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For sale: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Brute Force

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Item location:
Solon, Ohio, United States
Brute Force
Engine size:
Rear Wheel Drive
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1971 Chevrolet Camaro Brute Force

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1971 Camaro "Brute Force"

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Remember those games in kids' magazines where you try to spot the differences between two pictures? Bob Bertelsen's '71 Camaro would be great for the car guy's version of this game. There's not a body panel on it that hasn't been re-formed modified or otherwise massaged but most of the changes are so subtle without a stock example sitting next to it they escape the eye. That exemplifies what Bob does as a car builder. He works with the original design and without trepidation crafts it into the vision of how he sees the car in his mind.

Bob is not a professional car builder although he certainly possesses the ingenuity and capability it takes to be among the best in the business. Most importantly he lacks that mental block that most of us have-the one that mocks us saying "You aren't capable of doing that!"

Take for example the roof of his Camaro. Bob wanted to integrate design cues of a fifth-gen Camaro into the car including a 12-inch-wide recess in the roof panel. Most people who don't do professional metal-fab work would shun the idea and even quite a few pros would be hesitant to launch into such an endeavor. Not Bob. He dove in starting by rolling two 3/8-inch tubes and adhering them to the roof to create a basic structure and shape. He then cut out the 12-inch-wide section and crafted a new centersection. He didn't get the consistent arch he wanted the first time so he modified his metal stretcher welding a socket to the tool and using a torque wrench to modulate a consistent torque applied to the stretcher. He welded the recessed section into the roof for a subtle enhancement that looks so natural that many people don't even notice it.

Bob had RPM Hot Rodding do the interior starting with a clean slate. They fabricated a custom dash door panels and console that houses everything Bob will need for performance driving as well as hitting the open road. The unobtrusive rollcage was created by Bob’s friend Tom McKenzie.

That design element continues as the air flows rearward over the decklid. An original spoiler would have looked disproportionate and clunky with the flush and smooth rear panel of the car. Bob created a new spoiler that is 3/4-inch shorter and 1 1/2 inches smaller (front to rear) incorporating the same 12-inch recess from the roof panel into the center of the spoiler.

Another critical part of Bob's craftsmanship is functionality. This is true in the basic hardware and also in the design aspects of the body. All of the ports and ducts carved into the sheetmetal of his Camaro-aptly named Brute Force-perform a purpose whether it's directing fresh air toward the engine onto the rear brakes or exhausting hot air from the engine compartment. Nothing on this car was overlooked and every millimeter of sheetmetal was intentionally shaped.

Even with his exceptional level of fabrication capability Bob took the Camaro to Area 51 Autoworx when it was time to have the finishing bodywork done and the car sprayed. Choosing the color was an adventure in itself. His local paint store mixed a dozen or so variations of blue and sprayed them onto sample panels but none of them were exactly what Bob envisioned. So he talked the paint shop into letting him do some mixing on his own. A dash of this a drop of that. He was able to create a color he loved but there was no formula for it. He sprayed it onto a panel and took the pieces to BASF. They scanned it and created a formula complete with the name Brute Force Blue!

A casual glance doesn’t uncover the extraordinary craftsmanship in this car. What looks like an RS bumper is actually three completely custom metal sections and the original marker light openings were filled with round foglights and brake duct inlets. Even the grille was custom created just for this car.

Bob is the owner of A-Plus Powder Coaters so he made generous use of his company's coating capabilities on the car. Anything that wasn't painted on the Camaro was powdercoated in a special gray texture that he created. On some surfaces such as the valve covers he added black with orange accents creating detail and connecting the engine to the exterior graphics. In addition to a unique look the powdercoating is durable and easy to clean. He even mixed up a special orange powder and sent it to Baer to have the calipers powdercoated to match the detail paint he used throughout the car.

Even though this car was primarily built in Bob's two-car home garage he is quick to acknowledge those who helped him. Shayne Smeltzer Willys Smith and Tom McKenzie all spent weekends at Bob's place working on the Camaro. And Jason Rushforth penned the first rendering of the car. Bob and Jason bantered back and forth about many of the design details that make up the overall statement of the car. One area that combined many of their ideas was the nose of the car. Jason recommended recessing the grille and using a three-piece front bumper. Bob created a grille using CAD tools and had it cut using a water jet. He didn't want the nose to look like an RS though so he omitted the upper marker lights and integrated round foglights into the rectangular openings that would have housed standard parking and turn signal lights.

Some time ago Bob was incurably infected with the Pro Touring disease. He competed in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) with his previous F-body Code Red and he took measures with his current project to make sure it lived up to the "brute" in its name. In fact immediately after the car debuted in the summer of 2012 Bob competed in our inaugural Muscle Car of the Year (MCOTY) competition at National Trail Raceway a mere day after earning the Goodguys Muscle Machine of the Year award.

Since Bob has competed with cars in the past he knew that he needed to outfit his machine with the right equipment to get the job done. He chose DSE suspension systems front and rear using the company's Hydroformed subframe up front and its Quadralink kit in the rear. The front subframe is a bolt-in system that mounts tubular upper and lower control arms C6 steering knuckles DSE power rack-and-pinion steering and a DSE splined sway bar into one seamless package. The Quadralink rear system completely replaces the leaf springs using a tubular four-link setup with a Panhard bar. Bob used JRi coilovers-DSE's preferred unit-at all four corners. Bob also installed a pair of DSE wide wheeltubs in the rear to make room for massive 335/30ZR18 tires. Together the front and rear DSE systems created a high-performance chassis that's as competent on the track as it is on the street.

Of course suspension upgrades alone do not a Pro Touring car make. The DSE front spindles wear Baer 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers while the Moser 9-inch rear axle is outfitted with the relatively new Baer Tracker full-floating axle kit and 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers. The Baer Tracker converts the rearend to a full-floating design to eliminate axleshaft deflection during hard cornering. This keeps the rotors from pushing the pistons into the calipers during high lateral loads requiring you to pump the pedal to move the pads back into position.

The entire rear view of the Camaro is created by Bob’s fabrication handiwork. He formed a sheetmetal bumper and molded it into the rear panel along with crafting a lower valance that resembles a fifth-gen Camaro and incorporates the tailpipes.

Under the almost completely handbuilt hood lies a Mast Motorsports-built LS7 powerplant. The Mast-built 427 grunts out 650 hp with a reciprocating assembly made up of Callies and Mahle components that are built to take abuse without worry. The engine uses a Mast dual wide-band engine management system for calibration work. Bob had a Flex-a-lite aluminum radiator built to fit his custom core support and added a Flex-a-lite dual electric fan setup that moves 4600 cfm of air to keep the engine cool even when Bob has the Vintage Air cranked up on hot Midwestern summer days. A Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed connects the power to the Moser 9" axle.

When it came to the interior almost everything was pitched to make room for custom work. This is one part of the car that Bob didn't do himself calling on RPM Hot Rods in Pittsburgh instead. They crafted a custom dashboard to house the Stack Motorsports multifunction display gauge cluster Vintage Air controls and ididit tilt steering column. The dash also holds a Stack tire pressure monitoring system to report air pressure and temperature both critical factors on a road course. RPM also fabricated custom door panels and replaced the rear seat with panels to cover the widened wheeltubs and to hold a mix of Kenwood and Alpine stereo equipment. ProCar seats were modified and stitched up in gray and orange leather that was also generously laid over every surface in the interior except the floor. Even though RPM did most of the work in the interior Bob's attention to detail still prevails. He powdercoated the center and spokes of the Lecarra steering wheel and then had the rim wrapped with the same leather and orange stitching of the rest of the interior.

Bob is an ordinary car guy with extraordinary vision and fabrication skills. This is the fourth Camaro he’s built and each one goes further than the last in performance and execution. While he’s committed to driving and competing in this car for the immediate future we have to wonder if the wheels are already turning in his head about the next one!

In addition to an artfully conceived and executed design we dare say that there isn't a single component on Bob's Camaro that was taken out of the box and simply installed. We've uncovered only a couple dozen of the ultracool modifications that he has done to this Camaro. How many more differences can you find?

By The Numbers

Type: Mast Motorsports 427ci LS7
Block: aluminum GM
Oiling: ARE dry-sump system
Rotating assembly: Callies forged crank steel connecting rods and Mahle pistons
Cylinder heads: Mast Motorsports Black Label 305cc aluminum heads
Camshaft: GM LS7 with 246/260 degrees at 0.050-inch lift and .658/.667-inch lift
Valvetrain: Mast Motorsports
Induction: Chevrolet Performance LS7
Exhaust: DSE 1.875-inch primary headers 3-inch exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers
Power adder: none
Fuel system: Cadillac CTS-V electric in-tank pump
Ignition: Mast Motorsports
Cooling: Flex-a-lite aluminum radiator and dual electric fans
Output: 657 hp at 6700 rpm and 575 lb-ft at 5300 rpm
Built by: Mast Motorsports

Transmission: Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual
Rear axle: Moser Engineering 9-inch with 3.90:1 gears Eaton Truetrac

Front suspension: DSE Hydroformed subframe using DSE upper and lower control arms DSE spindles JRi coilovers and DSE splined sway bar
Rear suspension: DSE Quadralink four-link suspension with Panhard bar JRi coilovers
Brakes: Baer 6-piston 14-inch rotors front; 6-piston 14-inch rotors rear

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Forgeline CF3C wheels 18x10 front; 18x12 rear
Tires: BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 275/35ZR18 & 335/30ZR18

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While current or recent model year cars are simple to price the collector car market fluctuates so much that simply keeping up is a full-time job. We research similar cars and determine the price of ours based on sales records and relative conditions of those vehicles. We offer superior examples that hold their value better or will appreciate more than others you will find: Whether you're buying a car you'll keep forever or as a short term hold a car from us is simply a better value.

Contact Information

If you want to make an offer or talk about the Buy It Now price call Larry at (440) 914-0000 or email me

Our Dealership

At the Motor Car Group we're enthusiasts first. We want you to enjoy your new car from the minute it's delivered and the trailer door drops. Before a car leaves our shop it's gone through comprehensively both visually and mechanically. We do more than just kick the tires though: We fill your tires with nitrogen road test (if the weather permits us here in Cleveland!) and clean it inside and out. We buff the paint using a three-step process immediately before it's taken away so that it gleams when it arrives. Every car we sell from Sunday drivers through the rarest exotics is meant to be driven--get out there!

If you have any questions before during or after the sale do not hesitate to contact us. It's what we're here for! Call us at (440) 914-0000 write us atsales@motorcargroup.comor stop by and see the new shop at 6441 Davis Industrial Parkway Solon OH 44139. We're 26 miles from Cleveland Hopkins Airport and we can pick you up when you come to inspect or purchase your car. We welcome any prospective buyers their buyer's agents or inspectors from Monday through Friday during business hours as well as evenings and weekends by appointment. We're car people who love what we do and you'll feel it from the first time you contact us. Give the R&H crew the opportunity to serve you: Our passion and attention to detail set us apart!

Our dealership has been in business since 2003 and we've been selling on eBay Motors for over seven years. Our helpful staff is on hand to help with questions on shipping financing vehicle condition or anything else about the buying process.We have done this many times: Please let our experience help you make this a great experience.


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This vehicle is being sold as is where is with no warranty expressed written or implied beyond any balance of manufacturer's warranty (if applicable). The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description authenticity genuineness or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness imperfection defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or she as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

Extended Warranty

Manufacturer and extended warranties may be available. Please contact me at (440) 914-0100.


We provide free shuttle service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to our dealership for in-person inspections or for delivery. If you decide to pick up your purchase make a vacation out of your trip and come see all Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has to offer. We're 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland Browns Stadium the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Progressive Field the Cleveland Orchestra and more. Restaurant recommendations day trips things to see and do—give us a call at (440) 914-000 and Doug or Jen will help you make your travel arrangements.

If you prefer to have your vehicle shipped we have secured great rates with various shipping companies. If you are financing and would like to include the shipping costs into the loan please call me BEFORE securing your financing for a shipping quote. If you prefer to use your own shipping company drop us a line to make arrangements for pickup.


We accept interesting trade-ins—please call or email me Larry Woo at (440) 914-0000 Below is an example of the information we need to evaluate your trade in:

(Full 17 digit VIN #)





Miles: (Estimated mileage upon arrival)

Color (Exterior):Silver

Color (Interior):Black

Options:Navigation ceramic brakes PDK carbon trim

Condition:Scratch on rear bumper and driver’s-side door ding on passenger door leather a little worn on driver’s-side front seat 1k miles on new tires new brakes and rotors installed 2 months ago

History:Clean title 1-owner non-smoker no accidents

Photos:5-15 digital photos are greatly appreciated

Total Amount:$59189.35


Bank Name:Wells Fargo

Payment Method (For new vehicle purchase):

Wire transfer financing certified check or cashier's check

Why Buy a Car from R&H Motorcar Group

We offer competitive nationwide financing

We ship worldwide

All of our vehicles have been fully inspected


Does the vehicle look like the pictures?

Yes the photos are taken of the actual vehicle at our location using a digital camera. Additional pictures of any part of any car are available upon request.

Where do you get your vehicles?

Most of our vehicles come from private collections while some are trade-ins.

Does the vehicle have a clean title?

Every vehicle we sell has a clear title. There are no liens no salvage or branded titles due to accidents floods manufacturer buybacks etc.

Are you a dealer or private seller?

We are a licensed and bonded dealer and have been in business for over 12 years. You can find our brick-and-mortar store at 6441 Davis Industrial Parkway Solon OH 44139.

What form of payments do you accept?

We only accept credit cards or cash in person for the deposit. We strongly suggest wire transfers for the balance but accept cash cashiers check or a bank check. Please allow proper time for all checks to clear before the vehicle can be released.

Terms & Conditions

Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of auction end and make arrangements for payment at that time. A$500.00 depositis due within24 hoursof the auction end.The remaining balance is due within 5 days of Auction end.If no contact is made within 24 hours we reserve the right to re-list the vehicle sell it to the next high bidder or sell it otherwise. Most banks and credit unions do not finance vehicles older than 1995: Make sure if financing your financial institution accepts the year BEFORE bidding.Please arrange financing PRIOR to bidding.

Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. We ship vehicles frequently and can find you a great rate wherever you're located around the globe. Give us a call for an estimate before you bid or to arrange shipping afterwards.

We describe our vehicles as accurately as possible. All the vehicles are pre-owned and may have some minor flaws in the paint or in the interior. Some vehicles may have had some prior touch up to cover micro chips or scratches. Not all vehicles have a full set of keys books navigation CD's floor mats or other loose items. Vehicles may have some additional miles from local test drives.If you are not sure about something pleaseASK. Do not assume anything not listed is included. We strive to find our customers the highest quality vehicles at the best available prices. We welcome 3rdparty inspectionsBEFOREyou bid or buy.

We reserve the right to cancel any bid for excessive negative feedback. We also reserve the right to end any listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale. Please do not bid on this auction unless you are serious about owning this vehicle. All non-paying high bidders will be reported to eBay and a negative strike will go against the buyer as the result of an unpaid item being filed.PLEASE ONLY BID WHAT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY.If the reserve is not met we reserve the right to contact the high bidder to offer a second chance option.

Fee and Tax Information

There is a $250 documentation fee on all transactions. The sales tax for the State Of Ohio residents ranges from 6.5% to 8%. If you live in Arizona California Florida Indiana Massachusetts Michigan or South Carolina we are REQUIRED through reciprocal agreements to collect your sales tax at the time of purchase and forward it on—you aren't paying twice but your final purchase price will include your tax due. Kindly make sure to call or email us after your purchase for more details.

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