The American Muscle car is without a doubt a timeless classic that will forever be considered badass. One of which that has always been a personal favorite of mine, is the late 60’s Chevy Camaro, specifically the 1969. But it gets better, nowadays there’s the restomod aspect of things that we have talked about before. This is where you take the body of the old car but use all modern engine and drivetrain, as well as all the creature comforts you find inside the newer cars. You can immediately see why the restomod has won many different best of show titles and even the coveted SEMA Battle of Builders.
We came across this beautiful example of the Restomod 1969 Camaro built by Detroit Speed and to be honest, I am having trouble finding the proper words to explain this beauty. This car was stripped down to nothing and then built back up using the best products available today. Lets get to the good stuff, as you open the cowl induction hood you may not notice that it has been lengthened on both the front and back eliminating the space normally occupied by windshield wipers, which although it’s just a small detail, it makes a huge difference. Reason for the distraction would without a doubt be the Magnusson 2300 Supercharger sitting on top of an impeccable 427 cubic inch LSX V8 that is capable of over 800hp. I mean this engine bay looks like a work of art with the massive air intake right in the front. Its also fitted with custom built stainless steel headers that not only help with additional horsepower but also improves the sound coming from this beast of a motor. There are very few sounds that can compete with the whine of a supercharger. To put the cherry on top it also comes with a heavy duty TKO 600 5-speed transmission that gives you that bolt action rifle feel of perfect machining when you manually shift through each gear. As the great Jeremy Clarkson would say, there is no “Flappy Paddle Gearboxes” here.
The owner of this magnificent car didn’t want to have just a regular old fast in a straight line Camaro, even if it is REALLY fast in a straight line with over 800 hp. He wanted this to handle as well as the modern day cars do, so naturally he had Detroit Speed put the best suspension setup possible on the car so that it could take corners with the best of them. Detroit Speed has earned a reputation in the aftermarket world for building and designing some of the best handling suspension setups for these older style cars so he obviously did his homework. There was not a single thing left untouched on this car, even the sub-frame was redone using a new hydro-forming technology that used high pressure water to form steel tubing into the complex shapes required. The big difference with using this technology is that it uses a low temperature to bend the steel making it a lot stronger and more rigid. So bottom line you can throw this thing into a corner at probably almost double the speed of a stock 1969 Camaro and have the highest level of confidence the car will perform. A driver being able to wrangle that much HP around a corner without the back tires breaking loose, well that is another thing all together.
Lastly, I wanted to bring up the interior. The owner went with a very minimalist approach, nothing super flashy. But it still has all the comforts of a modern day car, a single knob controls the air conditioning that sits on the center console next to the four power window switches nicely placed out of the way. The door panels were custom built out of aluminum and integrated in with the dash pad that ties the whole thing together. Even the roll cage was built to be somewhat aesthetically pleasing. Rather than using multiple gauges they opted to go for a single LCD display, but not just any old thing, they actually put a Racepak Data Logger so that the driver can get all the information they need at one quick glance. There also is quite the sound system put in the car with a Sony 7 inch AV deck using Polk speakers throughout and there is two 12 inch Focal sub-woofers situated in the back. There is even a tray that pops out from the center console to hold your iphone. So take a minute and sit back and enjoy the beauty of this pristine 1969 Chevy Camaro Restomod.