SEMA is quickly approaching and the excitement is building as Classic Industries and OER have announced that it will be hosting two world-class Camaro builds at its booth (#23975). The first is a 1969 427 Camaro built by the legendary "Mr. Chevrolet" Dick Harrell, and the other is a 1968, inspired by Smokey Yunick and built by custom car builder Bodie Stroud for well-known actor, comedian, and car enthusiast, Tim Allen.
The 1969 Dick Harrell Camaro, which is a recent addition to the Classic Industries collection, was originally an SS 396 car, which was immediately sent to the Dick Harrell Performance Center to undergo a stunning transformation. Among the upgraded components were an iron-block 427 cubic-inch engine with a ZL1-spec camshaft and 4.56 gears along with Lakewood traction bars - all considered some of the best parts that money could buy in 1969, making it a poster child of great late-60s muscle car performance. Only ten were built, making this Camaro one rare Bow Tie.
The Smokey Yunick-inspired '68 has also been the recipient of an overhaul, only this Camaro features super-modern technology. A 505-horsepower LS7 427 V-8 engine, Detroit Speed steering and suspension, Brembo brakes, and a slew of subtle custom touches have replaced the original parts, bringing the '68 into modern times. The Camaro embodies Tim Allen's incredible interpretation of what legends like Yunick would be building if they had had access to today's technology. The car was featured on Speed Channel's Hot Rod TV with Classic Industries supplied parts.
"I raced a lot of fine-ass Detroit muscle cars in the late sixties and early seventies, but one was a monster, a buddy's freak stock 327 1968 Camaro," said Tim Allen. "I loved the look of that body. Now combine that with the subtle features found in the Smokey Yunick Trans Am car, my teenage COPO fantasies and when I heard the sound of the new Chevy 427...this project was hatched."
"We would like to give a special thanks to Classic Industries," said Bodie Stroud, "for putting up with us during this build. For our numerous phone calls and their prompt response to 'we need it pronto!' It wouldn't matter what language we said it in, they knew exactly what we meant."
The project began on June 8th, 2012 and seven months, hundreds of Classic Industries parts, and plenty of blood, sweat, and tears later, Classic Industries will finally unveil the Camaro to the public for the first time at SEMA.
If you're joining us at SEMA this year (November 5-8), don't forget to drop on by the Classic Industries/OER display and feast your eyes on this incredibly-rare pair of gorgeous Camaros, and of course, a vast assortment of the latest OER parts and accessories.