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1969 CR1 Camaro: A Turnkey Pro-Touring Dream Car

Taking on a more subtle approach compared to other custom Chevrolet Camaros at the 2015 SEMA show, the Classic Recreations 1969 Camaro sticks more to its roots.

Dubbed the “blue pill” with its custom shade of matte blue metallic paint from BASF Glasurit, this 1969 Camaro sticks out. But, the exterior keeps things relatively retro with both restored and new panels from Dynacorn. Out back there’s a CR Supercars rear spoiler and Eddie Motorsports billet taillight frames. Up front there’s a CR Supercars front fascia along with PIAA driving lights. Finishing off the exterior are simple five-spoke Forgeline wheels with blue trim on the edges wrapped in BFGoodrich Rival tires (275/35/18 in the front and 335/30/18 out back).

Under the CR1 Camaro’s striped hood, things aren’t so retro. Behold Chevrolet’s LS7 7.0L crate engine pumping out a whopping 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. All that power is mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission with a Centerforce clutch.

Other mods under the hood include a Concept One pulley system, custom long tube headers and three-inch mandrel bent exhaust pipes with MagnaFlow mufflers to give the blue pill the muscular sound it deserves.

Underneath, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks heavily modified this Camaro to give it modern-race-car handling. Mods include a tubular a-arm front suspension, four-link rear suspension system, large sway bars and power steering. Wilwood six piston calipers with 14-inch rotors are responsible for stopping this monster.

Inside, CR Supercars kept the look of a 1969 Camaro dashboard and threw in some modern goodies. One of the most prominent features is the blue eight point roll cage for added rigidity (and because racecar). Other features include beautiful Procar Evolution seats with five point camlock harnesses, a Flaming River leather steering wheel and custom gauges with a 200 mph speedometer (yikes) from the folks at Classic Instruments. Modern accouterments include an Old Air Products A/C system and a JVC CD player with Bluetooth connectivity paired to Kicker component speakers.

The CR1 Camaro made its official debut at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It starts at $149,900.

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