There are a number of companies that offer aftermarket upgrade ladder frame chassis for vintage muscle cars like the Chevy Camaro and Corvette, with Roadster Shop among the most well-known. Thanks to Roadster Shop’s expertise, muscle car owners can give their classic the ride quality and handling performance of a modern-day sports car whilst retaining an OEM-like factory look.
It can be hard to convey just how much of a difference an aftermarket chassis like this can make in an older vehicle, so for a recent promotional video uploaded to its YouTube page, Roadster Shop decided to compare a 1969 Chevy Camaro equipped with its ‘SPEC’ aftermarket chassis to a bone stock ’69 Camaro COPO replica.
Roadster Shop’s SPEC chassis comes with laser-cut frame rails, front coilover suspension with Fox RS SV shocks, four-link rear suspension and a Ford nine-inch rear end. The lighter frame has the same factory mounts as the OEM chassis for easy installation and requires no floor or body modifications whatsoever.
In addition to this advanced new chassis, the Chevy Camaro in Roadster Shop’s promo video also features a 6.2L LS3 V8 engine and a 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission. The Fathom Green-painted coupe also rides on old school-looking Forgeline alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
Not surprisingly, the Roadster Shop-prepared Camaro in the video has superior ride quality and less body roll than the ’69. Despite these significant improvements, it’d be hard for passersby to tell that the Fathom Green car has an aftermarket chassis. The chassis does give the Camaro a lower 7.25-inch ride height, but apart from this small change, it looks mostly stock.
One downside of an upgrade like this is that it can take away from the original character of the first-generation Chevy Camaro. Many enthusiasts would say the soft suspension and indirect steering are all part of the fun of driving a classic car such as this, after all. For owners who want to take their cars out on the track or on longer drives, though, switching to an aftermarket chassis may be seen as a necessary step.
Hear what Roadster shop has to say about its SPEC chassis for the first-generation Chevy Camaro in the video below.