HomePick of the DayBitchin' Camaro! Resto-mod '70 coupe has big-block V8, driving upgrades

Bitchin’ Camaro! Resto-mod ’70 coupe has big-block V8, driving upgrades


The Pick of the Day is a car that the Dead Milkmen could have had in mind when they recorded their 1985 hit

When Bill Mitchell and his team were looking for inspiration for a followup design to their wildly popular 1967-69 pony car, the legendary GM executive encouraged study of Italian design – Pininfarina to be exact. What resulted was a beefy-looking, racy-stance, 2+2 with a split bumper and a big Barchetta smile.

So outstanding was the F2 that the basic body style and chassis that, with minor styling changes, would be built for the next twelve years! It handled relatively well, too.

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro resto-mod coupe in SS trim offered by a dealer in Rancho Cordova, California. The Cranberry and Pearl White stripes give this car a very racy, original SS look. According to the dealer, there have only been a few miles since the restoration of the original car, which included rebuilding the 396cid V8/Turbo-Hydromatic 400 drivetrain and adding improvements in handling and stopping components.

Interestingly, in 1970 the displacement of the big-block V8 was actually a 6.6-liter 402, but budget-minded GM decided not to change the 396 badging from the 1969 trim.

The car features factory air conditioning, power steering, Wilwood power disc brakes front and rear; adjustable coilovers; Chassisworks 4-Link rear end; Chassisworks Fab9 rear end housing; CPP tubular control arms; aluminum radiator with dual fans; Holley 750cfm carburetor; vintage style stereo with  auxiliary input; Rockford Fosgate speakers; tilt steering column; 18-inch Intro wheels and beefy BF Goodrich tires.

In 1972, Disney World opened to great fanfare, and lucky 4-year-old Tommy got to go. My parents made the long trip from Morton Grove, Illinois, on the edge of Chicago to Orlando, Florida, and back in a 1970 Camaro — in Rally Sport trim. It was Butternut Yellow with a black landau top and a 350ci V8.

For the entirety of the trip, which included stops in Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Atlanta, Georgia, I sat on a pile of phone books in the back seat and looked out the window at America in a simple-yet-similarly tumultuous time.

For the asking price of $49,988, you too could get that feeling again.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


  1. I had a car like this once. I found mine in a field beside someones house way out in the country and paid $500 for it. It was stock with a terrible 305 engine in it. It did run, but my friend and I gutted it and came out with a car like this except it wasn’t an SS. First thing I got rid of was the engine and put a 350 in it. When completed, mine was a babe magnet, but it was pretty fast, too.
    Due to family pressure, I got rid of it and I still regret that to this day.

  2. I do not have a “never should have sold it story”. In 1975 When I was 19 I purchased my all original 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 2-door hardtop Bahama Yellow on black 440 6-barrel, 4 speed. It clocked in the 13s in street tires with the air cleaner removed. I gutted it and restored it in 1983 when I could purchase everything I needed from the dealer (example: new carpeting). I 2014 I hired a local Mopar shop to repaint it, pull/paint the engine and compartment and generally freshen her up. In have been enjoying her big block rumble and G forces for 45 years.


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