• Jan 9, 2009
Click above for image gallery of the Frua Camaro

Designer Pietro Frua had a very distinctive hand, and many of his designs sport undeniable beauty. Depending on your perspective, this coachbuilt mid-'70s Chevrolet Camaro is probably not one of those cars. The vehicle is still kicking around; appraiser and enthusiast Dennis Mitosinka is listed as the current owner by Pietro-Frua.de. It bears a passing resemblance to all kinds of 1970s vehicles, from the Ford Capri to the Nissan 280ZX. The fundamental lines are classically proportioned and cleanly drawn, mostly because the second-gen Camaro itself had good proportions and clean lines. If nothing else, owning this Frua would be a great way to hold court (and keep 'em guessing!) at Concorso Italiano while offering the reliability, ease of upkeep and low maintenance costs of good old unloved domestic iron. When you're done looking at our gallery below, check out some additional images here.


[Source: Hemmings, Photo: Car & Driver]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If you follow the article link to the additional pictures you'll find one that has an ironic element (see http://www.pietro-frua.de/graphics/pics_big/1976_chevrolet_2003_37.php) If you check out the sticker on the air cleaner it says "Keep your GM car all GM". Too bad that wasn't done as this is one strange , ugly beast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting........why would an Italian designer take a car that was already ugly....and make it uglier. The original design of this generation Camaro was nice...prior to 74-78. This one is tacky and tasteless.......candy red paint, flames, slicks, and fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror would have looked better on this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      stick some paddle-style door handles on that thing and you got yourself an almost-dead-ringer for a 2nd gen AMC matador coupe. and i'm still not sure i liked that car, either ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      That car is not attractive. How does it drive?
      byron
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was gonna say plum UGLY, but it does look like the espada
      • 6 Years Ago
      the front end reminds me of a Jag xj6
      anyone else see it?
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not post 8 any more. Who are you agreeing with?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well that's hideous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That rear hatch is disgusting. This clown completely ruined the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "while offering the reliability, ease of upkeep and low maintenance costs of good old unloved domestic iron."

      Yep, nothing says reliability and quality like 1970s Detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dig it, dude. I mean it's unique, different, etc, and not too ugly. I just like it for being different. Now, where'd I put that Zeppelin 8-track?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like some kind of weird Lamborghini Espada.
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