Classic Recreations expands portfolio with SEMA Camaro

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1968 Camaro CR1 | Photo by Hans Marquez

Classic Recreations, a family-owned business that has specialized in  modifying Ford Mustangs for 15 years, celebrated eight years of showing vehicles  at SEMA by presenting something new: a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro known as the CR1.

“This year is exciting for us because it’s the first unveling of a pro-edition Camaro for us. We want to branch out and appeal to all sorts of different markets,” said Jason Engel, owner of Classic Recreations.

“I have found that everyone appreciates a Shelby, but I wanted to develop something the die-hard Chevy guys could get into and love.”

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Jason Engel, Owner of Classic Recreations standing by the CR1 before the unveiling

Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations plans to develop an old-school Ford Bronco and a Dodge Challenger as upcoming projects.

Engel told Classic Car News that the Camaro was challenging to customize because new parts were not as readily available as is the case for the Mustang. “The Mustang is known for body kits,” he said. “We hunted salvages everywhere,” he said of the C1 project.

According to Engel,  the car was completed  Friday night before the show opened, was loaded into a trailer and driven 17 hours to reach Las Vegas in time for SEMA.. “It’s not the hardest car I have ever built, but it’s in the top ten,” he added.

“Our builds are typically more conservative but we went all out with this one. Its still a production style pro-touring car and its something we will sell multiples of and produce over and over with a variety of colors and options.”

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan