PAINTING THE TOWN RED: See this 1973 Camaro Z/28 RS in New Orleans


Written by Nicole Ellan James


In the colorful landscape of automotive history, the second-generation Camaro emerges as one of the best-styled American performance cars from the early 1970s. With a nod to Ferrari’s design ethos, this American icon flaunts distinctive features like an egg-crate grille that thrusts forward, commanding attention wherever it goes. The gracefully flowing lines of the sleek, fastback-style rear create a perpetual dance of motion even when the car stands still. Engineered by Chevrolet’s visionary designers, this fusion of allure and agility transforms the Camaro into a coveted treasure among enthusiasts and muscle car aficionados alike – especially those who understand the process of customizing a beauty like this.

As if brushed by the hand of speed itself, the 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS custom coupe, selling with No Reserve during the inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction, September 28-30, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is a stroke in an aura of velocity, ready to paint the town red.

At the heart of this Camaro is a meticulously blueprinted and supercharged 427ci LS V8 engine, a symphony of power harmoniously conducted by a TREMEC T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission. This grand performance yields an awe-inspiring 822 horsepower at the crank, echoed by 793 ft/lbs of torque. It’s a display of extraordinary automotive capabilities.

The transmission blends with a Centerforce clutch and seamlessly integrated hydraulic clutch assembly, orchestrating a  transfer of power down the driveshaft. The result? A dance of performance where every move is guided by a posi-traction-equipped Ford 9-inch rear end, equipped with a 3.50 gear arrangement for stability and unwavering grip.

As the performance reaches its peak, a hydro-boost master cylinder commands a standing ovation with its robust stopping power. The performance is elevated further by the 14-inch Wilwood disc brakes at each corner, an ensemble that refines control, ensuring every movement is delivered as desired.

Beneath the car is Chris Alston’s Chassisworks front frame and rear suspension system, which lays the foundation for impeccable handling and harmonious movements. A Wegner pulley system adds an exquisite note of enhanced performance while the mechanics resonate with precision, guided by an intricate network of stainless steel and braided lines, along with an American Auto wiring system.

Adorned with Schott wheels and Toyo tires, the Camaro’s stance is ready to take on any road with confidence. Crafted by the artisans at Classic Performance, LLC, the 6-year journey to customize it was meticulously navigated. Finished in House of Kolor Silver under Burgundy paint, polished to brilliance with an R&M clear coat finish, it’s an artistic expression that transcends the test of time. Even the functional becomes an art form, with Eddie Motorsports hood hinges adding a touch of elegance to practicality.

Within, the interior is expertly tailored by Jeff Elwood, a composition of red and gray leather that harmonizes with the exterior. A symphony of modern convenience and classic aesthetics takes form through Dakota Digital gauges, a Vintage Air system and an Ididit steering column.

The Camaro embodies performance that leaves an indelible mark, an orchestration of speed, style and sheer excellence that paints the town red, an everlasting symphony of automotive brilliance. Register to bid today for your chance to take this beauty home.

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Title: PAINTING THE TOWN RED: See this 1973 Camaro Z/28 RS in New Orleans
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Published Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2023 18:49:31 +0000


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