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Model Specific Discussions => Promotional Events and Concept Cars => Topic started by: bcmiller on March 12, 2019, 02:08:41 AM

Title: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: bcmiller on March 12, 2019, 02:08:41 AM
The following information is from a Chevrolet New Release

CHEVROLET'S CAMARO CARIBE

The Camaro Caribe, a Chevrolet design study car exemplifying a sportsman's "dream pickup" in Super Sport form, will be a featured display of the Rod and Custom Show to be held at the Toledo Sports Arena March 7 through 9. . .

Highlights of the Caribe are:
-- A five-foot long pickup box with soft palomino vinyl sidewalls and teak wood floor planks covering four storage wells.
-- A between-seats console extension containing a hot beverage dispenser and cup storage.
-- An aerodynamic roll bar, immediately behind the seats, to control air flow and reduce passenger wind-buffeting.
Other equipment includes: A 396-cubic inch V8 with fully synchronized 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle; 15-inch aluminum wheels and wide oval tires with brushed aluminum inserts; recessed jet-type front air intake containing small high intensity lamps; rear-mounted lamps flashing at high frequency to provide unusually arresting stop signal; low, header-less windshield supported by narrow pillars; a passenger compartment finished in palomino and ivory vinyls, rich wood accents and charcoal black carpeting; and an exterior color best described as "really red."

Photos and information - credit to GM
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: bcmiller on March 12, 2019, 02:11:11 AM
More pics. A little fuzzy but those are the best I could get.

Photos - credit to GM
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: bcmiller on March 12, 2019, 02:13:19 AM
More pics. A little fuzzy but those are the best I could get.

Photos - credit to GM
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: bcmiller on March 12, 2019, 02:14:56 AM
One more pic.

Photo - credit to GM
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: 69Z28-RS on March 12, 2019, 03:37:50 AM
What's not to like about that last photo....  :)

in fact, I like that Caribe also.... I'd trade my '72 El Camino for it..  :)
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: SMKZ28 on March 12, 2019, 04:20:49 AM
Those are some fantastic color photos of the Caribe that I have never seen before.  Do you happen to know where photos 2 through 12 were taken?  Very cool. 

I found this picture a while back at yenko.net
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: KurtS on March 12, 2019, 04:24:41 AM
There must be 2 iterations of the car.
The publicity pics have headrest seats. The other pics show a pod and headstop where the headrests would be.
No good pics of the bed.
I saw that a guy made a clone of this car.
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: SMKZ28 on March 12, 2019, 04:26:28 AM
There must be 2 iterations of the car.
The publicity pics have headrest seats. The other pics show a pod and headstop where the headrests would be.
No good pics of the bed.
I saw that a guy made a clone of this car.

I was just going mention those pods.  Also notice that the stripe on the side looks different.  The one in the first picture is narrower than the one shown in the rest of the photos.  Also, there are chrome rails along the sides of the bed that do not appear in the first photo.
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: SMKZ28 on March 12, 2019, 04:39:33 AM
I found this ad for the Rod & Custom event in Toledo that the press release was talking about.

https://vintagetoledotv.com/othertoledo-area-eventsattractionspeopleplaces-2/
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: SMKZ28 on March 12, 2019, 04:53:12 AM
Does anyone know if the Caribe was mentioned or featured in a period Rod & Custom or Hot Rod magazine?
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: 67conv6cyl on March 12, 2019, 12:09:43 PM
Great pictures! Other than the Cherokee Camaro does anybody know if any of these concept cars ever survived?
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: cook_dw on March 12, 2019, 01:21:56 PM
Looks like a Mustang from the front.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdL06ZUiz30vasTVt-IXceWjiMUtJbxr7ck1PgFyAqE1BRYFkm)  (http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17384.0;attach=24980;image)
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: 69Z28-RS on March 12, 2019, 01:42:22 PM
Looks like a Mustang from the front.

... well, wasn't that what GM designers were attempting to do?   ie.    a GM 'mustang'?  :)

Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: crossboss on March 12, 2019, 03:01:15 PM
I like it. Has a Roadster/mini El Camino feel to it. And the cup holders were way head of its time. I also agree, the grille has a Mustang 'look' to it. Btw, the girl isn't too bad either!  lol
Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: SMKZ28 on March 12, 2019, 03:53:24 PM
First thing I thought of when I saw the front end of the Caribe was the 1969/1970 Shelby Mustang.
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: bcmiller on March 12, 2019, 04:04:37 PM
Those are some fantastic color photos of the Caribe that I have never seen before.  Do you happen to know where photos 2 through 12 were taken?  Very cool. 


I don't know where pics 2 to 12 were taken, and I don't know if they are earlier or later than the publicity pics.

Two guesses on where.
1. At the location/shop it was being worked on during development.
2. At a storage location at a later date. Notice the seats look dirty. (This is probably not as likely as #1 though, since the car may have been destroyed soon after they finished showing it. And to me it looks like an earlier version than the publicity pics)
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: vtfb68 on March 19, 2019, 04:41:48 AM
Hmmm,
 Seems the 1969 Ford copied the 1967 Chevrolet.....
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: 67conv6cyl on March 19, 2019, 12:38:02 PM
Didnít GM keep some of these show cars in there historical archive building....does anybody know?
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: crossboss on March 19, 2019, 02:31:27 PM
Hmmm,
 Seems the 1969 Ford copied the 1967 Chevrolet.....



Actually you have it backwards. In 1966, Ford had a show car called Mach-1 with a similar grille (the Mach-1 made production in '69). In fact, many cars during this era used this type of 'styling' exercise.
Not that I am taking anything away from the Camaro Caribe, its still a beautiful design.
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: KurtS on March 20, 2019, 02:11:24 AM
Didnít GM keep some of these show cars in there historical archive building....does anybody know?
No. GM kept very few cars. Only relatively recently did they create the GM Heritage Collection. Most vehicles in it have been acquired from outside of GM. https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-vehicle-collection/
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: rlw68 on March 21, 2019, 12:31:57 PM
There is a photo of this car in Lamm's book 'The Great Camaro', pg37.  The caption states the tire sidewalls are reflective.  Interesting design idea that never saw the light of day?

Regarding the other new related design threads there is a lot of info in this book.  I really like the quarter-scale transparent body model !
Title: Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
Post by: bcmiller on March 21, 2019, 05:42:41 PM
Rob, everything I am getting for information is direct from GM.  So that way there is no need to get information (and have to verify accuracy) from the book you mentioned.  And yes I do have a copy of that book too. :)