PRO STREET, 454 BIG BLOCK, DUAL QUAD, BLOWN, TUBBED, 4 LINK REAR, 700R4...NASTY!
This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro makes a pretty convincing argument for the rebirth of pro-street. With a blown big block, giant tires, and a wicked stance, it screams race car, but the cloth interior full of creature comforts begs to differ. Brutally fast yet docile enough for your sister to drive, this might be the nastiest street-legal car we've featured yet.
When you build a car that looks this brutal, you can pretty much forego all the usual high-performance warning signals. That means skipping the SS stripes and letting the car speak for itself. And speak it does! You'll note that the monochromatic look is enhanced by shaved door handles and custom side mirrors blended with factory details like the ducktail spoiler out back. The bright blue metallic paint seems to glow in the sunlight and the sheetmetal underneath is almost entirely new, so making it laser-straight was easy. A lift-off fiberglass hood was seriously modified to clear the towering blower assembly and snaps into place with a set of hood pins working as designed. Body-colored bumpers and stainless trim enhance the monochromatic look and yes, the rear window was cleverly finished to look like the famous bowtie emblem. Oh, and just for the traditionalists, you'll note that the tail panel is blacked out, as it should be on any SS with a big block.
When you look inside, you'll probably recognize some of the race-bred components, but you'll be more impressed by the level of civility. Sure, there are door bars for the cage, but comfortable cloth buckets mean that once you're inside, it is an easy place to spend some time. Full carpets with sound-deadening material mean that you can drive around without your earplugs and it doesn't get hot inside like in a race car. The dash has obviously been extensively reworked and includes a full array of Auto Meter Ultra Light gauges, and there's a custom center console with a trick gated shifter form a late-model car. A tilt steering column, AM/FM/CD stereo, and a fully upholstered rear compartment add to the user-friendly nature of the car. There's a big subwoofer and a bottle of nitrous for show back there, too, a bit of cognitive dissonance that practically defines this car. There's not much room left in the trunk, what with those giant wheel tubs, the down bars from the cage, and a custom fuel cell, but at this point it probably doesn't even matter.
The heart of the beast is a 454 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped by a Weiand 6-71 and a pair of 550 CFM Demon carburetors. That snarky air scoop with color-matched throttle blades is certainly intimidating on the street, and the looks are nothing compared to the SOUND! Chevy Orange paint, a bit of chrome dress-up, and race-grade hardware and equipment further reinforce the idea that this is a race car for the street. A built 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission tames the beast a bit with a relaxed overdrive gear for cruising, even with 4.88s in the narrowed rear end. Long-tube headers, a custom exhaust system, and a 4-link rear suspension give it the tools required to dominate on the street, and you can't argue with way it sits. Polished Weld alloy wheels carry 205/60/15 Goodyear tires up front and 29x18.5-15 Mickey Thompsons out back for the perfect pro-street stance.
With over 600 horsepower on tap, this car definitely has the moves, but thanks to lots of careful engineering, it's also user-friendly and comfortable. Call today!
- Cloth Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Tilt Wheel
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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