The line between a resto-mod and a pro-touring build is becoming increasingly harder to distinguish. But a true pro-touring car like this ’69 Camaro, receives a build geared more towards performance than comfort. A resto-mod might have a modern suspension and drivetrain, but a pro-tourer will have a suspension and power plant that is assembled with the sole purpose to push the limits of cornering ability and maintaining traction. Need a better idea of what it looks like? Take a closer look at this Camaro and you’ll clearly see what a Pro-Touring build is supposed to be like.
The combination of the overall look, power under the hood, and interior, earned this ’69 Camaro the name of ‘Black Cherry.’ And trust us, Black Cherry is one of the sweetest Pro-Touring Camaros we have ever seen. Many pony cars are advertised as being a pro-tourer, but this is a prime example of what a first class Pro-Touring build should look like.
It all starts with the body that is covered in an exquisite Sikkens glossy black paint. The builders opted to remove all the hardware, exterior trim, door handles, and even the windshield wipers to help accentuate the lines of the Camaro… And it works! The signature look of the ’69 Camaro starts at the front of the body, where an immense black grille hangs above the two halogen lights and a black front spoiler. On the center of the hood a moderate hood scoop makes room for the massive power plant underneath. Down the sides of the body the lines are flawless and the paint is clear enough to see your reflection in it. At the back of the F-body, a small rear spoiler hangs above the legendary thin rear taillights of the ’69 Camaro. The simplicity of removing the hardware and exterior trim from the body really makes the legendary lines of the Camaro truly stand out.
However, the simplicity stops when you look under the hood. Powering this insane Camaro is a massive custom built 454 cubic inch V8. The muscle that is underneath the hood on this Camaro is second to none, lift the hood and you’ll see an amazingly unique engine bay that easily catches everyone’s attention that walks by. The first thing you notice is definitely the long custom air box that stretches to the front of the engine bay, this is where you’ll find a painted stem of cherries on the front of the massive box. To add to the look, the builders installed aluminum valve covers and painted them black. Under the dress ups, the 11:1 compression engine was built with a .040 overbore, steel crank, Canfield aluminum heads, Edelbrock aluminum intake, MSD ignition system and a Holly electronic fuel injection. In front of the engine is a Griffin aluminum radiator that is responsible for cooling the Chevy big block. Spent gasses travel out Sanderson headers.
Under the car might be just as impressive as the rest of the vehicle. Gone is the original front suspension and has been replaced with a Fatman fabrications sub-frame assembly. This meant the addition of coil-over front shocks, tubular upper and lower control arms, Ridetech front coil-over shocks, and 2-inch drop spindles. While in the rear you will find a custom triangulated four-link suspension equipped with Ridetech rear coil-over shocks, that holds a 9-inch Ford rear housing that has been equipped with 3.90 posi-traction differential. It’s also back here that you’ll notice the mini-rear tubs to make room for the tall rear rims. Power is sent to the rear end courtesy of a T56 six-speed transmission that is bolted to the 454 Big Block along with a McLeod clutch and flywheel. Spent gasses travel out Sanderson headers. Incredible stopping power comes from 4-wheel Baer disc brakes. While in front of those brakes are the Intro Billet rims, 19’s in the front and 22’s in the rear that have been wrapped in Michelin Pilot rubber.
The Camaro’s interior is a brilliant combination of simplicity, elegance, and boldness. To start, when you open the door the first thing you can’t help but notice it the vibrant red leather that was installed by none other than Paul Atkins. The door panels feature elegant lines and an aggressively sloped arm rest. The extremely comfortable seats are Fiero seats that have had the headrests removed. The original ’69 dash was removed and replaced with a ’60 Chevy Impala that has been outfitted with set of Auto Meter gauges. In front of the gauge cluster is an Ididit steering column with a Billet Specialties steering wheel connected to it. The console is simple with just the controls for the T56 6-speed, and a parking brake. In front of it are the controls for the Sony CD player that sends sound through a mixture of JL audio speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters. The simple console travels all the way to the back seats to separate and form two more bucket seats in the rear. The red leather cockpit is magnificently done and the typical top of the line work you would expect when you start dropping company names like Paul Atkins.
Included in the sale of this Camaro is a featured story in Super Rod’s February 2006 issue, and many of the receipts from the massive custom build.
Many vehicles are advertised as being a Pro-touring, but are built with only straight line speed in mind. A true pro-tourer is capable of not only beating you in a straight line but also capable of out cornering you thanks in part to a modern performance style suspension. After a closer inspection at our showroom, you’ll agree, this ’69 Camaro is a true first class pro-touring build, which regardless of where you look, never disappoints. Don’t miss your chance to own the pro-touring Camaro of your dreams.