Bruce Barch of Syracuse, New York, had an ultra-rare '67 Z/28 that he ended up selling in the 1980s. You've heard the same line over and over, but here it is again: he wished he hadn't sold it. Nearly 20 years later, he found this particular Camaro listed in the newspaper classifieds. The ad read '67 RS/SS, big-block, and automatic. This was perfect for him. His wife Suzie even needed to have it. She always wanted a '67 Z/28, but couldn't drive the four-speed, making this one more ideal. The body was in great shape, already painted with Viper blue. It was obvious the progress had stopped there with the previous owner because the rubbing compound was still all over the car. Trim pieces were missing, the interior hadn't gotten any attention, and the engine bay was a mess. Bruce has spent a lot of time reading magazines and checking out cars, so he had his parts list all ready for his mechanic best friend to start work. Together, they whipped it into shape. As with all projects, they are never over. The next item to change will be the factory rearend, which will be replaced with a new Moser or Currie unit.

Car owner: Bruce and Suzie Barch; Syracuse, NY
Photographer: Bruce Barch
Camera: n/a
Photo location: owner’s backyard
Engine: 460ci big-block Chevy
Cylinder heads: factory oval-port
Camshaft: COMP Cams solid .561-inch lift,
  236 degrees duration at .050-inch lift
Intake: Edelbrock Performer
Carb/induction: 850-cfm Holley
Ignition: MSD ignition control box, distributor,
  and coil, GMPP wires and loom kit
Transmission: Turbo 400 with mild shift kit
Cooling: Be Cool polished radiator,
  dual Spal 11-inch fans,
  EMP Stewart Components
  aluminum water pump
Rearend model & gearing: GM 12-bolt, 3.73 gears,
  Moser C-clip eliminator axles
Suspension/brakes: aftermarket upper and
  lower control arms, coilovers, sway bar,
  AGR variable-ratio steering box, aftermarket leaf
  springs, QA1 rear shocks, and subframe connectors,
  SSBC front disc with 9-inch vacuum booster
Body & paint: Viper blue
Wheels: Boyd Coddington Junk Yard Dog
  17x7- and 17x8-inch
Tires: BFGoodrich KDW 235/45-17 and 255/45-17
Built by: Owner and best friend
Years owned: 3 years
Cost to build: $35,000

This is one special Riviera. Adam bought it as an all-original, no-rust, 25,000-mile, 401 nailhead car. It was complete with all the factory brightwork and in immaculate condition. Wanting to preserve the original looks of the car, Adam didn't go bonkers with body mods, and chose a classic black finish. Pinto's Paintworks put countless hours into priming and blocking. When the primer was finally ready for paint, it got five coats of black and eight coats of clear, and was left to cure in the hot Nevada sun for three weeks. The result was the deep gloss finish you see here. The interior got a lot of attention as well. The seats and door panels were re-covered in leather, and sewn to match the factory stitching. This car screams luxury. On the console, you can plainly see an impressive stereo display, and Vintage Air's A/C control unit. Doesn't make us feel so bad that they drove around Las Vegas for hours to find a spot to take pictures.

Car owner: Adam Bonadi; Henderson, NV
Photographer: Adam Bonadi
Camera: Canon
Photo location: Dragon Ridge golf course
Engine: 427ci LS7 Chevy
Cylinder heads: factory LS7
Camshaft: factory LS7
Intake: factory LS7
Carb/induction: factory LS7
Ignition: factory LS7
Transmission: 4L80E automatic, 2,800-stall converter
Rearend model & gearing: 9-inch Ford housing
  with 3.73 gears
Suspension/brakes: Air Ride springs
  with Hotchkis control arms,
  six-piston Wilwood disc
Body & paint: by Pinto’s Paintworks
Wheels: Boyd Coddington Harm
  19x9- and 20x10-inch
Peak hp: 547 hp
Built by: owner and Pintos Paintworks
Years owned: 7 years
Cost to build: $100,000