Video: This 1969 Pro Daily Camaro Rocks In a Subtle Way

Check out this 1969 “Pro Daily” Camaro. It’s not quite a “Pro Touring” or “Pro Street” vehicle, and it’s definitely not your average daily driver. It’s got the power that hot rodders want, but it remains true to its roots and is still a car that is fun and enjoyable to drive on a daily basis.

If one word were used to describe this 1969 Pro Daily Camaro, it would be subtle. Screenshots from video

If one word had to be used to describe this 1969 Pro Daily Camaro, it would be subtle.

Check out the Camaro forums online and you’re sure to see a number of people telling you that you’ve got to stick an LS engine in your Gen 1 Camaro. The problem for many is, the LS engine is fuel injected, and fuel injection was very rare back when these cars were first built. Many feel that if you want to stay true to the car’s roots, you’ve got to have a carburetor. Sure, you can build an LS engine that will easily deliver around 1,000 hp, but that isn’t true to the car’s heritage, because to some, it is still an EFI engine.

Subtlety is key. Take the LS grille that was installed slightly differently from stock.

Subtlety is key. Check out the grille. It’s slightly different from stock.

This 1969 Camaro has more than enough power to satisfy your right foot. The 383 stroker under the hood puts out 500 hp, and 515 lb-ft. of torque. Ride quality and handling were greatly improved by the installation of a Ride Tech airbag system that allows you to power in and out of corners with ease.

The only part of the car lacking in subtlety is the 383 stroker. Open it up and you know it's there.

The only part of the car lacking in subtlety is the 383 stroker. Push the “go” pedal, and you know it’s there.

The exterior of this 1969 Camaro has received a number of treatments to enhance the looks and let it ride better. Take the grille for example. A late-model Camaro grille was modified and then recessed into the front of the car.

Its lines are sleek, sexy, and subtle.

Its lines are sleek, sexy, and subtle.

The builders did not slap-on fender flares to clear the over-sized tires, either. The front fenders received a subtle stretching of about 2 inches, while the rear fenders were flared about 3 inches. To match the flares, the doors and quarters were slightly stretched. The end result is a Camaro that has a Trans Am feel to it.

It looks different, but unless you're a Camaro expert, you can't quite put your finger on what it is.

It looks different, but unless you’re a Camaro expert, you can’t quite put your finger on what it is.

The interior was upgraded with the same theme of subtlety. Instead of sticking something like Recaro buckets up front, they kept the stock bucket seats, but added some bolstering to make the car more comfortable to drive, and then covered the seats with hounds tooth fabric.

Overall, the package is not overpowering to the senses, and blends a great deal of vintage with modern styling. This is definitely a great Camaro that fits the Pro Daily mantra.

About the author

Mike Aguilar

Mike has been wrenching on cars since the early 1970s when he worked at his dad's auto repair shop. By the age of 14 Mike had built his first performance suspension, and by 16 he had built, and was racing cars in several sanctioned events in the San Francisco bay area.
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