The blasphemy! The horror! The … wait, that actually looks pretty darn good. Many people have cloned GTO wagons out of Tempest or LeMans wagons in years past (including our sister magazine High-Performance Pontiac), but not from a Firebird. We’re usually lukewarm at best on muscle car wagon conversions, but we have to admit this F-body–based version not only looks factory, it’s probably the best phantom wagon we’ve ever seen. Most of this Firebird remains factory, and the wagon section could have been created using a scaled-down version of a Chevelle wagon roof. Matter of fact, that’s what Kaucher used to create this photochop. We’d actually be looking for one of these cars if it existed.
Bonus: The 1975 Plymouth ’Cuda
A version of this one was actually one step away from being built! These Plymouth ’Cuda styling mock-ups from May of 1969 show just two possible design directions that Plymouth was exploring for the ’75 ’Cuda. As we all know, new Federal crash standards were just around the corner, and killed many of the cool bumper and front end designs that were on the table. In the end, though, a very conservative customer focus clinic in Cincinnati hated the production-ready design, and that ultimately put a stop to the ’Cuda. These photos were originally published in our Sept. ’07 issue (see “The Fish That Got Away”) in a story written by the late, great Paul Zazarine.
“Shoulda Been” Model Kits!
Want to build your own without hacking any steel? Kaucher Kustoms offers resin models of the fastback Camaro as well as a ’69 Camaro Sport wagon, a ’64 Caddy Sport coupe, and way cool Euro ’62 Thunderbird Turin. Want to see what those would have looked like? Check out PopularHotRodding.com!