This is a Northern California car from new, and was sitting in a covered garage since 1985 when the original engine stopped running. The current (second) owner purchased it in 2005 with the intention of building a one-off, high end, SEMA Show quality drivable RestoMod. The car sat in a covered garage for another 6 years until 2011 when the car was completely stripped and the bare shell was media blasted. The entire main body shell and structure was perfect except for a few rust spots in the lower rear quarter panels behind the wheel wells. About 6 inches of those bottom quarter panels were replaced with new metal. The floors were perfect - not a spot of rust - in the pictures below you will see lots of original red primer. The front fenders, hood, and trunk lid were tossed because of severe dents with bondo repairs and replaced with the highest quality aftermarket panels. The driver door skin was replaced, keeping the original inner structure, and the passenger door is all original. The rear taillight section was also replaced. The roof has pitting in the metal in sections from surface rust, but nothing severe or that weakens the metal at all, and all surface rust was removed while media blasting.
Above are two renderings of the design of the car. The entire design of the car is to make sure it still looks like a 1969 Camaro, but with subtle changes to clean it up - more along the lines of an American BMW M5. Definitely a muscle car, but with a slight European touch. The front bumper was to be tucked in close to the body. The rear bumper was taken from an 1969 Firebird and reworked so it was fit into the body instead of on top of it. The Firebird rear bumper was selected because it hides the body seam on the rear apron that shows in all standard 69 Camaros. A hood with some type of dual, long intakes - similar to the 2016 Camaro SS nostrils and were to be made of metal. The side markers have been removed, and the door handles are original Aston Martin pull out handles with the Aston Martin cable mechanism connected to the original Camaro door latches. The gas filler neck was moved up to the panel between the taillights as the plan was to have a large central exhaust in the rear apron. A Rallye Sport grill with hidden headlights was to be used. We never finalized the decision whether to leave or remove the window drip rails.
The chassis is pretty much the whole Detroit Speed catalog for a 69 Camaro - front and rear. The car was designed for very wide tires, 19" tall in the rear and 18" tall in the front. A Detroit Speed tub kit was installed in the rear, along with frame rail connectors between the front and back. The stance of the car was to be low, but not too low to drive on the street. The engine was not only built for power, but also as a show piece. A custom built aluminum block 427 LS3, with twin turbos and an exotic twin throttle carbon fiber intake manifold. The exhaust was not built yet, but was going to be custom, up from the exhaust ports, then forward to the turbos. A custom radiator was built along with oil and transmission coolers.
The plan for the interior was no buttons or vents anywhere. The entire car was to run off a touch screen in the middle of the center console and dash. The Infinity Box electrical system would be tied into a Kenwood head unit that is a WiFi hotspot. Using a control unit, the touch screen would be used to start the car, turn on/off the headlights, windows, heater and AC, and everything else. The heat/AC ducting would be under the dash pointed out where you can't see it. The Marquez Design fiberglass dash pad was customized with foam padding to look somewhat like a Porsche dash, and the gauge cluster was going to be based on 3 main circles with multiple gauges in each. Two front seats, no back seat, and a roll bar.
Shown to the right, in the top picture is the back of the car when it was originally purchased in 2005. This is the way it looked since 1969. Notice the bumper looks like it is added on - not integrated with the body at all. The body seams can be seen at the bottom of the bumper, and a crease across the lower apron a few inches under the bumper. The bottom pictures show the 1969 Firebird bumper built into the body. It took two Firebird bumpers to create this. All of the bolts are hidden underneath, the gas filler was removed from behind the license plate and moved to the center panel between the taillights. This new bumper hides the body crease that used to show across the apron.
From a closeup side view you get a great look at how the original bumper was added on, but the new bumper is integrated smoothly. Note the side marker light is gone.
Here we can see the Aston Martin door handles. Notice that the door panel was shaped around the opening so it is a rounded edge, exactly the way Aston Martin does it on their cars. The door handles have been integrated with the original Camaro mechanism so they actually open and close the doors.
Above is the very rare Momo Runner steering wheel that took months to locate a new one. Also behind the steering wheel are the Twist Machine Shrifter black anodized paddle shifters. You can see the shaping of the dashboard to make it padded, ready to be covered in leather or another material. The paper drawing for the gauges shows the design we plan to have Classic Instruments create for the car - another one off. The gauges are water and oil temps on the left, tach with boost in the center, speedo with fuel on the right. The touch screen in the center console would have access to several others measurements.
The Infinity Box wiring system is modular and allows running the entire car from a touch screen head unit. The console and dash mockup shows the direction for where the large touch screen is to be mounted, most likely a Kenwood unit that the Infinity equipment integrates with. In keeping with the unique "horseshoe" shifter that was in GM cars of this era, the plan was to re-create the shifter in brushed aluminum with a more modern, clean look. The console itself is from a 1970 Camaro, and would be mounted a bit higher than stock to make it look more like today's sports cars with the higher console and shorter shifter.
There are welded in seat mounting brackets for two Recaro front seats. The back seat was removed and custom panels were made for this area that would be covered in the same material as the rest of the interior. The plan is to put a roll bar in place.
The centerpiece of the car has always been the engine. It should be about 1100 HP, and looks unique compared to all other cars out there.
Some original registration cards and paperwork going back to as early as 1977 and up through 1983.
The following SF Giants baseball game ticket was found under the back seat when the car was stripped down, so the seat was probably never removed from when the car was new. The car was 1 year old when it went to the game.
All work done at Campbell Auto Restoration and High Performance; engine built by Casey Horner, ex-instructor at Wyotech. Over $210,0000 invested, and we have 100% of the paper receipts included. This is an extremely high end build, with all top notch parts and labor. A great base to build and personalize to your own tastes. The car is located in Simi Valley, CA. This website URL - www.TwinTurbo69.com comes with the car.