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The 1969 Chevy Camaro ‘Fenix’ is an 1,180-HP Custom Showstopper

Photos: Sean Smith Designs

Born into a family of mechanics and gearheads, Sean Smith currently stands as one of the most celebrated muscle car concept artists currently working, with the formally-trained designed having penned cars for a slew of high-profile custom outfits including Ringbrothers, SpeedKore and, Salvaggio Design. For Smith’s latest one-off work, he’s designed a heavily-modified 1969 Chevrolet Camaro dubbed the “Fenix.”

Photo: Sean Smith Designs

Designed by Sean Smith and built by Driven Speed Shop, the entire project has been constructed around a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis that’s been paired with RS Fast Track front suspension with C7 Corvette spindle and hub assemblies, Roadster Shop RS SV by Fox fixed valve coilovers, and 1.25” splined front sway bar with C7 end-links. Under the hood, the custom now packs a Wegner Motorsports supercharged 427 (7.0-liter) LS7 V8 engine that’s been mated to a Tremec T56 six-speed from RPM Transmissions and tuned to put down 1,180 horsepower at the wheels. Braking hardware comes in the form of six-piston Baer calipers chomping down on 14” rotors fore and aft.

Photo: Sean Smith Designs

Sporting a heavily modernized aehtic, the exterior of the Chevy now spots custom front and rear ends with bespoke aero pieces, a custom grille, front spitter and valance, a 3D-printed trunk spoiler, billet head and taillights with custom lenses, and a custom silver paint job courtesy of Kandy Shop Creations. The build rides on a set of 18×9″ front, 19×12″ rear HRE RS103 two-piece wheels with HRE FMR barrels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. Benefitting from 3D modeling, the interior has been trimmed in Charcoal Grey and Creme leather with matte Liquid Mercury painted accents and features a slew of G3D components including a machined dashboard, door panels and center console, plus custom seats by Sew Cal with custom stitching from AUD. 

Photo: Sean Smith Designs

Sean Smith Designs’ 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ‘Fenix’ build was publicly unveiled last week at the 2023 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.