This reinvented 1969 muscle car has to be one of the finest builds we have ever seen at SEMA.
Last month, we were teased with the news that a collection of American classics from Ringbrothers would take the stage at SEMA this year. We have now been shown the first of the batch, which is yet another breathtaking 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, this time dubbed the Strode. The Ringbrothers spared no expense when it came to putting this together, and the details certainly prove that.
For the body, the customization firm opted for a bespoke carbon fiber body shell that sits five inches wider than the original car. It appears to be even more advanced than that used on the current Chevrolet Camaro. To create a more imposing stance, the rocker panels have been lowered while the center of the roof is recessed for that double-bubble effect. For improved breathing, the hood has been lengthened and fitted with relocated air intake vents. Carbon fiber is also used for custom fender scoops, front and rear bumpers, diffusers, valances, and a trunk spoiler.
For a clean overall look, the Ringbrothers opted to paint the Strode in BASF Glasurit Ghost White paint, while the interior gets a contrasting orange leather finish supplied by Upholstery Unlimited that suits the exterior accents. Modern technological features include a JL Audio speaker system, Dakota Digital gauges, and a climate control HVAC system sourced from Vintage Air. The roll cage is included for the safety of the driver and passenger and takes up the space of the rear seats, transforming the muscle car into a two-seater.
The Strode isn't all just for show, as a 1,010-horsepower Wegner Motorsport LS3 V8 coupled with a Whipple supercharger and Holley Dominator fuel injection has been installed under the hood. This power is sent to the rear wheels via a Tremec T-56 Mangum six-speed manual transmission. A hand-built set of headers and Flowmasters mufflers add to the muscular aural experience.
In a bid to improve handling, Ringbrothers has installed a nine-inch rear differential and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires to the HRE Ringbrothers G-Code Edition wheels. The fully independent suspension is fitted with special coilovers and a hydroformed subframe to keep it agile through the apexes while stopping power is provided by Baer Brakes.
Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring reveals that thousands of hours were put into the creation of the meticulous take of the iconic muscle car and promises that there has "never been another Camaro like it." We'd argue that it's even more impressive than Kindred's electric Camaro from a couple of months ago, and we'd happily take this example home rather than its modern successor.