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As we get closer and closer to the start date for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI., more and more rumors are circulating the web as to what will be unveiled at this years show.
One such rumor is in regards to a mystery GM concept. Sources suggest it will be a Chevrolet product, and the name that has been kicking around the most is the Chevelle.
Rumors regarding a return of the Chevelle has been around for two years now and was initially expected to bow at the L.A. Auto Show two years ago, but all we got was a scale model. Many expected that the concept would have been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, but that never happened either.
So could Detroit play host to this much anticipated concept? Will the new Chevelle be as cool as the 1970 model (pictured)? And will it be called the Chevelle or something else, as GM has the name “Chicane” also trademarked.
With the first press day only a few days away, you won’t have to wait too long to find out the answer.
Chevrolet revealed their COPO Camaro, Hot Wheels Camaro and a special Chevelle yesterday and AutoGuide was on hand for the reveal at the Wynn hotel.
We also managed to get some video with representatives of both Hot Wheels and Chevrolet to walk you through the cars. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Chevrolet hosted a special event at the Wynn in Las Vegas to showcase three new muscle cars, as well as the special edition Sonics already brought to you by AutoGuide.
First up was the Chevrolet Camaro COPO concept, a preview of what Chevrolet says is their potential NHRA Eliminator class dragster. While Chevy says that the car is a concept, Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet means that the COPO will almost certainly go into production just to make sure that Chevrolet has a dog in the fight. With a 9″ live rear axle conversion, roll cage, 2 speed Powerglide transmission and a choice of two crate motors (a supercharged 327 or a 427), the COPO could be a serious contender on the dragstrip.
Chevrolet also unveiled a special Chevelle commissioned by Dale Earnhadrt Jr, which was designed to show off their new crate motor program. Chevrolet will now offer a turnkey package featuring a motor, transmission and all wiring and ancillaries that will enable hot-rodders to simply drop in a complete drivetrain with minimal work involved. Two 4-speed automatics will be offered with either a naturally aspirated smallblock or a blown LSA V8.
Lastly, a special edition Hot Wheels Camaro Concept, commemorating 45 years of Hot Wheels toys. The concept features a special paint treatment similar to the original die-cast cars, designed to give the Camaro a shimmering paintjob, with a process involving the entire car being chromed as well as painted.
Gallery: Chevrolet Camaro COPO, Hot Wheels Camaro Concept and Chevelle Crate Engine
Currently for sale by RK Motors, this is far more than just a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle. True, it might look like a mild restomod, but under that shiny blue body is a 2007 Corvette chassis and a modern LS2 powerplant.
The 6.0L LS2 V8 puts out 400-hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and runs all the factory fuel injection, traction control, cruise control, etc. To make it a show-worthy engine bay, plenty of blue carbon fiber trim pieces were made to look as if they were installed at the factory. In addition, tons of components were polished to a brilliant shine.
For the body, every panel was block sanded to achieve a flawless surface and painted a two-tone blue pearl metallic paint job, essentially a pairing of the LeMans Blue that was available on the ’68 Chevelle and the ’07 Corvette.
And naturally, with the vehicle sporting a Corvette chassis, Corvette 18- and 19-inch wheels are bolted on. In addition, the Z51-spec suspension and brakes are fully intact. The only major aftermarket piece to the entire project is a set of long-tube headers that lead out to a custom dual exhaust.
GALLERY: 1968 Chevrolet Corvelle Convertible
[Source: RK Motors]
Check out video of this stunning restomod after the jump: