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Sunday, August 9, 2009

1968 Chevrolet Camaro 408 V8 Pro Touring - Muscle Car For Sale (Click Here)


Pro touring F body guys and gals we unearthed another wild one! Gorgeous bodywork, a killer custom interior and a Dart blocked 408 stroker/700R4/12 bolt combo underneath! Subtlety from the silvery blue paint goes out the window with those big Coddington wheels...or a twist of the key!

Start outside—far-from-resale-red Grotto Blue (the car's original color) graces the flanks and highlights laser straight bodywork. Exterior adornment is handled exclusively by the chrome rear bumper (tucked in towards the body, of course,) the door top trim and the big 18” Boyd Coddington wheels wearing 255/40 front and 275/35ZR18 Nitto 555R tires. In the name of smoothness the whole front bumper was tossed in favor of a custom roll pan lying underneath a silver grille. Of course, there are all new lenses, bezels, window trim, mirrors, taillights, moldings… Solenoid door actuators relegate exterior handles to the 19th century while the Z/28 spoiler grounds the car in its Trans Am series heritage. The car is by no means over the top visually—it’s simply executed so well that you have to stop and stare!

Duck down underneath and check out the running gear. Baer twin-piston brakes up front and single piston rears with braided brake lines haul the world to a halt in a hurry. Global West was tapped for their big tubular upper and lower control arms, Hotchkis for their oversized sway bar and HAL QA1 for their aluminum bodied adjustable coil-over shocks. Multileaf rear springs out back and more QA1 shocks combine ride comfort with extra prowess when the corners get tighter while Competition Engineering Slide-A-Link bars make sure the tires plant hard. Checking out the rock solid floor pans, you’ll see a beautiful OEM semi gloss black finish, brand new brake and braided fuel lines, new Aeromotive pump and filter assemblies, new hardware and new sub frame bushings. A 3" Flowmaster exhaust quiets things down to a stand-up-and-take-notice snarl. The TCI-built 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission and custom aluminum driveshaft are welcome additions for cruising, while one of their heavy duty high stall converters makes tire melting launches a cinch. As is expected with a show car of this caliber, everything else is new from the fat aluminum radiator with twin SPAL fans to the new fuel tank and sending unit and Moser fortified 10 bolt with 4.10's. While I wouldn’t advocate eating off of the chassis, man has used far lesser dinner tables!

Dip your head into the trunk. Again with the custom-but-not-too-far theme of the car, silver blue carpeting covers all surfaces while center stage is occupied by the aluminum fuel cell. There's an Optima battery off to the side and a reproduction Positraction sticker sits under the lid. There's even room for some small luggage—we'd call that a side benefit!

Slip inside and rest a while on the custom upholstered blue leather and suede bucket seats. They sure didn’t look like this to start with—it took HOURS of reworking and custom upholstery to make them look like they grew there! Look up and see a new headliner covered in the same suede as the A pillars. The dash pad, door panels and the armrest on the custom console are all done in leather. That custom console holds a quintet of Auto Meter Ultra Lite carbon fiber gauges and the switches for the electric fuel pump and override for the electric fans. Dropping your head, your gaze passes through new glass, past the custom smoothed door panels with new billet handles and cranks, down past new sill plates and on to new carpeting. New sun visors and mounts top your forward view, a body color dash grabs your attention, a restored gauge cluster tells you what’s going on up front while a Budnik wheel with a bowtie horn button attached to the factory column makes steering a pleasure. A B&M shifter fit in the custom console issues gear changes while a big Auto Meter monster tach is to the right of the column. Four point harnesses keep you in your seat while the motor up front applies a permanent smile to your face!

If the sound of the engine isn’t enough to keep you smiling, we just dropped $1,200.00 (our cost) into a killer sound system to drive the enjoyment factor up a few notches. With a brand new Alpine AM/FM/CD/IPOD 100 watt head unit, driving four hidden Polk speakers, your ears are in for a treat!

Pop the hood and take a deep breath—there's a ton going on inside here! That's a Dart siamese bore block, bored wide and stuffed with JE 12:1 pistons, Eagle 6" rods and a billet stroker crank to produce 408 cubic inches. Dart aluminum heads cap the cylinders while the valves are pushed way off their seats by a nasty .644/.628 Comp roller cam—and this is a street motor! Fabricated aluminum valve covers flank a big Dart single plane intake and Race Demon 925cfm carb hiding under a K&N X-stream air cleaner. March pulleys on the crank, water pump and alternator whirl around with the Detroit Speed and Engineering power steering setup—trick stuff. A BTE mini starter turns the motor over with ease while a full MSD setup including the distributor, E core coil and 9AL box stoke the fires. Dyno pulls revealed 469hp and 479lbs/ft of torque—that get you moving well enough???

Mechanically, this incredible Camaro has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb by the boys at the Best of Show Automotive restoration facility. Everything works and works well! This one is set for some serious summer cruising, in style!

Cool looking, capable of turning corners with ease, comfortable and devastatingly fast in a straight line this first gen Camaro is perfect for anyone looking for a high dollar street stormer that'll haul in trophies with the best of them!

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