My first automotive love was the 1975-77 Chevrolet Camaro. I loved having the bigger back window on the Camaro that I first fell in love with when my uncle brought home a ’76 Type LT. I’ve owned one, it was my first car back in 1995. My dream build would be to cross the 1974 Z28’s graphics package onto a phantom Z28/LT build, put it on 1970s perfect slot mags or Z28 turbine wheels, and add a six-speed to a big-block powertrain. Hate on the big-bumper Camaro all you want, but I love them, looks and all.
Which makes the car that Adam Wiskow sent us the link to that much more of a “WTF?!” than normal. To credit, grafting a one-piece fiberglass shell of a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro onto a shortened VW Type 1 pan is a hell of an undertaking and unlike some of the strange split-bumper Camaro forms we’ve seen, the appearances are spot-on for a scaled-down example. The blue, a Maserati color, is gorgeous, and the graphics are well-done…even if they are for a later, rubber-nosed Camaro. We can even appreciate the powertrain, a 2332cc unit that’s good for 230 horsepower. In Beetle terms, this should be one mean little bastard, and with disc brakes at all four wheels, it’ll stop just as quick. There’s goodies, like the overloaded sound system, and the trailer hitch that’s used to haul a matched jet boat around with.
The build is good, the car is good, the presentation is good…but there is that nagging feeling that something just ain’t right here. I can’t shake it. What’s your call?