Revolution in Blue: 1969 Camaro Restomod
When it comes to a successful formula for a car build, it's hard to do better than picking an iconic, vintage automobile and matching with modern performance and reliability. It's an idea that's been proven to work in just about every part of the auto enthusiast world, but nothing exemplifies the idea better than a Pro Touring machine like this '69 Camaro built by Revolution Street Cars in Henderson, Nevada.
When the owner brought the Camaro to Revolution, he had a simple goal in mind. He asked the shop to put together something with the performance of his Aston Martin Vantage, only in the package of the nearly 50-year old Chevy.
When the Camaro arrived at Revolution it had already been given a partial transformation into a show car, but it soon became obvious that the entire car was going to need to be rebuilt from the ground up.
Yes, the car would need plenty of power, but if it was going to handle and stop like a modern performance car it was going to need a lot more than just a new engine under the hood. Out went the previously installed air bag setup and in went a full chassis and suspension system from TCI Engineering with RideTech coilovers on each corner. To help handle the planned power upgrade, a set of Wilwood disc brakes were fitted with six-piston calipers in the front, four-piston calipers in the rear and big 14-inch rotors all around.
With the chassis, suspension and brakes all figured out, it was time to make a decision about the powerplant. After riding in a 2012 Camaro ZL1, the owner was convinced that forced induction on top of the legendary LS engine was the way to go. The specified LS3-based engine was built by Insane Power in Las Vegas and is topped with a Magnuson supercharger. On five and a half pounds of boost it's good for 600 horsepower and 575 pound feet of torque at the rear wheels.
Equally important to the owner was that the car be easy to operate, not just by him but by his wife and kids as well. So the engine was mated to a built 4L80 automatic transmission which then sends power to a Yukon 9-inch differential out back with 3.73 gears.
The car had previously been fitted with a set of wheels that weren't suited to the owner's goal, so they were removed in favor of Forgeline GA3s measuring 18x10 inches in the front and 18x12 inches in the rear, and they are perfectly suited to the car both aesthetically and functionally.
And covering the wheels are a set of Nitto NT01 tires 275/35 R18 and 335/30 R18 in the front and rear respectively. To fit all of that rubber beneath the back of the car, Revolution Street Cars fabbed up a set of custom mini tubs.
As for the exterior of the car, it was important that the looks not veer too far from the original '69 Camaro design. The paint is Viper Blue, and the single Gunmetal Gray racing stripe over the top is a nice change from the commonly seen SS style double stripes.
Carrying on the original styling theme is an interior that once again blends the design characteristics of the stock version with modern functionality thanks to bucket seats, a custom dash design and a Dakota Digital instrument setup.
With 600 supercharged horsepower to the back wheels, Corvette-level handling and the timeless looks of one of America's most iconic Pony Cars, this Camaro is everything a modern Pro Touring car should be.
See more photos of the Revolution Camaro in the gallery below.
(Photos: Kyle Wells)