Check out this mind-blowing 1967 Chevrolet Camaro built by the craftsmen at Orlando, Florida based Ultimate Auto. It has undergone some major modifications to the powertrain, interior, and the exterior. Why would an individual builder choose to modify a precious automotive treasure to this extent? Could it be an overwhelming desire to release his creative vision or could his judgment have been swayed by the propensity of other collectors to build a factory restoration car? The answers to all of these questions, and more, can be answered. The next time that you go to see Mickey Mouse, drop-in on the crew at Ultimate Auto and co-mingle with their creative guise. One thing is for certain, they have built one heckuva ride and it is for sale (on e-bay) to the tune of $295,000.
Throughout this resto-mod, one theme is carried out: To blend classic and modern styling together to yield a futuristically elegant hot-rod that swaddles the driver in opulence and also provides sufficient weaponry to wage all-out war from stop light to stop light — and win.
As you have undoubtedly noticed by now, this doesn’t look much like a typical 1967 Camaro. That is because it is built using parts from 1967 and 1969 model Camaros, as well as many handcrafted body panels including a carbon-fiber roof, widened front and rear fenders, cherried front and rear roll pans, and a one-of-a-kind grille configuration. The natural carbon-fiber roof, front splitter, and 1967-style fuel diffuser provide perfect contrast to the masterfully applied coats of BASF R-M Carizzma “Ruthless Red” paint. Adding to the car’s exterior aesthetic are LED headlights, inverted 1969 Camaro taillights, and a set of massive Vellano VKS wheels. The hand-crafted widened fenders house humongous 265/30ZR20-inch tires in the front and 355-25ZR21-inch tires in the rear.
The interior is custom-made but based on the design of a 2013 Camaro. It is constructed using only the center console, dashboard, front seats, and steering wheel from the 2013 car. Everything else in the interior was handmade, and then it was all covered in rich Italian leather. The bucket-style seating (front and rear) and custom-made door panels (with huge carbon-fiber inlay) would appear just as fitting in a new Ferrari as they do in this Camaro — they are amazing. The seating areas are made with a stitched panel design that features suede accents and all four seats include integrated head rests. Beautiful — I can’t say enough about the seating. The seller’s e-bay description says, “The goal was to incorporate Italian supercar styling with classic American muscle.” We would call that a job well done. Instrumentation is accomplished using modern analog style gauges mounted in a custom pad with carbon-fiber inlay and a center-mounted thin-film LCD monitor provides access to audio, communication, safety, and navigation systems. Even the trunk of this resto-mod is beautifully finished in stunning light brown Italian leather. As anticipated it also features a more than capable audio system complete with a set of JL Audio subwoofers in a custom crafted and leather bound box.
The Ultimate 1967 Camaro could not be powered by just any old engine. It has a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 Chevrolet engine that is rated at approximately 700-horsepower. This engine is comprised of an aluminum block and cylinder heads and uses a pressurized dry-sump lubrication system to ensure that all components receive sufficient oil, regardless of acceleration rate or vehicle inclination. It is internally balanced and requires the use of a remotely mounted air to oil cooler. This system of engine lubrication and engine oil cooling has been in use for decades in competitive circle-track and drag racing. One could expect to find such an engine in a late model Camaro Z28 or Corvette Z06. Mast Motorsports provided the finishing touches under the hood, virtually guaranteeing that optimum horsepower is being utilized. It is mated to a Borg-Warner Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission. The T-56 is being used by nearly every domestic automaker, who requires added durability due to inflated horsepower and torque capacities.