The fifth-generation Camaro has proven to be wildly popular, especially with those looking to take advantage of the slick proportions to make them look even better than stock. Since these cars have come out, we have seen countless Pro Touring or “go-fast”–style versions, but I had something a little different in mind: a super clean, slicked-out, black, hot rod cruiser. I mean the roof already looks chopped — perfect for a hot rod theme. We need some classic hot rod–styled wheels with knock off caps in staggered big ‘n‘ little fashion, and a slammed-but-raked stance. The body is cleaned up with shaved door handles, the fake vent indents in the quarter panels are smoothed over, and the large mirrors are swapped out with sleek custom versions. The front lower grille opening is modified with a polished surround molding, and the driving lights are reduced in size for a slightly more sophisticated look. The main grille is replaced with black horizontal elements with a polished surround molding and center spear that overlaps the headlights. I figured a few hot rod louvers wouldn’t hurt, so I put some a couple rows up on the cowl hood. Super wet-looking black paint, red interior, and some red pinstriping will finish it off nicely.

That was fun!