Posted on Sep 18, 2013
Classic Car Fusion is offering this immaculate 1969 Pro-touring Camaro with a monstrous LS7 motor.
Originally built as a full rotisserie restored ZL1 COPO clone by Pro Touring Super Cars, it has been substantially upgraded over its original builder’s vision. This is a real code 71 Lemans Blue car according to the cowl tag, and has been refinished to an incredibly high standard that makes the paint look iridescent in the sunlight.
The body has been left alone to let the beautifully styled original sheet metal do all the talking, so there are no modifications to any of the panels, no questionable graphics, no outrageous stripes, just clean vintage steel, with reworked body gaps that are much better than factory. Only the steel cowl induction hood gives it away, but it was a factory option and certainly looks like it belongs there.
Chrome and trim was also kept to a minimum. A subtle touch is the standard front-end and grille. No hidden headlights, no extraneous chrome and emblems, not even the polished stainless wheel arch moldings. The bumpers are fresh, door handles are correct and beautiful. All the lenses are new reproductions and all the lighting on the car is LED. The headlights have also been upgraded to HID units.
The motor in this gorgeous Camaro is the largest small block Chevy ever built, the 427 cubic inch LS7. Lighter than any cast iron engine that originally lived in a muscle car, the LS7 is a perfect fit and features a custom 4-inch induction system, a custom LS7 camshaft by Speed, Inc., and a set of beautifully fabricated Kooks headers. This bulletproof motor was measured at an extremely impressive 650 horsepower on the engine dyno. All of the Z06’s factory bits are included, from the fuel injection system (upgraded to handle the extra power), to the original dry sump oil tank, to the serpentine belt setup up front. It also features a rugged T56 6-speed manual transmission borrowed from a new Pontiac GTO fortified with a stock Corvette LS7 clutch. While out back there’s a factory 12-bolt rear end packing 3.73 gears and a Positraction unit, making for rocket-sled-like acceleration and very pleasant highway manners when you just feel like sitting back and taking it easy.
Suspension upgrades include BMR lower control arms and QA1 adjustable coil-over shocks while braking is managed by massive cross-drilled and slotted Wilwood Dynalite front discs with bright red 4-piston calipers. Out back there’s a similar oversized setup with an integrated parking brake. All the brake lines are stainless including Wilwood braided stainless flex lines. The finishing touch is a set of gorgeous 18-inch COYS wheels custom cut with the proper back spacing. Tires are 245/45ZR18 front and 275/40ZR18 rear BFGoodrich g-Force KDW radials that perfectly fit the wheelwells and give awesome grip.
Inside, its 100% stock 1969 Camaro, from the code 711 black vinyl buckets to the shifter sticking out of the transmission tunnel. The seat covers are original, but all the hardware has been restored or replaced with exact reproduction items. The carpets and headliner are new, as are the door panels, and the gauges including the must have Stewart Warner “greenline” tachometer on the steering column have been fully restored. In true factory COPO style, there is no console, no center console gauge package, and few frills outside of an original Camaro radio that has been retrofitted to accept an iPod interface. The trunk is equally well-finished, with spatter paint and a battery relocation box with a like new Optima gel cell battery for better weight distribution.
This is your chance to own an absolutely stunning classic Camaro with all new internals. Just turn the key and it fires up the first time, every time, just like your daily driver. And it idles perfectly with a decidedly ‘60s cackle to the exhaust note.
Check out a video of the car running at http://www.youtube.com/embed/bliPc5mcQpE