Why do we love our classic Chevys? I mean, by today’s standards a bone-stock classic doesn’t do anything very well. The brakes are marginal, the handling subpar, and compared to the new muscle being churned out they aren’t even particularly fast in a straight line. But what they do have an abundance of is soul. Yeah, that hard to describe quality that is woefully of lacking in today’s high-tech, yet somewhat soulless, offerings. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would love to be rocking a 2018 ZL1 1LE, but modern cars like this are cool for what they can do more so than for what they are.
Now, an early Chevy has an abundance soul. Steel, chrome, and polished brightwork all flow together to make for a design that will never go out of style. But in stock form a 2018 Camaro kicks its backside in every performance and driving comfort category. The solution of course is the aftermarket. Yep, companies have come up with a zillion ways for you to update, upgrade, and make your classic perform as good as, if not better than, its modern cousin. Driving comfort can be improved as well with everything from ABS brakes to retrofit air-conditioning systems and it’s just a mouse click, and a stack of cash, away.
The only danger I see is in overdoing it. This is more of a personal preference, but I like my classic Chevys to look, well, classic. I like the chrome and stainless window trim, so ditching those to get a “modern look” makes me wonder why the builder didn’t just buy a new car and save all the work. So for me, there’s a fine line to tread around. I want the most modern handling and performance possible, but I want to keep the soul of my classic that drew me to it in the first place.