This Pro Touring 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Is Primed to Perform
The 1968 Camaro Pro Touring Model Performs Even Better Than It Looks!
Updated September 27, 2018
When it seems that pro touring cars are more about aesthetics than performance, a number like this 1968 Chevrolet Camaro comes along to change your mind. It has already proven itself capable of 10.60 at 130.03 mph and has achieved a 1.56 60-foot time with just the engine, but – with an infusion of nitrous – even better numbers are a sure bet for the future.
This vintage beauty’s owner, Vinnie Allegretta, is an electrical contractor by trade, but he had a dream to take a first-generation Camaro and drive it to its limits. He was largely inspired when he spotted a 1969 Pro Touring Camaro in the garage of one of his clients, Steve Chryssos of Twist Machine. Allegretta and Chryssos became fast friends, and the Pro Touring veteran even helped Vinnie find the base for this 1968 blue devil.
The 1968 Camaro Allegretta ultimately purchased was in rough shape and riddled with rust, but soon Vinnie, Steve, and another Pro Touring enthusiast Luis Grego began transforming it into the car it is today. Little by little, what was once just a hunk of metal with a glimmer of potential had features like American Touring Specialties AFX forged spindles, Wilwood binders, and a RideTech suspension.
The stock 350 small-block engine wasn’t enough to keep Vinnie happy for long, so he soon bought a 496ci big-block engine and a Hughes 4L80E four-speed tranny to replace the TH350 transmission. From there, he turned to the Camaro’s aesthetics, opting for a new paint job in Subaru WRX Blue Pearl with a black stripe for contrast and visual appeal.
Over the years, Vinnie continued to make improvements to the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, always pushing for greater speeds. Now, with a Nitrous Express kit installed, it can get anywhere between a 100 and 300 shot of nitrous power. His latest goal with this setup is to do nine-second straight-line runs, and he is sure to find an even more extreme goal in the future.