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Sunday, January 4, 2015

If Looks Could Kill: 1969 Pro Touring Camaro RS


1969 camaro rs photo

The late ’60s muscle car era represents the cherry on top of an epic automotive design sundae. The cars were fast, the engines bombastic, and designs iconic. But new developments have eked incredible power out of small packages – your 350-horsepower two-liter turbos and such. What is to be done to keep the ’60s top dogs on the top step? 

For some, ‘pro touring,’ or taking an old ride and adding performance technology from the latest and greatest muscle cars. The result balances classic car looks with modern day go, a match made in heaven. On the other hand, this jaw-dropping ’69 Pro Touring Camaro RS has more of a hellish attitude.
1969 camaro rs rear photo

Up for sale at RK Motors, this car underwent an extensive frame-off build in 2013, incorporating enough 21st century bits to ensure it stays ahead of its current day Z/28 brethren. Wilwood disc brakes at all four wheels complement the car’s new front and rear suspension from Heidts.

The Camaro’s new heart transplant probably doesn’t hurt performance at all. Underneath the hood lurks an absolutely massive Dahmer 604ci V8, pumping out a pavement-melting 750 horsepower.

 It’s backed up by a Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual and nine-inch positraction rear end. The burly V8 breathes through a pair of custom carbon fiber air intakes. No need to worry about dogging it on the straights.

1969 camaro rs interior photo

And there’s plenty of show to reinforce the Camaro’s serious go. The RS features a custom carbon fiber front splitter, rear spoiler, grille insert, stinger hood, and LED taillights. Inside, the cabin features gorgeous saddle leather and a modern entertainment system. Today’s high-powered muscle cars cut the muster, and then some. But it’s great to see an old dog like this get a new lease on life.