Discover the Custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro with an Unexpected V8 Upgrade

What can be even better than buying a first-generation Chevy Camaro in 2023? Technically, a lot of things, yes, but to make my point, I would argue that buying one that’s already been “restomodded” should take the cake. Why? Because the original Camaro wasn’t all that spectacular to begin with.

I’m not hating on all early Camaros, just most – the ones that look bland and feature small–block V8 engines.

The Camaro makes for a good project car, generally speaking. Its compact dimensions and aggressive stance can be very welcoming for aftermarket specialists, and if said specialists don’t hold back, then you might end up with something like this 1967 coupe example, currently up for grabs to the highest bidder.

Let’s start with what’s been done to the outside, and work our way in. The car’s previous owner was the one that had it painted orange, but it was the current seller that installed the custom hood.

Other visual traits include the hideaway headlights, front and rear spoilers, chrome bumpers, polished rocker moldings, dual mirrors, reverse lights, custom aftermarket badges, dual side-outlet exhausts, plus staggered Intro wheels with Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R tires at the front, and Hoosier Drag slicks at the back.

New mechanicals include the Global West tubular A-arms, Ridetech adjustable coilovers at all four corners, and Baer calipers hugging the drilled and slotted rotors.

If you still couldn’t tell that this car means business, that would all change once you opened one of the doors, because the cabin is absolutely spectacular.
Highlights include the bolstered Corbeau bucket seats with G-Force four-point harnesses, air conditioning (always important), a roll cage, a floor-mounted B&M shifter, aftermarket AM/FM cassette stereo, a leather-wrapped billet steering wheel mounted to a Flaming River column, custom instrumentation, and various carbon fiber accents.

Custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro getting auctioned off

Photo: Bring a Trailer

Now for the really fun part, the power unit. It is a replacement 548 ci V8, featuring a Merlin engine block and cylinder heads, a Borla velocity-stack fuel injection kit, a Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine drive system, tubular exhaust headers, plus custom ignition wires.

Meanwhile, the engine bay itself comes with a smoothed firewall, billet hood hinges, and a custom aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. According to the seller, this power unit has been modified to run on 101-octane fuel, with power going to rear wheels via a TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.

How much power, you ask? Glad you did, because despite an underwhelming result on the dyno, the seller claims this car should put down over 650 horses with everything already broken in.

Impressive, but check this out

As much as I like this Camaro, I can’t help but point to another one that we showed you just a few weeks ago. That one was a 1968 model year car, but it had a Corvette Z06 engine and no fewer than 706 horsepower.

So, if I had to choose, I’d probably go with that one, since it looked a lot more aggressive, not to mention more comfortable – racing seats are only as good as the race track you’re on, and when you’re not on one, well, then they’re just freaking pointless, aren’t they? 

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