There’s little more exciting than a new project for us to get stuck into, particularly if the project in question is a little left field, something which can definitely be said of our latest undertaking – this ’68 Chevrolet Camaro. It’s a car we’re looking forward to getting to work on, not least as it marks the first time Retropower has taken on the fully build of a US muscle car, and we’re sure we’ll be able to do the ’60s GM icon justice.

Arguably one of the most important American cars of all time (and easily among the most iconic muscle cars full stop), the Camaro sold like the proverbial hot cakes, and while never quite as successful as its arch rival from Ford it remained in production in various guises until the end of the 20th century. It has of course been ‘rebooted’ since.

It isn’t everyday a bone fide US automotive icons turns up at Retropower…

This will be a restomod build, meaning it will ultimately deviate from standard Chevy specification in a number of key ways. Some will be subtle, others markedly less so, the owner’s choice of engine the most obvious instance of this: we’ll be hauling out the small block currently occupying the space between the front wings and replacing it with, you guessed it, an LS3. It’s a more capable engine, well supported by a massive aftermarket scene, and most importantly of all, the owner loves ’em!

Now midway through its extensive bodywork phase, our Camaro build looks set to be one of the most striking we’ve yet tackled. Click through the image gallery below to view the extensive metalwork changes undertaken by Stu, including a completely re-engineered front.

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