Meet Two Face the Camaro. Can you tell which is the good half and which is the bad on this '68 convertible?
State Farm had it built to serve as a gimmicky training tool for classic car insurance appraisers, so that they'd know the difference between a factory spec restoration and a cobbled together resto-mod.
The driver's side of the car was refinished exactly as it came from the Chevrolet assembly line, while the passenger side was the recipient of sloppy welds and body filler application, incorrectly sized wheels and brake parts, and a less-than-concourse quality paint job. It also has a bunch of goofy modifications — bling bling rims and weird brakes among them — that many classic car aficionados would consider anathema.
Looking at the picture, you still might think that this is just a quick cut and paste photoshop job, but State Farm's restorers made sure the line between concourse and crappy was abrupt enough to look almost fake. From paint and interior carpet to the car's convertible top and cylinder heads, it's the Harvey Dent of Camaros.
The dual Camaro took three and a half years to complete, but using a totaled '68 Camaro they had in storage, four guys at State Farm's Vehicle Research Facility in Bloomington, Ill. decided that the best way to show appraisers the difference between a good restoration and a half-assed one was to apply both to the same car.
In addition to using the two tone car as a training tool, State Farm also parades it around at car shows, using it as a prop to promote classic car insurance policies.
Even though functional parts like the brakes, wheels, and cylinder heads are mismatched — the passenger side head is an aluminum performance upgrade — the car runs and drives, albeit weirdly. You wouldn't want to take it on any long trips, but driving this car around town would be a blast. Imagine the incredulous stares you'd get.
(Hat tip to nobody backflips jetpacks!)
Photo credit: State Farm via Flickr