ALUMINUM LS3/430HP, TREMEC 5 SPEED TRANS, VINTAGE A/C, AUTO-METER GUAGES
Don't bother building your own resto-mod Camaro, this 1972 Chevrolet Camaro has already set the bar and is available for a fraction of the price. With an awesome vintage look and the moves of a brand new car, it's exactly what every guy dreams of when he starts talking about engine swaps. Read on and find out what awesome really looks like.
Hugger Orange is probably the definitive Camaro performance color, and if you're going to build a car of this caliber there's no point in trying to hide it. Second-gen Camaros don't get the full treatment as often as the early cars, and that's a shame because not only do they handle better, but they just look fast even sitting still. A tall cowl-induction hood certainly helps, as do the white Z/28 stripes, but beyond all that you'll also find that the workmanship is quite good throughout this car. Good panel gaps, lots of block sanding for a first-rate finish, and two-stage urethane all give this car a bright finish that looks great now and would really pop with a professional buff. The Z/28 spoilers fore and aft give it a factory high performance look, and you won't have any worries about rising to the challenge should someone want to give you a go at a stop light.
At first glance, the interior is pretty stock, but then you start to see where the upgrades happened. The high-back bucket seats are authentic and probably barely sufficient for the cornering forces you'll experience but they look right in the vintage F-body, so they remain in place. A custom center console looks like it comes from a late-model and includes a storage compartment and cup holder, not to mention the all-important 5-speed manual shifter. The original dashboard was filled with Auto Meter gauges in a trick carbon-fiber panel and there's a modern A/C system that's just as effective as the original. Entertainment that isn't delivered by your right foot comes courtesy of a JVC AM/FM/CD stereo head unit powering a pair of big 6x9 speakers on the rear package shelf. The back seat looks like it's never been used and the trunk is properly finished with a reproduction mat.
But the biggest upgrade in this car is the hardware, a 376 cubic inch LS3 V8 from a late-model Corvette. Rated at 430 horsepower, the all-aluminum powerplant offers a tantalizing combination of modern tech and retro simplicity. There's an Edelbrock intake and Holley carburetor, so you're spared the complexity of a fuel injection system, but the factory ignition system, complete with MSD controller, manages the spark. Up front there's a factory-style serpentine belt drive for improved reliability and NVH, and a slick-shifting Tremec 5-speed manual transmission that totally transforms the car. A custom exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers offers the most spectacular sound this side of Daytona and with 3.55 gears out back, it's plenty punchy around town but cruises effortlessly at highway speeds and beyond. The suspension and brakes are fairly stock, so servicing them should be easy and the big 17-inch Torque Thrust wheels add grip and an old-school look that's exactly right for a car like this. Giant 275/40/17 front and 285/40/17 rear Nitto radials provide both an awesome stance and impressive grip.
You couldn't duplicate this car for twice the asking price and once you experience the incredible torque of the late-model V8, you'll be hooked for life. Call now!
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- Fuel Injection
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- iPod Compatible
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Body Color
- Hugger Orange
- Body Style
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
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