Thanks, KurtS and Jonesy, for the warm online welcome
. I have seen the article on the Yutivo Camaros. My newly-acquired Yutivo Camaro is blue (a poor excuse for a repaint); a previous owner said the original color was a greenish-blue, so I presume this is the Teal Blue shade which was quite popular here in Manila when the car came out. My partner and I who operate a private hobby shop that restores mostly classic German and American cars, will get to work on this car very soon, and by that time I'll be able to post some photos, including the very famous Yutivo data plate.
Truth be told, the Yutivo Camaros with their original powertrains are more "show" than "go", simply because even in the '60s our country's onerous tax laws discouraged engines with more than six cylinders. This, of course, did not stop the more performance-minded gearheads from dropping in potent V8s in many of the loacally-available cars, including of course the Yutivo Camaro.
My Yutivo Camaro has its original L90 low-compression 250 inline six, hooked up to the three-speed manual gearbox. With manual drum brakes, slow manual steering, monoleafs and no airconditioning, the car is about as exciting as studying comparative sanskrit literature, but it is rare especially now, as only a handful of Yutivo Camaros survive here in the home country.
I wonder if any Yutivo Camaros have been exported? Hmmmm...
While the Yutivo Camaro is the only truly "Asian-born-and-bred" Camaro, the Yutivo Camaro article makes reference to Camaros being marketed (and possibly built) in Europe, more particularly Antwerp, Belgium which was the center of GM operations at the time. I was also informed by some Filipino Camarophiles that Camaros were also reportedly assembled in Australia, right-hand-drive and all. On the first generation models, RHD would have been an easy conversion, owing to the symmetrical layout of the dashboard. Be that as it may, I'm positive that if Camaros were assembled in Europe and Australia, they probably sported much more exciting powertrains than the Yutivo lumps.
Rest assured that even if I decide to upgrade to a decent small block V8, a four-speed manual and multileafs, I will of course keep the original pieces that came with my car. With all certainty, we plan to faithfully restore this Camaro as original as possible. While some may cringe at my "restification" plans by possibly upgrading to a 350, I will definitely keep the vehicle unaltered so as to make it easy to re-install the original powertrain, should I ever desire to do so.
Thanks again for your interest in this Oriental Camaro. I'll keep you posted on the developments. Cheers!