The words “pro-touring” and “resto-mod” are thrown around a lot these days, but I don’t think that either of those terms adequately describe the amount of work that has gone into this car. “Re-engineered” might be a better way to describe it.
I first spotted this car at the 2012 SEMA Cruise. I didn’t see it on the show floor and I had no idea who had built this incredible car. Imagine my surprise when 3 months and 300 miles later, I found myself standing in front of the same car once again at Barrett-Jackson 2013! Now that I’ve identified it, let me tell you a little more about the car.
Every good pro-touring machine starts with a solid foundation. In this case, an Art Morrison tube chassis provides strength while a Corvette C5 front suspension and a 9″ Ford rear end help the car stay planted. Gigantic Wilwood brakes provide the stopping power to bring the custom one-off 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels to a halt.
Nearly every body panel has been modified in some way, which gives the car a very unique look. Take the roof for example. Rather than install a moonroof or a sliding ragtop, the team cut away over 90% of the roof and fitted a custom-formed piece of Lexan. This clear plastic is notable for its strength and light weight – making it the perfect material for a panoramic roof!
The front and rear of the car have also been completely restyled with a modern look and materials. There are one-off LED signals and lights. The exterior is painted with a custom color called “Root Beer.”
Inside, the dashboard has also been modernized and uses lots of high quality materials. You would never guess that this interior was in a car that’s 44 years old!
Although a lot of time was spent on the car’s styling, this is still a muscle car and it can roast the tires with the best of ’em thanks to its ZZ454 big block crate motor. The 440 horsepower beast breathes through a Tri-Power carburetor setup and transfers its power to the road by way of a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission.
Building a car like this takes more than just a shop and a pile of money. You could buy all the best parts and tools and still not have a car that looks this good. To build a car like this, you need the eye of an artist and the skills of a master fabricator.
As any shop owner will tell you, it is incredibly difficult to find guys who can visualize body lines and shapes that have not existed before, except in their own imagination. That’s where Eric Brockmeyer came in. It’s also a real challenge to turn those drawings into reality, which is where Greening Auto Company came in. Finally, you have to have the cash to make it happen. That’s where Dale Stuban came in. Building a car like this requires all three elements working together in harmony, which is exactly what happened here.
Altogether, over 10,000 hours of labor has gone into this creation. The car sold for $165,000 at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.