioned TKO 5-speed transmission. The builders eliminated the back two seats and created an accent piece that houses speakers and the audio system. Even though the Camaro is now just a two-seater, the back seat always grabs everyone’s attention.
The sale of this pro-touring Camaro includes plenty of receipts from the extensive build and restoration and manuals for the components used throughout the vehicle.
It’s obvious why Pro-touring builds are wildly popular. They combine the looks of yesteryear with modern components throughout. The combination equals a car that features an incredible look, but is equally capable of beating you on the drag strip and the auto-cross course. This F-body is just plain fun and features a lot of comforts that are lost on the pony cars of old. The overall look and the massive power plant under the hood pays tribute to the late 60’s era, while the custom modern touches throughout the car make it an amazing ride to log miles from. Don’t miss your chance to own this amazing 1969 Camaro. Call today, or stop by our showroom and see this gorgeous 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in person.