The Million Dollar Baby

 

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The Third Time is the Charm for this stunning 1969 Camaro.

Several years ago, we were contracted by an Electrical Engineer out of the Bay Area to complete his dream build- a 1969 Camaro RallySport. What initially started out as a collaboration between a few Northern California shops soon became a full blown ProTouring RestoMod with almost no expense spared. A tremendous amount of fabrication went into making this car “look” relatively understated. A Detroit Speed & Engineering hydroformed frame, rear Quadra-Link, and mini-tubs sit tucked underneath, while all fuel lines, brake lines and e-brake cables are hidden out of sight, channeled thru a modified floor & integrated frame connectors. For the ultimate in easy to adjust suspension, the rear pan was modified to incorporate NASCAR style “jack-screws” onto the rear coil-overs. Additionally, a fully functional rollbar was designed and installed to tie the convertible together for safety and chassis stiffness.

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Paul Camilleri did an AMAZING job making sure the body & paint on this work of art came out flawless. The Porsche Cayenne silver laid out perfectly, as did the black stripes and the extensive paintwork on some 50+ random parts incorporated throughout the build. When this Silver and Black Convertible came to to us, the owner wanted a top shelf frame off RestoMod with a careful eye for detail. Together we collaborated with him to, over the course of sixteen months, create a car to his exact specifications. LS2 engine, Tremec 5-speed transmission, 14″ Wilwood brakes, Ford 9″ rearend, custom leather interior, complete integrated competition audio system , and much much more.

 

Just as the initial build was wrapping up, our client went through a divorce, which forced the sale of the car! Per his direction, we sought out a new owner for the car, and soon the award-winning droptop changed hands. Before we handed the car over, the car was featured in the Custom AutoSound booth at SEMA, and then won it’s class at the Grand National Roadster show in Pomona and at the Sacramento Autorama, plus a prestigious George Barris Design Award. The new owner cherished the car, but kept it pretty much under wraps for the better parts of 4 years. Although he drove the car occasionally, and kept meticulous care of the car, he never quite felt like it was “his own”. Thus, he too ultimately decided to sell.

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Fast forward to a few months ago- enter the new owner, a firefighter, contractor and race car driver from the North Bay. He asked us to be on the lookout for a special Camaro, and we just happened to know of one. We put the old seller and new buyer together and the car was once again back in the shop for more work. Although the car was still in excellent condition, our new client wanted to clean a few things up and add a few tasteful tweaks of his own to give his new car a different personality.

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Latest round upgrades include a new, more modern rear spoiler, custom sewn leather dash pad and other various interior accoutrements. Add to that some spectacularly deep Fikse rims and tire and considerable suspension tuning, now this car is nearly ready to once again win a few best of shows and go for a few time trials at the racetrack. With all the time and money spent on this car we have dubbed it the “Million Dollar Baby”.  Just looking at the detail and equipment, this car certainly lives up to the billing. It’s nice to have her back!

 

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Date posted: August 29, 2015    Newsletter