Recipe for the perfect muscle car?

What is the perfect muscle car? Ask anyone, and you wil probably come up with a different answer. Ford guys swear it’s the old Mustang. Mopar guys say there’s nothing better than an old Charger. A Chevy fan might offer up a Camaro or Chevelle. These models, plus a thousand others would be perfectly acceptable answers. How do we find some common ground?

The Sickness - 1967 Chevelle OCD Customs

Well, now days, a classic car has come to mean more than just an old car. There are modified classics, originals, hot rods, and many other forms. Perhaps one of the truest forms of an old classic car can be found in the pro-touring world. What is pro- touring? Pro-touring is where modifications are done to a car, with the sole purpose of function; that is, performance driving. From the high performance engine to an overdrive transmission, everything on a car was done for the purpose to make it the best driving and handling version of itself possible.

67 chevelle engine

One of the best examples I have ever seen is this 1967 Chevelle SS, build by Derek at OCD Customs. It sports an Art Morrison frame, 572 Chevy engine, and 5 speed manual overdrive transmission. You would be hard pressed to fins any faults in this car. Zach Isaacson’s photos do it justice. Introducing The Sickness.

1967 Chevelle - The Sickness OCD Customs Spokane

This ’67 Chevelle has several subtle modifications that would go unnoticed by even the most astute muscle car enthusiast. Unless it is sitting side by side with a bone stock 1967 Chevelle, you’re not really supposed to notice. That is what Derek was going for with this build.

Muscle Car Chevelle

While the exterior of ‘The Sickness’ is what draws most people in, it’s everything under the sheet medal that establishes this car’s true muscle car pedigree. It’s sporting a fully built 572 big block engine with a Tremec 5 speed transmission. All of that power is supported by a custom chassis by the experts at Art Morrison.

Perfect Muscle Car

With a high performance engine, you’ll need a high performance brake setup. This Chevelle has disc brakes all the way around from Wilwood. You can get a good view of the slotted and drilled rotors through the 5 spoke gun metal gray Boss Wheels which accent glossy black exterior of this car. The whole package comes together nicely to give an “outlaw biker” meets modern sports car, all wrapped up in a muscle car package.

Sickness Chevelle Muscle Car

This car was at SEMA several years ago, before “over the top” was the norm. What Derek crafted in ‘The Sickness’ is a true masterpiece. It’s a timeless build that isn’t likely to go out of style, ever. I hope the owner, Frank, is putting some miles on her and burning up the back country roads at every available opportunity. If I was the owner, I sure know I would be.

1967 Muscle Car - Chevelle

What do you think? Have you ever seen a better example of a pure, resto-mod muscle car? Drop a comment below and let us know.


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  • Kirk Boand 5 years ago

    What kind of 1/4 mile E.T. does it run?

    • Evan Kirk Boand 5 years ago

      Good question. I’m not sure that it’s ever been raced down the strip. If I had to guess, I’d guess mid 12s?

  • Brad Berry 5 years ago

    Now that’s a Muscle Car!

  • Denise Carlene Hampton 5 years ago


  • Kenny N Lori Potts 5 years ago

    Can I Drive It?

  • Anthony Vincent Piraino 5 years ago

    No…. Matte black 67 fastback mustang with a shinny stainless 351w 😀

  • Donl Weighall 5 years ago

    Nothing Like an SS, Awsome “!”

  • Robert Bates 5 years ago

    I love this car!

  • Anthony R. Hernandez 5 years ago

    With Washington plates 🙂

  • Thomas Cerniglia 5 years ago

    Shines like a plate glass mirror.

  • Miriam A West 5 years ago

    Dream On

  • Michael West 5 years ago

    I want one that’s silver metalflake, white roof, Levi’s blue interior. To go. No fries. For Christmas.

  • Stephen Miracle 5 years ago

    nice ass car.

  • Steve Schmaus 5 years ago

    only if it was your car

  • Steve Schmaus 5 years ago

    That tihs is straight!

  • Joanne Simon 5 years ago

    All I can say is WOW!

  • Ira Martin 5 years ago

    That is one awesome,beautiful car.

  • Alesha Guillory 5 years ago

    Just beautiful.

  • Frederick L Glazier 5 years ago

    needs more chrome.

  • Danny Bastiaens 5 years ago

    What a beautiful power muscle car!

  • Allen Mallett 5 years ago

    Beautiful Car…

  • William Gulsby 5 years ago

    those smooth clean lines are very hard to beat! and a glossy black,,,,, well lets say its beautiful!

  • Ronnie Roberts 5 years ago

    This guy has very very good taste in a muscle cars. He could build me one anytime.