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For Sale: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro in Charlotte, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

It's a little hard to classify this incredible second-generation Camaro. Chronicled by prestigious national awards and a roster of magazine features, it's certainly a revered build. Given the car's hot Mast Motorsports LS7, massaged Tremec transmission and full Detroit Speed suspension, it's definitely a first-class pro-tourer. And when it comes to ability, this Chevy is the kind of classic that headlines the meet, dominates the street and slays the track! Looking for some killer American muscle that's both cool and collectible? Check out this exceptional Chevrolet!


Every enthusiast has a vision, but the will to bring that vision to life is what separates casual fans from passionate diehards. It's no secret that serious chutzpah inhabits professional shops, where folks carve a career out of creating exceptional pro-tourers. But this classic, dubbed Brute Force, didn't come from a professional shop... Or people who spend 10 hours a day tweaking cars. Nope. Brute Force, the fourth in a series of nationally acclaimed pro-tourers, was created by privateer Bob Bertelsen in a small, two-stall garage. The build started with a solid, rust-free Camaro that was fully disassembled, mounted to a rotisserie and carefully customized before a full media blast. Choice R-M Brute Force Blue base, sprayed by the pros at Area 51 Autoworx, was custom-mixed 12 times before settling to perfection under a Charcoal stripe, Fire Orange accents and R-M Glamour clear. With glamour came fame, as the car was featured by Tremec, Popular Hot Rodding, Car Craft and the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. And today, this Chevy rolls as a fully sorted tour de force that backs Best of Show honors from both the Holley LS Fest and the Lingenfelter Performance Nationals with World of Wheels Steel City 6 honors, Goodguys Muscle Machine Of The Year honors and a Renegade Award from the Motor State Challenge.

From the very first day automotive artist Jason Rushforth started drawing this Hugger's final design, one thing was certain: every panel on the car would be customized. At the front of this Camaro, hand-fabricated bumpers guard a one-off billet grille that, thanks to water jetting, has been tailored to an extended and reshaped valance. Detroit Speed Bright Driver headlights stretch Charcoal buckets above custom driving lamps that, machined from steel, stylishly mimic non-Rally Sport parking lamps. A hand-fabricated spoiler leads the eye to extended fenders, which incorporate functional heat extractors. Between those fenders, a familiar 'mail slot' intake leads a refashioned hood that, with the help of a second '71 Camaro bonnet, has been fully smoothed. Detroit Speed Selecta-Speed wipers clear flush-mount Pilkington glass, which rides under a notched roof that, like the aforementioned 'mail slot' intake, was lifted straight from the fifth-generation Camaro. Factory mirrors join extended rockers to frame modern Dodge Charger door handles, which shade modern Dodge Charger door handle pockets. Extended quarters hang functional brake ducts around an extended deck that's complete with a custom, roof-matched spoiler. A custom rear valance centers a one-off billet fuel filler between sequential taillights. And a hand-fabricated splitter seamlessly integrates loops for the car's rowdy Flowmaster exhaust.


What good is all that 'show' if you can't back it up with a little 'go'? Wake this coupe's billet hood supports and you'll find a full seven liters of legendary LS glory! Bolted together by the good folks at Texas's Mast Motorsports, that brutal mill utilizes a lightweight LS7 block to twist stout 11.4 to 1 compression into an impressive 650 horsepower. At the top of the all-aluminum beast, a remote filter element feeds a proven GM throttle body that's cinched to a proven GM intake. That intake, wired with requisite electronic fuel injection, feeds CNC-ed Mast Black Label heads that are finished with stainless valves, nitrided springs and smooth roller rockers. Beneath those heads, a forged Callies crank spins Callies H-beam rods and Mahle flat-top pistons at the sides of a hot Mast LS7 427 SS cam. Lubrication is provided by Armstrong Race Engineering dry-sump. Cooling comes courtesy of a big Flex-A-Lite radiator that, along with dual Flex-A-Lite puller fans, surfs a custom core support. A fluid serpentine drive spins a muted alternator opposite a muted AC compressor. And a rhythmic symphony of octane-fueled growls pulses through powder-coated Detroit Speed headers. The car's tidy engine bay impresses, all the way from its custom, billet-trimmed firewall to massive fenders that were hand-fabricated using a technique common to the motorcycle industry. And details like ARP fasteners, color-keyed valve covers and quality Mast Engine Management add both form and function.


The central idea behind the pro-touring movement is updating Golden Age classics with New Age performance and, for many, that whole mindset revolves around a car's powertrain and chassis. But here's the thing: today's technology makes it very easy to create a build that's so focused it's basically unlivable. After all, we presently enjoy an era in which many family sedans can outrun sports cars that were at the top of the game not even 15 years ago. All that said, the builder of this Camaro did an excellent job creating a classic that's not only capable, but also civil. That prowess began with a hydroformed Detroit Speed front-clip, which cages adjustable JRi coil-overs in tubular control arms, sixth-generation Corvette steering knuckles and a splined sway bar. That clip leads a Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear-half, which complements tubular links and trick Baer Trackers with a big Panhard bar, two more JRi coil-overs and a second sway bar. Behind the LS7, a SPEC Stage 3 clutch kicks a Bowler-prepped Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed between a QuickTime bellhousing and a steel SPEC flywheel. That transmission twists a Moser 9-inch axle that's complete with 3.90 gears and a Truetrac differential. Easy turns are a cinch thanks to Detroit Speed power rack-and-pinion steering. Quick stops are a cinch thanks to Baer 6-piston binders, which squeeze 14-inch drilled and slotted rotors. Exhaust tone, like this Chevy's ride, stays joyfully sporty thanks to custom, Jet Hot-coated pipes, which join an H-shaped crossover with Jet Hot-coated Flowmaster 44 mufflers. A custom fuel tank plays well with a CTS-V pump and VaporWorx delivery. Custom floors, altered for the sake of clearance, join Detroit Speed mini tubs to shade Detroit Speed subframe connectors. And at the corners, aggressive Forgeline Center Locks spin 275/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sports in front of 335/30ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sports.


Swing the doors and you'll find a full custom interior that looks more like unattainable SEMA glitz than fully sorted pro-tourer glory. Front and center, shortened Procar buckets stretch tight leather under Simpson camlock harnesses. A custom dash hangs AutoMeter STACK telemetry, complete with built-in tire pressure and temperature monitoring, next to a snazzy Kenwood head unit and Vintage Air Magnum IV climate control. That stereo makes excellent use of American Autowire wiring to bump a series of Alpine speakers and Kenwood subs. At the center of the car, a custom console aligns pushbutton ignition with a billet Bowler shifter, which wears a stainless TWM knob. Custom side panels anchor Fesler handles and Clayton Machine Works cranks around a six-point roll bar. Clean Daytona Carpet frames Clayton Machine Works pedals opposite a suede headliner that's spiced ...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1971 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Listing ID:CC-1522553
  • Price:$154,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Camaro
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:137116
  • VIN:124871N550168
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