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With all the hoopla surrounding the new Camaro 1LE, let's look back at the original.
The story of the ZL1 Camaro, fitted with that rarest of the rare, all-aluminum 427 big-block V-8, is one that has often been told: How only 69 were made, how they exploited the GM option-ordering system, and how they've become the Camaro guy's ultimate Camaro.
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Sometimes too much is exactly what you need. Thats the attitude behind this fantastic pro street 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. And before you say pro-street is dead, take a closer look, because this one is a very trick 21st century take on the familiar drag-race-inspired street car, and we like the results a whole lot. Anything painted Atomic Orange is going to get noticed, but with 18 inches of blower and air scoop hanging out of the hood, it will be impossible to ignore this Camaro. Building on the pro-street tradition of big horsepower, big tires, and big acceleration, it has raised the bar in terms of sophistication and design. Check out the smoothed body, which has no door handles, no mirrors, and no badges beyond the Z/28 emblem in the grille. The second-generation Camaros body lends itself to the streamlined look, and with a custom aluminum wing neatly faired into the deck lid and painted to match (including the stripe!) it looks like a 30s aero streamliner as much as a blunt-force hammer for the street. There is a hood, of course, but its mostly an opening for the blower. The cream-colored stripe is a great contrast against the copper paint and details like the crystal clear headlights, flush-mounted fuel filler on the deck lid, and 50s Pontiac blue-dot taillight lenses give it a trick look without losing its identity. The interior is combat-ready but still built for the street, thanks to comfortable tan bucket seats with provisions for harnesses, full carpets, and nicely finished door panels. No crude race car stuff here! A custom center console blends seamlessly with the fabricated dash, which is filled with Auto Meter Ultra-Lite gauges. The B&M shifter manages a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and if you glance out the windshield, youll see an extra pair of gauges for boost and fuel pressure mounted right to the back of the blower. Very cool! A 4-spoke Billet Specialties steering wheel has been wrapped in matching tan leather, giving the interior a consistent look. Yes, theres a cage, but it stays out of the way pretty well and the rear seat area is now full of wheel wells, so dont bother with any extra passengers. The trunk is all business, with a fuel cell mounted to the subframe as well as a remote-mounted battery. Dont worry, theres plenty of power to back up the outrageous look thanks to a built supercharged 454 cubic inch Chevy V8. Thats a Littlefield 6-71 supercharger up top, fed by a pair of Holleys. Brodix aluminum heads improve the flow while reducing weight and theres a big enough cam to get noticed even at idle. Its pump gas friendly, so no worries about this being a cranky full-race piece and thanks to a giant radiator, electric fans, and an electric water pump, it keeps its cool. Dont get me wrong, its nasty and not for a rookie, but its also ready to use. Theres a full A-arm front suspension with rack-and-pinion steering and coil-overs, and the custom 9-inch rear end uses a 5-link and coil-overs to plant those massive meats. A fabricated Flowmaster exhaust system sounds spectacular and uses flattened exhaust tips that look like they were borrowed from NASCAR. 4-wheel vented and cross-drilled disc brakes are there for safety and the stance is more pro-touring than pro-street. The same goes for the giant 19- and 20-inch wheels, which were color-matched to the bodywork and wrapped in 225/35/19 front and 345/30/20 rear performance rubber. This is a show car you can use on the street and its got the hardware that tells everyone its not fooling around. If you like to make a big entrance, few cars can do it better than this Camaro. Call today!
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