1969 Camaro Restomod Wicked Witch
I’ve been quite interested in Camaro Restomod and other forms of Muscle Car Restomods for over the past ten years now. This particular Camaro Restomod caught my eye with its classic clean lines at the 2016 Good-Guys Heartland Nationals autocross event. Many people call this a Pro Touring car, but I prefer the term Restomod as it describes a car that has been modified with modern components during its restoration process.
The exterior screams classic Camaro with what appears to be a red color that is very close to the factory Hugger Orange paint job over a stock appearing body. The factory style cowl induction hood has been vented on either side of the hood bulge to provide some additional escape paths for the underhood engine heat. Upon closer inspection, I found that the hood and the front fenders are all constructed of carbon fiber which lightens the front end of the car and produces a more neutral front to rear weight distribution. Under the hood there is a fuel injected Mast Motorsports 416 cubic inch LS3 engine that is bolted up to a Tremec Magnum T56 transmission.
The Forgeline 18X10.5 inch front wheels and 18X12 inch rear wheels position themselves nicely within the body lines thanks to rear mini tubs and a full Detroit Speed Engineering frame with a rear QuadraLink suspension. Wilwood disc brakes at each corner help to bring this car to a stop as quickly as needed.
This Camaro Restomod has been nicknamed “Wicked Witch” by its owner, and it’s obvious by its build that it’s a serious performer.
When I compare this Camaro Restomod to a beautifully restored 1969 Camaro Z/28 or a Camaro SS, the basic lines are the same, but when a Camaro is given the Restomod treatment during its restoration process, a completely different beast emerges from the shop. A Camaro Restomod will accelerate significantly more quickly and it can come to a stop in a substantially shorter distance than any factory restored Camaro. A Camaro Restomod can be driven leisurely across the country to the enjoyment of its driver and passengers, but most factory restored Camaros are transported in enclosed trailers from event to event. Which one is more valuable? It all depends on what you value in life.