Speaking of fastbacks, first-gen Camaros were only ever offered as coupes, but what if GM had decided to stretch the roof back a bit? Now Kaucher isn’t suggesting that ’67-69 Camaros aren’t great looking cars, but the artist in him couldn’t help but wonder what one would look like. The answer is pretty darn good! Matter of fact, there was at least one styling exercise for a fastback roofline in the studio back then, and we’d further bet that it looked a lot like this. We wouldn’t trade the classic first-gen Camaro for this, but then again we wouldn’t be upset if these had been produced. It actually lends a more legit 1960s competition-bred vibe. We’ve seen Camaros built pretty much every way imaginable, but no one has yet ventured to reshape the roof. We’re hoping this rendering by Kaucher inspires some enterprising metal shapers out there to cut one up.
There’s a plurality of Mustang lovers who consider the golden age of the classic ponies to have ended in 1970, with the possible exception of the ’71 Boss 351. In our opinion, the ’71-73 Mustangs aren’t really bad looking cars at all, but they just weren’t good follow-ups to the ’64-70 cars. So assuming that the big body is a given, Kaucher pondered what could be done to minimize the expansive nose that seems long and flat enough to land planes on? While leaving the rest of the body alone, he decided to follow the equally enormous Daytona Charger’s lead (as well as the ill-fated Torino-based ’70 Ford King Cobra) and gave this clean ’71 an aero nose, but kept a small open grille area that would aid cooling on a street car. Mustang cognoscente might also recognize the fender’s now have the distinct shape of the original Mustang II concept car. The result is a car that may be polarizing, but we seriously wish had been built.
Panteras occupy a very unique space—they’re somewhere in between an exotic and a muscle car. On paper the idea seemed perfect: a sleek Italian body by De Tomaso, and a Ford 351 Cleveland mounted mid-ship. And while they’ve always enjoyed a loyal following, Panteras were never quite the hit Ford had hoped. Perhaps the body was a bit too Italian. So Kaucher endeavored to muscle it up a bit with strong cues taken from various Mustangs, such as the body cove, and reshaped quarter window. We particularly like the altered quarter-panel that gives the Pantera more rear haunch and the one-piece aero nose. We’re fairly split on this one since we like the original Pantera shape, but Kaucher’s version does have more FoMoCo DNA in its design, which might have helped American buyers connect more with the radical styling. Which do you prefer?
Built from 1963 to 1966 by Chevrolet performance tuner Bill Thomas with covert assistance from GM’s performance group, the Cheetah was meant to be a Cobra killer, and plans were in place to build a street-going version of the Cheetah. Unfortunately, only a handful of the race cars were ever built before the factory burned down. The project could have been restarted, but GM pulled their support and mid-engine racers like the GT40 were already rendering the Cheetah obsolete on the track. But imagine what an incredible street car it would have been! Borrowing design cues from midyear Corvettes, Kaucher lengthened the wheelbase, smoothed down the roofline, reworked the rearend and nose to give the car more flattering proportions, plus added fullsize doors. We love the final execution of this Cobra killer, but the problem for GM is obvious: the Cheetah might have ended up being a Corvette killer as well!