• May 17, 2011
Bill Rombauts and his buddy Dave Sherer have taken the patina'd rat rod look to new heights, applying the rust-first philosophy to a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Before going all Father Time on the paint job, the two spent close to $100,000 giving the car as much go as it has show.

Underneath all that affected rust and thinning paint lives a worked-over Kenne Bell supercharged 485-cubic-inch V8 based on a GM Performance Parts block. Before the addition of the blown 485, the Chevrolet was pumping out in the neighborhood of 650 rear-wheel-horsepower and tripping the lights in around 11 seconds through the quarter mile. Now, Sherer and Rombauts are looking for the 10-second range, and won't say what kind of power the car makes.

Say what you will about the decision to make a brand-new Camaro look like it's 30 years old, but you definitely can't argue with this thing's gusto. With prodigious power, a $100K mod list and a paint scheme some might call ugly, it's also guaranteed to make a stir on Power Tour 2011. To make that goal a reality, Rombauts and Sherer are looking for sponsors to get their car to and from the Tour.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love rat-rod, but when its purposefully done to a BRAND NEW car, I am not a fan at all. Do this to some old-school 80s era Camaro - that would make more sense, but to me this is like buying brand new jeans with holes cut into them from the factory. Its stupid and makes you seem like you are trying to buy street cred... you should have to earn the wear and tear.
      meshcount
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of one of my decades-old Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's the faded jeans of cars. Poor and decrepit is the new cool
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Camaro meets early 90s Seattle grunge rock scene. I wonder what old Kurt Cobain and Lane Staley would think?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
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      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol...I guess this thing thing will apeal to people who buy brand new jeans that have uneven fading, and even rips, tears and holes in the knees.
      zombyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The automotive equivalent of acid washed jeans. I like the rat rod look, but it's better when the hardware has earned the rust and miles.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a tad erie, as if I am looking into the future at an old fixer-upper 20 to 30 years from now, or a barn find. I'm surprised and glad the haters/import fanboys haven't come out with their typical "mullet mobile" and trailer park jokes.
      BOB
      • 3 Years Ago
      $100,000.00 to make 1 sec. faster?? Give me $100,000.00 and I'll buy a super car and have enough left over for a Budwiser. It'll sure look better too. ;-)
        chest rockwell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BOB
        Agreed. I'm a big fan of the Camaro SS, but that $100K doesn't sound like it was put to good use. Especially since they're now unable to scrape up the gas money to take this thing on the road!
      ravenosa
      • 3 Years Ago
      For added realism they should just remove all the paint, let it sit out in the rain and rust. It'd look just as good. A vinyl roof would have looked better...
      largof1
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a look only a Camaro owner could love.
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      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      As fake as fake can be! Jesus, none of it is real, what a poser and a faker, how about you actually let the car do this naturally and don't try and speed up time to make it look "Patina'd" Holy Lord, what a waste of money. This kind of look on a car is EARNED, NOT PURPOSELY DONE TO LOOK LIKE IT THE REAL AGED CARS. DUMP THIS TRASH IN A CAR CRUSHER, NOW!
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Harry
        "DUMP THIS TRASH IN A CAR CRUSHER, NOW!" It's nothing a good paint-job can't fix. I know that would be my first "mod" if I landed this car. Better yet, I would tell him get it painted and we have a deal. I agree that this is completely pointless on a brand new car.
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid. News flash, people.... if your car isnt old, DONT MAKE IT TRY AND LOOK LIKE IT IS. You just end up looking like douches. Between patina'd cars, fiberglass-bodied "32 Fords", and "rat rods", I have enough laughing material to last a lifetime. Seriously, people.
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