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Classic 1971 Chevrolet Camaro - Techno Flyer

When An R&D Engineer Dreams Up A Classic Muscle Machine, The Results Can Be Stunning

Photography by Paul Yniguez, Shane Reichardt

It was determined that keeping it simple, yet clean, was the best approach. And that's where Sal Perez at American Muscle Cars (yes, the same Camaro expert that painted our Project Silver Streak Third-Gen giveaway car) rose to the occasion. While the body was in pretty good shape and didn't require a major overhaul, prepping it for color was still a time-consuming task. Once the outer skin was in perfect shape, only four elements were employed to reach Hotchkis' visual goal: A steel cowl induction hood from Goodmark was chosen; simple stock-appearing front and rear spoilers were installed; a mix of modern and classic tires and wheels were mounted; and the color-consisting of a custom tangerine two-stage paint from PPG Industries with brilliant white racing stripes-was applied and brought to a super-smooth, glass-like finish. The result: a perfect combo of early muscle car and modern road race performance.

The Final Wrap
From start to finish, the Hotchkis' F-71 took roughly 30 days to assemble. But that doesn't begin to describe the amount of work and camaraderie that it took to plan out and implement this project. Orchestrating the harmony between the engineers who created the blueprint, the companies providing the components, and the craftsman assembling it all together was an enormous task. Team Hotchkis deserves many kudos in making this groundbreaking project come to fruition. But, like all of us, they are car guys and the satisfaction of seeing the hot rod hit the road is more than enough to make them feel proud.

Today, after a busy schedule during the last half of 2000 where it made numerous appearances at car shows, club events, and a few major cruises, the car is still as hot as ever and is even driven daily. For us, it was often a tough ride keeping up with Hotchkis' fast track approach to getting the car finished. But in the end run, it was a project we were proud to be part of, and won't ever forget.



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