The latest video installment of Jay Leno's Garage takes a look at a convertible 1968 Chevy Camaro. Actually, two 1968 Camaros on the same, but different, chassis. It's an RS/SS hybrid of sorts that's both fully-restored stock and modified at the same time.

It may sound like something cooked up just in time for Halloween, but, in fact, it was built by State Farm Insurance to educate agents about the myriad ways classic cars can be restored.

The driver's side of the Camaro is stock 1968 Camaro RS except for the clearcoat paint. The rear wheel is the stock 1968 hubcap and whitewall, while the front is the optional redline tire and rally wheel. Passengers, however, get to travel in what the car would look like as a heavily modded SS with bright red paint, shaved door handles, a spoiler, oversized custom wheels and side pipes.

Looking at each side individually, the two wouldn't seem odd at all. From the front or back, though, you'd swear someone just couldn't make up their mind. The whole car is split down the middle, beginning with an RS grille on the right with hidden headlights and exposed lights and half an SS badge on the left. The hood is split between the standard flat RS hood and a louvered Super Sport lid. The divide continues over the cloth top and onto the rear deck lid where half an SS spoiler sits. The engine is split with aluminum heads on one side, cast iron on the other. The SS side also has tubular control arms, nitrous, big brakes and a carbon-fiber wheelhouse.

A single, split-personality Camaro is easier for State Farm to transport than two Camaros, says State Farm's Earl Hyser (who built the original side). He says the car would probably run, but they've never tried because keeping it empty of fluids allows them to take it into any building.

The "cross-dressing Camaro" as Leno calls it, will be on display at this year's SEMA. Check out the video below.



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      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's cool, most insurance companies could care less about classics. I called about my 68 Charger and most could only say "the VIN number doesn't have enough digits". Well ya, it was built 45 yrs ago. Hagertys and State Farm are great with classics.
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most classic car insurers charge you based on the value you put on your car and limited the usage which is usually around 2,000 miles a year. It is relatively cheap considering.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @csrecord
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      Karfreek
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have American Collectors Insurance on my Trans Am, I can not say enough good things about them. They even cover spare parts that I have for the car should something happen to them. My father made a claim on his car after an incident, they even offered to pay extra for parts that were from the proper manufacture date.
      Ricky
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I can now say for sure that I hate State Farm.
        rjstanford
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ricky
        Why? This kind of training makes it far more likely that your classic insurance claim will be paid out correctly, not just based on "Well, it was $4K new, then add 45 years of depreciation..."
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      why?
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      jose
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great way to destroy a car.... that car is worthless cant even drive it.. even the engine is halved???
      joect129
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoa...Butternut Yellow. Same color (with a black vinyl top) as Dad's 1968 Impala sedan. We called it the Banana Car.
      William Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      very original idea..
      Pedro Mace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anyone ever do that?
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