Detroit Speed, ironically based in North Carolina, is known for its high quality restomod builds. The AutotopiaLA YouTube channel just featured a Detroit Speed Camaro project and it’s the thing of dreams. An LS7 engine, with classic sheetmetal looks, modernized inside and out. Sophisticated suspension and brakes. It’s the thing of dreams.
The build started life about 10 years ago as a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, and much of it is modified. Most impressive is what lies under the hood. Any LS7 is a mighty thing, but this one is even more special. It’s a Mast Black Label motor, and the 7.0 liter V8 produces near enough 700 hp through Mast’s Black Label cylinder heads and Detroit Speed custom headers leading to a Borla exhaust. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a Dodge Viper six speed manual. Unsurprisingly, the glorious sound the Camaro makes is a highlight of the video.
Handling is drastically improved, too. It’s got Detroit Speed’s signature HydroForm subframe up front, and a quadralink subframe setup in the rear. All four corners use grey Forgeline wheels with a chrome lip, and beefy six piston Baer brakes with 14 inch rotors.
The interior also received a thorough rework when it was built around 10 years ago. The terra-cotta leather interior looks great accented against the black exterior. The Recaro bucket seats and roll cage also increase the performance orientation of this Camaro restomod. The gauges are classic Stewart Warner gauges, and tie in with the owner’s NASCAR family heritage.
Even though this Detroit Speed Camaro is seven years old, it looks as fresh as any other classic muscle restomod we’ve covered recently. It’s also great to see the owner doesn’t treat it as a garage queen, as the owner takes it back and forth from Massachusetts and Florida. At the time of filming, the ’69 Camaro was in the Detroit Speed shop for basic mechanical maintenance, and we are so happy to get an in depth look at it.