Pro-touring is one of the fastest-growing segments in the muscle car hobby today. For those of you not familiar with the concept, pro-touring embraces taking a vintage muscle car and upgrading its mechanicals so that it can brake, corner, and accelerate like a modern sports car, and still maintain creature comforts we take for granted in our new cars. Essentially, a pro-touring car is the best of all worlds: looks, comfort, and performance.
This ‘67 Camaro is an outstanding example of the pro-touring concept. It retains the timeless good looks of the first-year Chevy pony car and updates the 40-year-old mechanicals with 21st century performance. Every aspect of the car has been honed and polished, from the 572 cubic-inch big block under the hood to the killer sound system. There’s so much work in this car that it would take days to describe all of it. I’ll try to cover the major items, but until you see this car in the flesh, you won’t be able to fully appreciate how truly spectacular it is.
The first thing you notice is how slick and smooth it looks. That early Camaro shape is about as timeless as you can get, and this car shows you why. The beautiful orange paint with flat black stripes puts quite a glow on that shapely vintage sheet-metal. The body panels on this car are straight, rust free and have a beautiful fit. The undercarriage is no exception, you will find it the same condition as the body, super solid and rust free.
Pro-touring isn’t merely about big wheels and low-profile tires, it’s about getting a combination that delivers sports car levels of performance and still looks killer on the car. Because pro-touring is about making the car work better, this Camaro was given 4 wheel drilled/slotted power disc brakes, and a 3:36 posi rear end. The Boyd Codington wheels are paired up with Nitto tires, and you’re going to need all that tire, too. Under the steel hood are 572 cubic inches of GM big block power. Rated at 620 horsepower, this Camaro absolutely screams. The entire engine is highly detailed, and features a BeCool radiator, Billett pulleys, 2 ¼ ceramic coated Dynatec headers, a Demon carb and HEI ignition. People line up 3 deep to get a look at this engine compartment. Lots of go, lots of show.
You need to be fast with the shifter on top of the M20 manual 4 speed transmission, because 1st gear is over before you can get your foot on the floor, the tires are going up in smoke, and the car is lunging ahead. Go ahead and power-shift second; the Hurst shifter makes it easy to find the right slot. By the time you’re in third, you’re grinning like a mental patient and the car is closing in on triple digits. Not even the hairiest Camaros of the ‘60s – Yenkos, COPOs, whatever – were this scary fast, and none did it with so much control. Pro-touring is still all about speed, but it’s also about precision, and this car has both bases completely covered.
No car can be respectfully called pro-touring without an interior upgrade, and this car showcases what can be done with a little imagination and a lot of cash. The front seats are new buckets, and the rear bench was made to match. The dash is full of Autometer Ultra-Lite gauges behind a Grant wheel. You will also find a Clarion receiver hooked up to a Clarion CD changer in the trunk. All of the sound comes through a trunk mounted Kicker amplifier and subwoofers, with Kicker speakers mounted in the door panels.
So if people want to talk pro-touring, use this car as your guide to how to do it right. It’s about the total package and reengineering every system in the car to make it accelerate quicker, turn sharper, stop harder, and do it all while being more comfortable to drive than any stock muscle car ever could be. Judging by the amount of work on this car and its incredible performance, there’s just no way you could build this car yourself for what we’re asking. The fact that someone else has already made the investment and done the heavy lifting for you means all you have to do is come and drive it. I guarantee that’s all you need. Give me a call today this