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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-19-2009, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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What Chevy should have done!

Here is what can be done with the fourth generation Camaro if you wanted to build a retro looking car to compete with the open market (such as those old Ford Mustang retros, or a Dodge retro Challenger ).

This is a turn key production model listing for $38,600 based upon a former 1998 Camaro LS-1 six speed.







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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 06:48 AM
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I need a loan.

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There's one you don't see everyday. Wouldn't want to get into a fender bender with that! $$$$! Cool.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-22-2009, 11:27 PM
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Besides the fact that I think the new Camaro is ugly... What GM should have done was release it years ago instead of taking so long and then releasing it when everybody is broke and the economy is in the dumpster. It will be a huge failure IMO.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 01:22 AM
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They tried to make it look like the coveted 1969. IMO the new one is a distant second to the original 69.

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The economy is no doubt a factor on the new camaro, as are all the folks looking for a copy of the 69. I am soooo glad they didn't copy a 69 and instead made a hot modern version. It will have a longer lasting appeal. And people seem to love them despite the economy - they are selling at list and above!!! Likely to be a success! Wish I could get one....

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 10:48 AM
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hey dave,who makes the kit???
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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The guy in the black hat and grey T-shirt with the red and yelow patern on it in the first photo. He had driven it down to visit family in the area were I live and he displayed it at our monthly show here.

Since I wasn't interested in buying one I only asked him what was beneath the plastic as I didn't recognize the donor car body (The Excaliber Mercedes uses a mid 80's G-body for example). He didn't have any sales literature or posters as this wasn't planned as a business trip. I have since forgoten his name (sorry but at my age I have the attention span of a gnat now), but I imagine if you search the web you will find the manufacturer as I doubt if they are trying to keep it a secret.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 02:32 PM
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Thumbs down

Apparently I might be the only one to rock the boat, but these mash-up retro body kits fall into into two categories: Bad & Worse. The body lines usually fall completely short of the goal. But, to each their own.
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I love it. was just up in Rhinebeck NY at the car show there yesterday and said to my friend, I wish they would make a retro 57, and here it is, only I would raise the front 3 inches
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well just like with the 1969 Camaro you can buy a brand new body in white (all of the sheet metal but no running gear) for the 1955 and 1957 (and since a 56 is a 55 with a different grill and a hidden gas filler I suppose a 1956 as well).

This is car is a plastic tribute car; with air bags, overdrive, and an EFI motor with air conditioning and all of the other modern conveniences: like brakes that work.


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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 01:27 PM
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I saw that car at Old Town a few months back. It was done very well, and the owner was a way cool guy.
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Looking at the dash of that car is a big jarring. The bland modern dash just looks so out of place where all that great 50's dash styling should be.



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Looks like it might be these guys............ "odd" proportions when you see the side view............

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Interesting kit they make. The convertible seems to work better as the roof line is not as familiar. Looking at the profile of the hard top, you can see the Camaro roof sitting on top. They should find a way to make the B-pillar have some rounded contours to go with the rest of the car.



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Speaking of what Chevy (GM) should have done, anyone seen the latest Hot Rod magazine?

On the cover is a 2011 "Trans Am" inspired by a 77-78 Trans Am. Very well done, I like it. The cover reads "Hot Rodders show how GM should have built it". If it was production, I'd be going into deep debt for that one!

Inside the mag, there's also a Lingenfelter version inspired by a '71 Trans Am, well done, but not as appealing to me, personally...

Oddly enough, Hot Rod doesn't have any articles online yet to link to (that I can find quickly)

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