In 1963, Chevrolet built five Grand Sport Corvettes to compete against the mighty Shelby Cobras. These were not just modified Corvettes but full-on race cars with a new race chassis and a completely new body with wide fenders and an array of scoops, vents, and spoilers. Two of these race Corvettes had their roofs cut off and windshields cut down for better aerodynamics at high speed. It is these Grand Sport roadsters that this ’67 Camaro is styled after. It has the styling cues of a ’60’s racer, but don’t be fooled, it has all the modern supercar technology and performance to make it a real competitor on or off the track. As the original Corvettes did, this Camaro has a full race chassis, but with fully developed modern independent front and rear suspension. With their cast-gray finish, the wheels look vintage, but each is machined from a single block of aluminum—19x12 rear and 18x10 front—for a super ground-hugging stance.
In an effort to keep weight down, a fully race-prepped (but still street legal) small-block Chevy V-8 producing no less than 700 hp is hooked up to a six-speed tranny. The Camaro body is so heavily modified it would warrant sculpting in all the new Grand Sport features including the roll hoop cover and headrest fairing, and making a new body from lightweight carbon fiber. The windshield is chopped down several inches requiring a custom aluminum frame to hold it in place. A custom grille will be needed to fit in between the new headlight lenses, as well as a new lower front valance with a much wider air-grabbing opening. Completing the vintage race car look are the side exhaust pipes. I struggled a bit with what color to paint it, being that the original Corvette roadster was white with a blue stripe, but I just love the contrast of the white stripes on the blue body. The interior is no-nonsense with a single race seat for track days, and a mounting location for a passenger seat for street use. A custom metal dash with a full array of gauges and a few toggle switches are all that’s needed.
Well, there’s one last feature that’s required ... a helmet!