Watch Jay Leno Drive This Custom 1,000-HP 1969 Chevy Camaro
The attention to detail on this build is almost disturbing.
Simply throwing a massive motor and better brakes into an old muscle car is a semi-decent formula for bringing a classic back to life, but there's something about a completely detail-oriented retro-mod build that really gets the blood flowing. And it's hard to find a better example of that sort of breed than the flawlessly fixed-up '69 Camaro seen here in the most recent Jay Leno's Garage video.
In this 26-minute clip, Leno walks around and drives a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro G-Code, custom-built by Jim and Mike Ring of the Ring Brothers custom car shop. This is the same car that won the "Best Chevy" award at SEMA, and with good reason. Attention to detail appears to have been the name of the game when these brothers were putting this thing together. And if that weren't enough to make the car cool as ice, the builders claim the car's supercharged 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine is good for almost 1,000 horsepower
Early on in the video, Leno expressed how pleased he was with the fact that it's still obvious the car is actually a 1969 Camaro. "I hate it when a car has changed so much I can't even tell what it was originally," he said. "I love the fact that you kept the integrity of it."
So to sum things up, it has modern bits and pieces deep within—but from the outside, there are clear signs that it's a classic Camaro...that took more than 5,000 hours to rebuild and perfect. The end result is one hell of a muscle car that leaves us damned jealous of both Leno and whomever the car's owner is.
Check out the video below.