Curbside Crusher Bait – American Oxidation

Camaro in Japan

Greetings from the Land of the Rising Sun! It is a pleasure to be back at Curbside Classic after several years absence. I find all sorts of Curbside Classics in Japan and, thanks to the miracle of the modern smartphone, I am never without a camera. Hopefully over the coming days, weeks, months and years I will be bringing you interesting finds from western side of the Pacific.

Today’s offering is a second gen Camaro I found atop a building at a local recycling center. Unfortunately, I was trapped in a traffic jam and wasn’t able to get any closer. By the tail lights, I’m fairly certain it is a 70 1/2 or a 71. Beyond that, I’ll have to leave it to you fine folks to fill in the details.

Back in the 1980s, Japan was on top of the world. Flush with cash, the Japanese snapped up all sorts of American icons and there was talk that, although America had won the war, Japan was winning the peace. That all changed when the bubble burst in the early 1990s and Japan has been on a downward slide ever since. I’m guessing this car made the trip across the Pacific while times were good but, like its adopted home, has suffered in the years since.

It’s a sad end to a bitchin’ Camaro.