Factory-built ultra-high-performance Camaros are few and far between, and when one is up for sale the price tag is usually high enough to scare away even the most serious collector. For some, the decision to clone one of these supercars is their only chance to own something that will come close. A good clone, when done right, is still not a cheap undertaking as the proper parts are just as hard to find.
There’s generally not a problem with clones as long as the owner does not try to pass the car off as the real thing to some unsuspecting buyer when it comes time to sell it. What does all this have to do with the beautiful highly modified Camaro on these pages? Well, believe it or not, when Jody Bernard bought this Camaro it was a highly detailed, perfect ZL1 clone restoration with the exception of the factory air conditioning. All the right pieces were there including a Yenko aluminum 427.
Once the ZL1 was in Jody’s hands he started to make modifications right away. The first thing he added was the Speed Pro EFI and a rebuilt 200-4R automatic overdrive tranny. The stock 15-inch rally wheels were soon swapped for a more appropriate set of 17-inch polished five-spokes and some sticky tires. The cast-iron exhaust manifolds and chambered exhaust were replaced with Hooker Super-Comp headers, a Dr. Gas X-pipe, Torque Tech pipes, and Dynomax mufflers (four in all—two Super Turbos and two Bullets).
Jody decided to clean up the engine bay by replacing the factory A/C system with a more compact, lighter, and efficient Vintage Air unit and hid all the lines in the process. The disc/drum braking system was swapped for a Baer Track 1 system that put 13-inch discs up front and 12-inch discs in the rear. In order to improve handling, Bilstein shocks took the place of the factory spiral units. Inside the Camaro, Jody upgraded the stock bucket seats with a set of Corbeau buckets covered in the stock ’69 Camaro upholstery to match the rear seat.