A rare moment when the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro “ZR9” is standing still and posing for a glamour shot!   This pro-touring Camaro was a big project, with an all-new body and a MAST Motorsports 840 HP RHS 427 topped with an LS9 supercharger.   It features a full custom leather and carbon fiber interior, Detroit Speed suspension, Forgeline wheels, Magnaflow Exhaust, Baer Brakes, a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed, and a lot more…   but the Jetstream Blue color is one of the highlights.    We were honored to build the car at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, and the owner has had it over 167 MPH on an open road outside of the USA! 

Complete build photo gallery: https://v8speedshop.com/ZR9

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Adding Modern Performance And Handling To A Classic Envelope

This cool yellow 1968 Oldsmobile 442 looks great, but the owner wanted better handling, braking, and comfort, while adding more reliable power and a smoother shifting transmission to the car without sacrificing the classic look. The solution is the installation of at Roadster Shop chassis and an LS3 V8, hooked to a Tremec TKX 5-speed manual transmission.

Restoring As Needed

This 1968 Oldsmobile 442 had been restored once, but we discovered some areas needing attention. We replaced the rusty dashboard and performed some floor pan repairs during the process. The goal was to perform the required tasks without re-restoring the entire car.

Upgrades With Drivability In Mind

The foundation is a Roadster Shop chassis, which is not only stiffer than the original GM chassis, but it also incorporates improved suspension geometry, stroger parts, and spring, shock, and steering technology over 50 years more advanced than the 1968 design. The end result is a car that drives phenomenally well while not losing the original 442 appearance.

LS3 + TKO = Way More Fun!

The nearly 500 HP all-aluminum LS3 V8 engine provides modern and reliable power while saving weight and eliminating old-design leaks. A Tremec TKx 5-speed transmission is able to handle over 600 ft-lbs of torque and adds an overdrive 5th gear, all while capable of 7500+ RPM shifts. It is geared to match the rear axle ratio and power curve of the engine, so the hydraulically-clutched 5-speed adds to the fun while being easy to drive.

Follow The Build

The photos tell the story of how the V8 Speed and Resto Shop team transformed this Olds into a road car that the driver can enjoy all day long. Our team is very experienced in building these type of Pro-Touring Muscle Cars for those who put the emphasis on driving performance. What can we build for you? Contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop today to chat about your dream classic, Hot Rod, or Muscle Car!

This black 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is in for some big upgrades at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, including a Chevrolet Performance supercharged LT5 direct-injected V8 engine! The 775 HP LT5 will be backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission, so it’s sure to be firmly planted in the engine’s powerband all the time. It’s going to be a whole new experience in a muscle car! [wptb id=179251]

Learn more about this car in a recent episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!


There are lots of terms to describe classic and muscle cars these days, especially when it comes to those that have been modified.     In this video, we explore the differences between stock original cars, restored cars, and modified cars… specifically those muscle cars modified in the Resto Mod, Pro Touring, and Pro Street styles.    What are these styles? What does each need to have?   What defines them?   Watch and see.   

Here’s the link to the comparison chart mentioned in the video:

If you’ve got a classic, muscle car, Resto Mod, Pro Touring, or Pro Street car that needs some modifications or performance improvements, we’re happy to chat about it!   You can reach us at www.v8speedshop.com today.  


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Thanks to Street Muscle Magazine for their feature on the ’69 Camaro we updated in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop with parts from Detroit SpeedBaer BrakesCurrie EnterprisesFORGELINEHolley Performance ProductsToyo TiresAutoMeter Products, Inc., and more! #protouring #69Camaro #v8speedshopTo better handle the 540 BBC’s power, V8 Speed and Resto Shop added a total Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension and front subframe, wheel tubs, a Currie Enterprises rear axle, Forgeline wheels, and Toyo Tires.