If Looks Could Kill: Pro-Touring 1969 Pontiac Firebird

If you’re not familiar with the Pro-Touring, by now, you should be. This movement is not a new one. In 1992, Mark Stielow, a former GM Program Engineering Manager, decided to mix new technology with a vintage ’69 Camaro to race in the One Lap Of America in 1993. This car was a hit, and Stielow built a number of wicked Camaros over the years. While all of Stielow’s builds were, and still are amazing, he started a movement that captivated the audience that repurposed classic cars.

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It’s safe to say that Pro-Touring is alive and well. The Optima Ultimate Street Car Association races are always packed with a variety of these modern vintage machines. They’re also popular with car builders and enthusiasts alike.

Recently we ran across this stunning 1969 Pontiac Firebird that was featured on YouTube by Shutterfuel. The car was built by two brothers, Perry and Terry Dillingham. Their vehicle, Titanium, is a killer looking street machine that encompasses a modern Pro-Touring build.

The stance on Titanium is superb, with the car hammered to the ground, thanks to a custom tube chassis built by the Chassis Stop. The unique frame utilizes front end components off a C5 Corvette with a 4-link Ford 8.8 rear suspension and coilover shocks. A set of CCW wheels in 18×10-inches on the front wrapped in 275/35/18f tires and a pair of 18×12-inches with massive 345/35/18r on the rear give this Pontiac a sinister look.

The exterior of the car looks like it came straight from the factory. However, you will notice subtle changes under the hood and in on the interior of the vehicle. A 6.0-liter Gen III LS was used to power the F-body that’s mated to a Bowler built 4L80E transmission with a 2800 stall convertor. Gear selection is handled by a unique looking Kilduff Machine Lightning Rod shifter.

Currently, the engine in Titanium cranks out about 500 horsepower, but the brothers have some upgrades planned for the future. Modifications will include a Lingenfelter built short block, CNC ported heads, custom ground camshaft. The team will also upgrade the to a 2,800-3,000 billet torque convertor from Circle D Specialties.

We love everything about this car and the Pro-Touring movement. It combines the best of both worlds, classic styling mixed with modern performance and handling.

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A gearhead for life, Brian is obsessed with all things fast. Banging gears, turning wrenches, and praying while spraying are just a few of his favorite things.
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