Reviving History: North Carolina’s Tribute to Industrial Heritage with a Custom-Built 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
In a thrilling merge of automotive innovation and local history, Mooresville, North Carolina, now boasts a striking tribute to its industrial roots: a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, uniquely customized by Vinny Giglio. The muscle car, as showcased by AutotopiaLA presenter Shawn, tells a compelling story of how a passion for cars and historical respect can intertwine.
Vinny Giglio, the man behind this brilliant tribute, is the owner of the late-1800s mill located in downtown Mooresville, referred to as Mill One. Vinny acquired the abandoned mill approximately half a decade ago, its history acting as an unexpected muse for his remarkable car build.
The Chevrolet Camaro in question is an homage to both the Mill and the classic muscle car era. The body of this 1967 model, the first model year of the Chevrolet Camaro, was the canvas for this unique tribute. It was subsequently painted in a hue reminiscent of the mill’s brickwork, as well as the arresting Hi Chroma Red of the Kia Stinger, as a nod to modern automaking.
Complementing the vibrant paintwork are racing stripes that mimic the mill’s gray components. Beneath the hood, this powerhouse hosts an LS7 naturally-aspirated engine, which recorded 618 horsepower and 541 lb-ft of torque on the dyno. A Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission efficiently channels the power to the 9-inch rear end.
The Camaro rides on Forgedline DE3S wheels, with 245/35R19 tires in front and 305/35R19 tires at the back. The substantial stopping power of the car is provided by Wilwood brakes.
Vinny’s customization did not stop at the mechanics. Exterior enhancements include a custom grille from Darell Johnson, and striking Vision X headlights. Furthermore, the no-front bumper finish and Infinity custom taillights, which create a captivating 3D effect, lend this historic vehicle a futuristic touch.
Inside, the customizations continue, featuring seats sourced from a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. As a nod to Vinny’s past as an airline pilot, the interior is replete with a World War II airplane cockpit-styled instrument panel. The old school gauges contrast the modern Momo steering wheel, symbolizing a bridge between the past and the present.
While the news that Chevrolet will discontinue the Camaro in 2024 may be disappointing to fans, the Camaro’s legacy, spanning six generations, is far from forgotten. Innovative and passionate enthusiasts like Vinny Giglio are breathing new life into these classic cars, in tributes that represent both local heritage and individual creativity. This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, a testament to Mooresville’s industrial past and Vinny’s personal history, sets a new benchmark for the future of car customization.