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In terms of issues I consider as “Swiss,” I’d should say Chevy Camaros are fairly down low on the record, between nachos and Kabuki theater. Which may be why this particular Camaro is so fascinating: first, it’s in Switzerland, and B., it’s so very unusually custom-made that I’m genuinely baffled. All the customizations are bizarre, however there’s one ingredient for which I’ve no clarification. You’ll see.

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From the surface, this 1977 or 1978 (I think) Camaro LT reveals proof of some questionable fiberglass or plastic customization, which might both be some kind of interval physique equipment or a one-off experiment. It’s exhausting to inform for certain, however no matter it’s, it does provide the Camaro a considerably decrease physique air dam with insets for rectangular driving lights, extra bulbous fender flares, a pair of wide-set hood nostrils, and, on the rear, an alternate, four-round-lamp taillight setup, and built-in rectangular exhaust retailers.

It’s using that line between ugly and weirdly cool, and since any Camaro in Switzerland needs to be form of a weirdo, I’ll give it the advantage of the doubt and never flat-out name it ugly.

The place issues get actually fascinating is within the inside. Right here, look:

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All that worn, white quilted, padded upholstery jogs my memory of the inside of the Nostromo, the large spaceship from the film Alien:

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And, like Alien, issues get bizarre the longer you stick round. Take a look at the rear of the inside:

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Wait, what the hell is that factor in the midst of the image? Is that rising out of the drivers’ seat? Let’s examine among the different images.

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No, it’s a…column. A padded column that rises from the center of the again seat to the roof, or extra exactly, the central bar of the T-Prime roof.

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It appears to be like kinda what I’d assume Storm Trooper armor would possibly seem like if made for an elephant’s trunk. And there’s a swap within the base of it? And, it appears to be like like, a flap that folds down?

What the hell is occurring right here? Simply to make certain, I checked out some Camaro brochures of the period:

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Nope. No central, curved column sprouting out of the rear seat. In some way, GM managed to make the roof self-supporting with out one.

So, what’s happening right here? What is that factor? Is it structural? Was this somebody’s concept of a roll bar various? Is it housing one thing tall, slender, and curved? Was the proprietor a samurai, and that is the place they stored their sword? May you get a sword out and in of that little flap?

Sword possession and Camaro possession I believe have fairly huge Venn diagram overlaps, however I’m nonetheless not satisfied.

I’m baffled right here, however I’d love to listen to your guesses. What might this probably be for? And why would you need it? And the way did this factor find yourself in Switzerland?

I reached out to the vendor to ask some questions, so I’ll replace if I hear something. It’s solely about $2,000 in U.S. {dollars}, in case any of our Swiss bizarre Camaro-loving readers are within the space, too.