The second era Chevy Camaro cemented the horse automotive as a really American expression of the facility of the auto. You probably hear a plaintive hair-metal riff in your head as you concentrate on it. However what if the Camaro takes a unique route, with a European design that is extra Turin than Detroit? It truly occurred, and we perceive that Chevrolet commissioned the design. You see the 1976 Chevrolet Camaro Europo Hurst designed by Pietro Frua – a glimpse into an alternate actuality through which this archenemy of the Ford Mustang mixed Italian design with American muscular tissues.
Is it essentially the most stunning design by Frua? In all probability not. Frua wrote quite a lot of distinctive Maseratis and a few fascinating glass and Monteverdi designs. The Frua Camaro is mid-1970s and has a darkened entrance finish paying homage to the Lancia Beta Montecarlo / Scorpion designed by Pininfarina. The tailgate is flanked by a few giant, triangular quarter home windows with high-mounted Firebird taillights floating above a wierd, scalloped rear wall. The large bumpers do not do it any favors, however general the Europo Hurst is unmistakable and current.
Even when it does not look classically good to the trendy eye, there’s a feeling that this design has advanced right into a grand tourer. Consider the sheet metallic Jensen Interceptor, which supplies a sense of muscle mass reasonably than magnificence – or the Jaguar XJS, which was arguably prettier however simply as muscular. The lengthy overhangs and low roofline give it a way of velocity, and the quadruple-sealed headlights that sit beneath its black-painted brows look very aggressive. Maybe Frua might have given the Europo Hurst one other spherical of revisions and made the Camaro the Italian masterpiece he hoped for.
Mechanically, the Europo Hurst is a pure Camaro that rocks a 350 cubic inch small block V-Eight and a four-speed handbook transmission. GM later returned to the concept of later wrapping an Italian physique round American mechanics with the Cadillac Allanté. In fact, sending chassis to and from Turin by air mail for Pininfarina delivery wasn’t precisely an affordable technique. If a Camaro designed by Frua had made it into manufacturing, the physique would definitely have needed to be made in America.
Unusual? For positive. Cool? Sure, even when it is a bit of cozy. The Frua Camaro is likely one of the most unusual Chevrolets we have ever seen, and when you’re curious sufficient to truly purchase it, this one (the one one truly) is on the market at RM Sotheby’s. There isn’t a reserve and the public sale home expects it to promote for $ 80,000-120,000 within the Mitosinka Assortment public sale in September.