September 26, 2023


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A NICKEY/THOMAS TRIBUTE: Re-creating the Best of the Best

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A NICKEY/THOMAS TRIBUTE: Re-creating the Best of the Best

Published by Nicole Ellan James


Occasionally existence can throw a slow curveball that appears to be much more like a 95-mph fastball.

Five years in the past, Harold Lewis – a longtime close friend of Barrett-Jackson – skilled indicators that disclosed some wellbeing difficulties requiring extended remedy. While he has put in the past two decades in good wellness, a recent standard checkup confirmed signs of returning challenges. Knowing the need to have to entirely focus on his wellness, Lewis has reluctantly resolved to section with 1 of his prized possessions: his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Nickey/Invoice Thomas 427 Phase III re-development, which will be provided with No Reserve at the 2023 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld.

Lewis is a learn craftsman specializing in large-end household finishes and portray. He has been a muscle-vehicle fanatic for above 45 yrs, and, in that time, Lewis has restored several autos to concours technical specs, normally functioning with the late renowned builder Patrick Pogrant of Patrick&#8217s Classy Vehicles.

About the course of his lifestyle Lewis has collected, restored and designed several important vehicles, which include two 1969 Ford Boss 429s with again-to-back numbers KK1455 and KK1456. His present undertaking car is an all-first, matching-quantities 1968 Plymouth HEMI Highway Runner.

A single motor vehicle Lewis had constantly dreamed of proudly owning was a 1967 Nickey/Invoice Thomas Camaro. Thomas rose to prominence in the 1960s although he was a investigate and growth expert for Basic Motors&#8217 racing plan. He labored on the Cheetah and the improvement of different powertrain and chassis combinations for Stock and Tremendous Inventory racers.

Thomas was contracted by Chevrolet in late 1966 to execute large-block conversions for the freshly launched 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. With the aid of Thomas, Nickey Chevrolet of Chicago, Illinois, – one particular of the biggest Chevrolet sellers in the U.S. – arrived up with a prepare to set up higher-functionality 427 Corvette engines into the Camaro in late 1966. It is approximated there were being only 14 Nickey Camaros created in &#821767. The unique Camaro is often really hard to obtain and unobtainable for most, so Lewis did what any other qualified vehicle fanatic would do: he re-established just one for himself.

The 9-yr venture serves as the end result of his a long time of encounter restoring classic automobiles, together with his exploration and collecting of unique areas to make the top tribute 1967 Nickey/Invoice Thomas 427 Phase III Camaro. Lewis asserts that if the auto was becoming judged as primary, it would stand up against any out there: “It doesn&#8217t know it is a clone.”

Lewis has often used the best in the company for all his autos when it arrives to paint, system and engine operate, and this vehicle is no exception. Under the hood sits a serious Tri-Ability 427ci L89 motor, one of only 14 at any time developed, in accordance to Lewis. This engine – which makes use of the first block, heads and crank – has been balanced, blueprinted and dyno-tested with 500 horsepower.

The engine is hooked to an M22 4-velocity guide transmission full with an L88 clutch and flywheel that turns a 1967 12-bolt rear conclusion with 4.10 posi-traction gears. It also capabilities sq. bar traction, a chambered exhaust, a transistorized ignition, the initial electric power disc brakes, the unique wheels with trim rings and the suitable pink line tires. This Nickey/Bill Thomas Camaro is finished in Tuxedo Black paint with an Ermine White stripe and has a radio delete inside showcasing a velocity warning.

Harold Lewis’ re-development has the heart of a legitimate enthusiast and grasp craftsman beneath the hood, and it reveals in each and every piece of metal, every panel and each piston. Sign-up to bid right now to deliver this distinctive tribute dwelling.