Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1970 Camaro – Restored Base Coupe; Six or V8?

nifticus found something a bit out of the ordinary here: a 1970 Camaro base coupe diligently restored to its original appearance. No Rally wheels or mags, no big exhaust pipes, no Z-28 clone badges and stripes, no nothing, other than how it looked the day it rolled off the lines.

And for all we know, this may very well be a six; its Canadian provenance makes that even substantially more likely.

One skinny little exhaust exhaust pipe, and four skinny whitewall tires. And those rather cheesy original full wheel covers. Living proof that not all 1970 Camaros were Z/28s (only 7% were). Even the big gap between the trunk lid and body is a testament to the original mediocre assembly quality. At least the long door isn’t sagging.

At first glance I though maybe this upholstery was somehow perfectly preserved original. No so; it’s quite apparent that these are seat covers, in a vinyl pattern that replicates the original very closely, but because it’s a cover and not actual upholstery, it looks overly flat, lacking the modest contouring of the originals. It looks more suitable for a Chevy van than a Camaro, but there it is.

The original buyer sprung for at least a couple of options, including the console to surround the shifter for the THM automatic. And a radio, which appears to be AM-only.

The rear seems to be sitting a wee bit higher than original, which is probably due to some new springs that aren’t quite to spec, as I very much doubt a subtle rake was part of the program.

So here we stand, looking at one of the better shapes to come out of Detroit in quite a while. It’s been described as   paying homage to the many Ferrari’s Bill Mitchell strategically sprinkled around the design Center, to motivate his cribbers stylists. Help yourself to which one you think most directly influenced it.

Although Ferrari influence is apparent, my vote is the 1967 Alfa Romeo Montreal Prototype, shown three years earlier. It was designed by Marcello Gandini at the height of his powers, right about the same time he did the Miura. Both were profoundly influential, to say the least. I’m only surprised that the Camaro didn’t sport stripes on its flanks to emulate the vents in the Montreal’s C pillar; that left it to Plymouth to do so on the 1971 Road Runner.

Obviously the Camaro’s front end is where the Ferrari influence is all-too obvious. No matter who was cribbed; it is a very fine design, one that Pininfarina praised (even if it was cribbing a Bertone design?) and I paid lavish homage to here:
Curbside Classic: 1970 Camaro – GM’s Greatest Hit #1 – Even Pininfarina Praised It

Even CC’s self-avowed Chevy/Camaro skeptic Jim Cavanaugh found some good things to say about it:
Curbside Classic: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS – A Fresh Look