• Mar 18, 2010

That's no Camaro Convertible. It's a horror show. - Click above for image gallery

Autoblog reader Joe Lopez spied what looked to be a Chevrolet Camaro Convertible prototype out on the street. Jazzed about his sighting, he trailed the car as it pulled into a local Detroit-area Target store. Camera in hand, he moved in for pics. That's likely when the sheer horror of the situation before him struck with the force of a Toyota Prius driven by Jim Sikes.

This was no Camaro Convertible.

Someone had done the unthinkable (and yet, at the same time, inevitable): They had fitted a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS with a fabric mock top. Joe's no dummy. He took the photos anyway, and posted them on his blog, 5thGenCamaro. Then he emailed us, so here we are.

As we all know, tastes vary. That established, in our books, at least, mock tops are only moderately less revolting than the ill-advised landau roof. As you can see, this is one of the more super-classy installations, including false roof bows and a ring of tonneau snaps - because those really scream modernity. The shark fin roof antenna poking through the fabric is the proverbial cherry atop this turd sundae.

As you'll see in the gallery below, there's a real convertible – a Chrysler Sebring – parked to the Camaro's right. We believe we can confidently say that this is the only time a Chrysler Sebring actually looks better to us than a new Chevy Camaro. And that, friends, is frightening. If it were a Buick Lacrosse - even the new one - we probably wouldn't care. It'd almost... belong. But this? Who does this? Click on the gallery below, then avert your eyes. Thanks for the indigestion pics, Joe!



[Sources: 5thGenCamaro, MichiganClassics.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog... you know that's not an LS with those wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      . . . he could've added the continental kit ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's parked at Eastland Mall. Considering the type of people who shop there, that doesn't surprise me at all. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on GM- Give us the real ragtop
      Look what lengths some will go to!
      That said, it is a well done, if tasteless "Sim"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not like it "looks" terrible, it's just the "idea" that bothers everyone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This doesn't bother me any more than the fact that what was supposed to be a 2007 Camaro took 5 years to develop and STILL the convertible is not out yet....
        • 4 Years Ago
        If GM had developed the car FIRST as a convertible (like Ford did with the Mustang), you would have your rag-top now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yet another example of the crazies that live and die in Michigan. Old simple jacks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fuuuuu
      • 4 Years Ago
      I HATE, HATE fake convertible tops.


      HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTEEEE!

      I don't vehemently hate much of anything, I don't think it is worth it...

      Except this. Fake convertible tops are worth hatred.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        • 4 Years Ago
        I've spent a lot of time in St. George Utah (it's like a more retirement oriented version of Scottsdale) and I saw after market Vinyl mock-tops on every car with a grey haired granny driving. There were Honda Accords, Toyota Camrys, Nissan Altimas, Ford Tauruses, and even a BMW 3 series.
        But I never would have supposed that a retiree would want to cruise in GM's latest muscle car, like they were in a 79' Cadillac Fleetwood sedan,
        THAT IS JUST WRONG!
        Former S-owner
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only shock is this was Detroit and not Florida where mocktops are de rigeur.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You guys have obviously not spent much time in Detroit. I think Michigan's state flag has a landau top on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see that they are handicapped. Must be of the mental variety.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a camaro, who cares.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is this any different than the vinyl tops that came on many of the original Camaros, and various other vehicles over the years? Same style, same concept. I don't get the "disgust".
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a far cry from a '69 with a vinyl roof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      having had 3 different convertibles of my own... if he really wanted to do this correctly, he should have slightly yellowed the rear window and maybe thrown in a few crack or crease lines at the edges.
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