Thanks for checking on Hooniverse during your Thanksgiving Holiday. We know that between the Parades, the Football Games, Thanksgiving Dinner, and of course, Thanksgiving Drinks, we realize that the Hoons that come here during the week might want some automotive frivolity, if only to take a break from their family for a few moments. So, in honor of the holiday, we thought we would roll out a few Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkeys, as in Automotive Turkeys…
Our first featured car recently received a lot of press when Justin Hyde wrote an article about this car for Yahoo Autos, and it was picked up by Jalopnik, and Autoholics, among others. This is just about the tackiest Camaro ever, and the haterade brewing under the surface is rather telling. Justin’s article seems to compare the current customs that are built like this to the crazy customs churned out in the 60s by George Barris, and Ed Roth. I actually agree with Justin, but what do you think about this trend?
This is a car that is not for everybody, but it is a car that took a lot of time and skill to bring it to the finished product you see here. The large diameter (30-inch Forgiato) rims/tire combination is the absolute first thing that come into question. They really do nothing for the handling, ride, or drive-ability of the car, but that isn’t the point is it? Think of them as rolling plinths, something to raise the car so it makes it easier to display.
The car has been described as a ZL1, which is erroneous. According to Evan “Evo” Yates, who writes for Rides Magazine, the car is actually an SS, made to look like a ZL1. This car, like an earlier King Camaro built by the same crew, required a complete tear down and rebuild to make everything fit, and the results are… questionable at best. Let’s go back to the wheels for a moment. To make them fit, the wheel openings had to be reworked, which takes a skilled body man to make it look flawless. The entire interior has been replaced with unique fiber glass panels. They may not be your taste, but the work that went into producing them is outstanding.
About that finish… Again, according to the Rides article, it isn’t a gold vinyl wrap but actual paint. You see, 813 Customs used a paint called Cosmichrome, and then candied over it to create the shiny gold effect. It has been said this this is a very expensive process, much in keeping with the rest of this car.
So what do you have to say about this Camaro? In keeping with the Yahoo Auto article, would you pronounce this car Art, or Crap? You have to admire the work that went into it, and just like modern art it makes a statement. An art teacher told me a long time ago that art is suppose to make you think, and this car really excels at making you think. I used to be on the side of the haters when it came to cars like this, but now I’m just indifferent.