Classic Industries revealed two stunning classic Camaros yesterday at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas, Nevada - a 1968 Camaro belonging to actor Tim Allen, and a 1969 Camaro built by the one and only "Mr. Chevrolet," Dick Harrell.
We had an absolute blast speaking to Bodie Stroud, enthusiast and master of all things automotive. You might know him from the Travel Channel's "Rock my RV with Bret Michaels." He is very much the mastermind behind the beautiful '68, which was created and brought to life in conjunction with Tim Allen. The Camaro features a Detroit Speed subframe and Detroit Speed suspension, as well as Brembo brakes and Wheel Vintique Rally 66 series wheels wrapped in Nitto tires. Under the hood lies a Chevrolet Performance LS7 427 cubic-inch engine with a March Performance front drive and a forged steel crankshaft. Forged titanium connecting rods and CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads bring the car's horsepower rating up to 505 with 470 lb-ft of torque.
The car was apparently quite rough around the edges before the restoration.
"It was a wreck," Stroud put simply, "it took us seven months to complete."
When asked what his absolute favorite part of the Camaro is he contemplated for a moment before answering, "probably the front fender and rear quarter flares." We have to agree that the car takes on a whole new look given the flares' effects on the body lines.
On the other side of the Classic Industries booth is the'69, which was built by drag racing pioneer Dick Harrell for The Flying Dutchman funny car crewmember John Penso and just recently became part of the Classic Industries collection. While it started its life as a SS 396 car, it now features an iron-block 427.
A ZL1 camshaft, 4.56 gears, and Lakewood traction bars were all installed by Penso, and the battery was relocated to the trunk. Rather than adhering them and tipping off the competition, the "Built By Dick Harrell" emblems remained in the glove box and a stinger hood was added after the original hood was ripped off at high speeds. After flaring the wheel opening and moving the fuel filler neck to the trunk, the car was coated a beautiful shade of Candy Blue.
Dick Harrell's daughter Valerie finally came across the car after it swapped hands a few times, with documentation being lost in the shuffle. She was able to provide proof that the car had been built by her father for Penso, and the car underwent a professional restoration using a variety of reproduction parts - many offered in the Classic Industries Camaro catalog. After crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale earlier this year, Classic Industries founder and CEO Jeff Leonard bid on the car and won.
You can learn more about Classic Industries and the large variety of parts they offer for your Chevrolet by visiting www.classicindustries.com, and check back for more from SEMA 2013!