1969 Camaro Convertible by Goolsby Customs

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your textbook example of a pro-touring build done right. Start with a classic body style, add modern power and handling, and you’ve got yourself a rockin’ muscle car that turns heads as well as corners.

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible was built for the Lokar Performance Products booth at SEMA 2013 by Goolsby Customs of Bessemer, Alabama.

Like any good muscle car, the Lokar Camaro is putting plenty of power down with an LS3 V8 engine from Mast Motorsports. Gears are shifted manually with a Tremec T-56 transmission, which puts the driver in complete control of the machine.

But this car is more than just a quarter-mile champion – it’s a pro-touring ride that was built to take corners better than it ever could from the factory. Ride and handling is greatly improved thanks to a FastTrack chassis from The Roadster Shop.

The car has C6 front suspension with Afco coilovers and a four-link in the rear. Braking force is applied generously to all four corners with a set of Baer disc brakes. And let’s not forget the car’s huge contact patch with the road, thanks to its 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels from Nutek.

Back in its day, the idea of making a pro-touring car out of a convertible would have been just plain silly. The car’s chassis would flex too much to withstand the forces of cornering and weight transfer for more than a few races. Thanks to modern technology, Goolsby Customs has transformed this drop-top Camaro into something it never was: a g-machine for real performance enthusiasts.

For all of its changes underneath, the car looks surprisingly normal on the inside. With Classic Instruments gauges and a Vintage Air A/C system, this is a car that can be a daily driver at a moment’s notice.

What stands out about this car is that it’s not as overdone as other show cars. There’s no airbrushed dashboard or polished driveshaft or stereo system that’s louder than a nightclub. There’s nothing wacky or tacky about the car as a whole, and I like that.

Engine and Driveline
Mast Motorsports 414cid LS3 V8 engine – 545hp
Tremec T-56 transmission
American Powertrain Science Friction clutch
Dynatech headers
Billet Specialties Tru Trac accessory drive

Brakes, Wheels, and Suspension
The Roadster Shop FastTrack chassis
Corvette C6 front spindles w/tubular control arms, Afco billet coilovers
Triangulated four-link rear suspension
Narrowed Ford 9″ rear end
Baer 6-piston caliper disc brakes
Nutek 19×10 (front) and 20×12 (rear) wheels

Body and Exterior
Detroit Speed and Engineering wheel tubs
Custom fit front and rear bumpers
Lokar pressure-sensitive door handles w/Cadillac CTS electric actuators

Interior by M and M Hot Rods
Vintage Air
Classic Instruments custom gauges