For most enthusiasts, building a precisely tailored dream car is normally a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The demands on your time, tools, and talent along with the strain on your checkbook make it as rare as it is exciting. For others however, it happens with some regularity. Builders in the custom car business know that the best way to showcase the talents of the shop is to create a rolling calling card. Their high-performance works of art attract attention everywhere they go and give potential customers a detailed look at both the imagination and craftsmanship of the team. That’s the way it works at Classic Muscle Motor Company (CMMC) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Owner Paul Newman has created numerous automotive works of art over the years, each enjoyed for a while and then sold to fund the next shop project. This elegant Pro Touring 1969 Camaro is the latest example.
Paul found the car locally about four years ago. It needed quarter-panels and a lot of careful sheetmetal work to bring the body to the point where customizing could begin. Paul likes starting with a blank slate. It gives him the opportunity to apply creativity to every inch, whether it’s a distinctive overhead console, an ignition switch concealed in the ashtray, or squeezing in ultra-wide tires without eliminating the back seat. The underlying goal for the Camaro was a combination of subtlety and innovation that displayed the talents of the CMMC team.
The first step always deals with suspension changes, establishing a solid platform for everything that follows. Paul’s ’69 uses a Detroit Speed triangulated four-link in the rear, Corvette tubular A-arms up front, and QA1 coilovers all around. Enhanced stopping power was assured with 13-inch Wilwood drilled and slotted rotors combined with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston versions in the rear. CMMC prefers a Hydroboost setup with a Wilwood master cylinder and PSC reservoir to ensure fade-free braking. Selecting the correct wheel design is crucial since it impacts as much on performance as it does on styling. Paul chose Billet Specialties B-Forged three-piece rims, 18x9 front and 18x12 in the rear. Created with a black inner, a black center, and a polished outer, they are part of the car’s aggressive image. BFGoodrich g-Force Rival rubber gets the power to the ground.
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