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1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« 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."

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #1 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
Bryon / 1968 Camaro SS 396 coupe - now old school 468 big block
1967 Camaro RS/SS 396 coupe L35/M40 - 4 generation family project
Looking for 68 Camaro with body # NOR 181016

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #2 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
Bryon / 1968 Camaro SS 396 coupe - now old school 468 big block
1967 Camaro RS/SS 396 coupe L35/M40 - 4 generation family project
Looking for 68 Camaro with body # NOR 181016

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 02:14:56 AM »
One more pic.

Photo - credit to GM
Bryon / 1968 Camaro SS 396 coupe - now old school 468 big block
1967 Camaro RS/SS 396 coupe L35/M40 - 4 generation family project
Looking for 68 Camaro with body # NOR 181016

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #4 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..  :)
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« Reply #5 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

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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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.

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #8 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/

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #9 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?

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« Reply #10 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?

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 01:21:56 PM »
Looks like a Mustang from the front.

 

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #12 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'?  :)

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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #13 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
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Re: 1968 design study car - Camaro Caribe
« Reply #14 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.

 

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