THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS: 1984 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta owned by Scott and Glenn Young
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING: Long Islanders have always loved their vintage Camaros, whether in stock form or customized, and the 1980s models are no exception. The Berlinetta, offered from 1979 to 1986, injected a dose of luxury into one of America’s most popular sports cars. But the Youngs, a father-and-son team, have replaced plush with power in resurrecting their muscle car from near death. “Most people would have said it was ready to be sent to the junkyard,” says Scott Young. “My father and I took this car with little to no hope left for it and turned it into a cool street rod. It took four-and-a-half years to complete while I was attending college. What made it special was that I got to spend time with my father while he taught me all his skills and secrets from when he built his 1967 RS/SS Camaro back in the late ‘70s.”
HOW LONG THEY’VE OWNED IT: Since 2007
WHERE THEY FOUND IT: The Youngs bought it from the original North Babylon owner.
CONDITION: “The motor was blown, the interior was destroyed and the painted was faded,” Young says. “The car was taken down to bare metal. The original tan interior was completely gutted and new black seats, door panels, dashboard, headliner and gauges were installed.” They added a custom-built 360-cubic-inch Chevrolet engine, a General Motors automatic transmission and a new rear end. “All the original brakes and suspension were pulled out and performance parts were installed in their place,” Young adds. “There are no signs left of the original burgundy color. The car was painted 2010 Corvette yellow that turns heads when I drive it around.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS: “Build cars to drive them, make memories and enjoy them,” Young advises. “Go to shows, meet people with similar cars, and join the forums and clubs.”
VALUE: “I couldn’t put a price tag on it,” he says. Hagerty, the classic car insurer, values an unmodified Berlinetta in top condition at $12,500.
THE BOTTOM LINE: “Ever since I was younger, I always heard and saw pictures of my father’s cars he used to own,” Young says. “Hearing the stories and seeing the pictures gave me the bug to get involved in cars. His 1967 Camaro always stuck out among all the rest. I obsessed over it and still do to this day. Eventually, I would like to restore a Camaro similar to my father’s so I can finally live those memories that he has told me so much about. If it wasn't for my father, I would probably not be as passionate as I am about cars today.”