Camaros for SEMA
Classic Industries to Feature Fine Rides
Larry Jewett - September 06, 2013 11:53 AM
The 2013 Classic Industries/OER SEMA display will be hosting two world-class Camaro builds this November. One is a unique 1969 427 Camaro, a collector car built by drag racing pioneer “Mr. Chevrolet” Dick Harrell. The other is a Smokey Yunick-inspired car, a 1968 model built by renowned custom car builder Bodie Stroud for actor/comedian Tim Allen.
The Dick Harrell 1969 427 Camaro, recently added to the Classic Industries collection, left the factory as an SS 396 car. It was immediately sent to the Dick Harrell Performance Center to be upgraded with the best components of the day, including an iron-block 427 with a ZL1-spec camshaft, a set of 4.56 gears, and Lakewood traction bars. This rare 1-of-10 Dick Harrell Camaro represents the pinnacle of late 1960’s Chevrolet performance.
Tim Allen’s Smokey Yunick-inspired 1968 Camaro, built by Bodie Stroud, has been upgraded with the best components available today, including a 505 horsepower LS7 427 V-8, steering and suspension by Detroit Speed, Brembo brakes, and a variety of other subtle custom touches. The end result is Tim Allen’s state-of-the-art interpretation of what hot rod legends such as Smokey Yunick would have done with today’s technology.
“I raced a lot of fine-ass Detroit muscle cars in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but one was a monster, a buddy’s freak stock 327 1968 Camaro,” said Tim Allen. “I loved the look of that body. Now combine that with the subtle features found in the Smokey Yunick Trans Am car, my teenage COPO fantasies and when I heard the sound of the new Chevy 427… this project was hatched.”
“We would like to give a special thanks to Classic Industries,” said Bodie Stroud, “for putting up with us during this build. For our numerous phone calls and their prompt response to ‘we need it pronto!’ It wouldn’t matter what language we said it in, they knew exactly what we meant.”
The project took seven months to build, using hundreds of parts from Classic Industries, including bumpers, spoilers, and many interior specialty items. Classic Industries will host the first public unveiling of the car during the 2013 SEMA show (Booth 23975).