How Do You Build a Rockin’ Chevy Camaro?

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The Chevrolet Camaro entered the pony car wars 3 years after the Ford Mustang gained public acclaim. But it was out there with one goal – to eat Mustangs alive. Their rivalry was celebrated and its effects were phenomenal. Up to the present, Camaros continue to be General Motors’ poster child for performance coupes. Old school or new school, these cars still pose a threat on the dragstrip and car shows. Now, we give you five first and second generation Camaros that are built the way it should be. Let’s do a little bench racing, shall we?


1. Streetfighter Camaro by Vengeance Racing

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Model: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Engine: GM Performance LS7 built by Vengeance Racing (427ci)

Output: We are not sure. But a stock 427 Chevy block can already produce at least 435 horses.

As seen on: Car meets and all over the internet. We also suspect that the Vengeance Racing Camaro inspired Bumblebee’s form in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Although we have not confirmed this, both pro-touring Camaros share strong resemblance to each other.


2. 1969 Yenko Camaro

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Model: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Engine: Chevrolet L-27 (427ci)

Output: At least 450 horses

As seen on: It first appeared in the late ‘60s as a dealer-modified performance Camaro. It was reintroduced to a younger generation of car lovers in 2 Fast 2 Furious. But we doubt that they used a real Yenko Camaro for the Dukes of Hazard stunt they pulled off toward the end of the movie. Wrecking one for a movie is sacrilege.


3. David Freiburger’s F Bomb Camaro

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Model: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro

Engine: Turbocharged Chevrolet 406ci block built by Nelson Racing

Output: At least 1,000 horses

As seen on: The F Bomb Camaro comes from the garage of Hot Rod Magazine Editor in Chief David Freiburger.  The car was a rust bucket before the guys turned it into a hot restomod. The restoration was chronicled in the Hot Rod Magazine website. The car also gained global attention when it was featured in Fast & Furious (2009).


4. Hot Rod Magazine’s Crusher Camaro

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Model: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Engine: Chevrolet LS7 (427 ci) with Holley EFI

Output: 700 horses

As seen on: It made headlines when a team from Hot Rod Magazine, led by David Freiburger, saved this Camaro from being sent to the crusher. As fate would have it, the Crusher Camaro would be the magazine’s darling and guinea pig all at the same time.


5. Big Red Camaro

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Model: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro shell on a NASCAR frame

Engine: Supercharged 598ci Chevy block aka “The Elephant”

Output: 1,400 to 1,900 horses (depending on the boost)

As seen on: This Camaro was raced in various motorsports events starting in 1987. It includes La Carrera Classica II, La Carrera Classica III, Silver State Classic Challenge, and many more. It also appeared in the Fast & Furious (2009) like the F Bomb Camaro.

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  1. The 1968 Camaro is still the best looking of them all

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