A More Retro Camaro: When Factory Vintage Isn't Enough

By Joe Bruzek  on October 24, 2012

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For those who don't think the 2010 and newer Camaros are retro enough, the performance gurus at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering offer a throwback package that will make people look twice and ask if that's a brand-new or 1969 Camaro. It's a car show mind-bender for sure.

Lingenfelter offers two packages for the front styling conversion — one with the classic RS hideaway headlights shown in the pictures here and another with 1969-style non-RS fixed front headlights. The vintage RS conversion looks great in person; I got to see one of Lingenfelter's Camaros with the kit on Hot Rod Magazine's Power Tour this summer. I did a double-take because that "1969" Camaro looked a lot bulkier than all the other first-generation Camaros I saw that day.

The unique front styling will run $6,850 for a non-RS and do-it-yourself installation and $8,500 if you bring the car to Lingenfelter in Decatur, Ind. An RS package costs $8,150 for parts and $9,750 installed. A full parts content list is below, which doesn't include the slick 20-inch rally-style wheels pictured. 

Do you think the already throwback Camaro needs to be even more retro? 

The non-RS system includes:

  • Front fascia
  • Lower spoiler
  • Standard chrome bumper
  • Grille assembly with SS badge
  • Two headlight assemblies
  • Two lower running light assemblies
  • All required mounting brackets
  • Wiring harness assembly
The RS system includes:
  • Front fascia
  • Lower spoiler
  • Standard chrome bumper
  • Grille assembly with SS badge
  • Two headlight assemblies with doors and motors
  • Two lower running light assemblies
  • All required mounting brackets
  • Wiring harness assembly
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Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  Email Joe