I was one of those kids who spent every dollar and every school-free moment thinking about, buying, and building scale model cars.
Many of you will recognize the familiar model box artwork from the late-’60s. Unlike today’s kits, when you bought a model car back then it was most likely a 3-in-1 kit, which meant the model could be built stock, custom, or race.
Which brings me to this 1:1 scale model kit I have designed here. You see, when I was a kid I had a ’67-68 Camaro model kit in a box very similar to this, and it came with an array of custom parts, but the one I wished for the most was an optional fastback roof like its Ford counterpart. I always thought Chevy should’ve offered a fastback in the first-gen Camaro lineup.
I know that the designers mocked one up, but as usual the bean counters got their way and the fastback never made it past the red clay stage.
However, I never forgot that idea and have since built the car in scale. I thought I’d share it with all of you in the form in which I first thought about the concept: on a faux model box that I wished I had back then.
For those of you pondering how to build this in 1:1 scale, the recipe starts with a reworked ’69-70 Mustang sport roof. The concept also features ’70-73 Corvette-style exhaust tips, a recessed license plate holder, and a built-in lower rear spoiler. I also took a section out of the bumpers to thin them down and tucked them up nice and tight to the body.
I hope this design inspires someone out there to build this “should-have-been” Camaro Fastback. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.