Say hello to the Italian-style Camaro you've never seen before
The only one in the world. Commissioned by Chevrolet itself.
If you want a big, brawny, hairy-chested, old-school muscle car, you look towards the Americans. Simple. But wouldn’t it be intriguing if the Americans took their muscle cars to the Italians for designing? That’s exactly what happened with this one-of-a-kind 1976 Chevrolet Camaro “Europo Hurst”. And if you haven’t able to get past ogling the car, I have some good news!
Prominent auction house R M Sothebys is putting this unique vehicle on sale at its upcoming Mitosinka Collection. The online bidding for this vehicle will take place someday between 16th - 25th September 2020. While there are no reservation bids for this lot, expect the prices to touch the six-figure mark due to its Italian-American roots and the uber-exclusivity it enjoys by being the only one in the world.
I’ll side with you if you found this to look anything unlike the second-gen Camaro. That’s because it wasn’t made under the Chevrolet factory. Well, except the underpinnings, the interiors and the engine.
The bodywork is said to be the work of Italian coachbuilder Pietro Frua. If you aren’t aware of that name, the list of his creations might amuse you. His most prominent designs include the 1955 Maserati A6G, the first-gen Maserati Quattroporte and the Maserati Mistral. Even the pretty-looking Volvo P1800’s design was sketched under his watchful eye. Hence, withholding similar expectations, American carmaker Chevrolet approached Frua to redesign the Camaro.
The result is this Camaro “Europo Hurst” and straightaway, it looks like he got confused in deciding between which cars to take inspirations from and which ones to leave out. So, he decided to include segments from all of them. For instance, the front end seems to be based on the Jensen Interceptor with its dual headlamp setup. He wanted to continue with that design theme but then decided otherwise and incorporated the styling of the DeLorean DMC-12. You can even see the black-tinted glass roof panels which give out the impression of the car having gull-wing doors. Sadly, it doesn’t.
Even the rear end appears to be a mishmash of the Camaro’s original rear end infused with the taillights from a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Thankfully, the designer let the interiors be while the badging throughout the car now carries his signature. This Camaro “Europo Hurst” is possibly the only Chevy car to get a Camaro badge with the national tri-colours of Italy on its hood. And if you somehow missed that, you can’t possibly overlook the Chevy bow which comes with the designer’s name embellished right in the middle.
Powering this unique muscle car is an all-American 5.7-litre small block V8 found in Camaros of its time. When new it put out close to 300hp with a four-speed manual gearbox sending that power to the rear wheels.
After reading up on this alliance, I expected to rest my eyes upon the most beautiful looking muscle car. However, the assorted design failed to impress me on that front. But the one thing I can’t take away from this Camaro “Europo Hurst” is its striking presence and the ability to be a genuine conversation initiator around car communities. What do you think about this Italian-style Camaro?