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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Well, this is the second Faux Ferrari for the Weekend; A 1983 Stiletto Camaro

Jim Brennan November 2, 2014 For Sale, Weekend Edition 19 Comments

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What is is with phony Ferraris in the first place? They really don’t look like the real thing to knowledgeable enthusiasts, they tend to have very poor build quality, and the image goes all to hell when the engine fires up… So, for the second time this weekend, I am highlighting another Phony Ferrari, though this one looks ten times better than the last one…

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According to the listing:

1 of 12 Custom Coach-built Stiletto Camaros EVER MADE, and 1 of 2 left on the face of the earth. Introduced at the 1983 New York Auto Show and 11 orders were placed. 13,700 ORIGINAL MILES and still on its ORIGINAL GOODYEAR EAGLE GT TIRES !! Based on a then-new 1983 Z-28 Camaro that had the chassis lengthened 12″ to give the rear passengers limosine-like legroom. European body panels were attached to give it a sleek appearance. Perfect running and driving condition. Loaded with Factory options including COLD A/C, T-Tops, Cruise Control and all power accessories. Fuel injected V-8 and overdrive automatic Trans. A true time capsule in turn-key condition ready to be enjoyed NOW !! No disappointments.

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The Buy-it-Now price tag for this genuine fake is $19,800, which really isn’t a bad price for an actual running, driving sports coupe, let alone one that looks almost (and I use that term loosely) a Ferrari 308 GTS. It does have the small V-8 (with Cross-Fire Throttle Body Injection) and most likely was equipped with the TH700-R4 4-speed automatic (the Z/28 models with the HO L69 4-bbl came with a 3-speed Auto if one wanted a slushbox) so it is relatively fuel efficient for a v-8 sports coupe. Tell me what you think of this particular fake Ferrari after taking a look at the listing here:

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  • dukeisduke

    I think it would look better as a Ferrari 400 knockoff. The 400 is already an outcast, so why not?

    • Ol Shel

      When money allows, I'm buying a 355 and slapping a Fiero GT kit on it.

  • MattC

    I have actually seen decent Fauxerris at Carlisle. Most we're, of course, based on Fiero platforms (the Mera comes to mind). But I never understand trying to base a mid engine design on a front engine platform. The proportions are completely off.

    More importantly, I actually prefer the customization of the Fiero platform that doesn't mimic any other car,

    • Even though I think the Pisa Jalapeño is ugly as sin, I like it more than a lot of kit cars because it's just such a deliberately odd mismash of styling cues.

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  • mrh1965

    Thanks for a laugh Jim. I think if you are going to turn a Camaro into a faux Ferrari, by the way, you should at least lose the highly identifiable Chevy rims.

    • Yeah this would actually be somewhat passable without the Camaro wheels sticking out like a sore thumb.

      • dukeisduke

        And the hood "scoop".

    • 7FIAT's Later

      No kidding, you think with the money already flushed, they would have sprung for some period BBS or something.

  • JackMaz

    It occupies difficult territory.

    Rare but not valuable and at the same time, troublingly nice for being neither Ferrari nor F-body. Too well executed and preserved to be sold for the couple thousand that poorly modded Fieros bring, but too blue-collar of heritage to command the price of an associate's degree.

    Also, "ORIGINAL GOODYEAR EAGLE GT TIRES … turn-key condition ready to be enjoyed NOW!!" Hmmm. The new owner might give that a think before entering the highway.

    • Maymar

      Let's not forget, you're probably coming in at four times the value of a nice 3rd gen F-Body, while being within $5000 or so of a presentable Ferrari (which, yes, will have much higher running costs).

      Hell, for like half that, you could still get a reasonable BMW 8-Series, and get an exotic looking European GT that doesn't feel like a Roger Smith-era GM.

  • mac350

    " though this one looks ten times better than the last one…" This may be true but 10 x 0 is still zero. At least it doesn't have any Ferrari emblems and doesn't claim to be a Ferrari look a like. The original Camaro looked better.

  • Sjalabais

    If I forget the "European body panels" for a second, not thinking about what they're trying to mimic, it is actually an almost beautiful, big, sport-ish coupe. With a V8. Not bad at all. Now about that price…

    • Preludacris

      No kidding, I actually kinda dig how this thing looks.

      • JayP2112

        It's not a bad looking car.

  • Rover_1

    It looks like a 308 viewed in one of those distorting fairground mirrors.

  • I just laughed so hard red wine came out of my nose.

    Then I read this: "(based on a)…. Camaro that had the chassis lengthened 12″ to give the rear passengers limosine-like legroom"

    Of all the machines to base a Ferrari rep on. You'd be better off basing your Ferrari replica on a Peterbilt. But, admittedly, get rid of ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING that suggests any Ferrari pretentions and this is actually a pretty cool car. Perhaps in the mould of the Bitter SC.

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    • smokyburnout

      I would imagine that gain in legroom is completely overshadowed by the loss of headroom from moving the seats further back into that sloping glass

      • Just prop the hatch open. Job jobbed.

  • dukeisduke

    No pictures in the listing of the rear. Also, plenty of traffic, but no bids.