There’s nothing wrong with the classic Chevrolet Camaro and the engine location. But if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if someone converted a 1968 Camaro to a mid-engined layout, look no further than this one. The custom build was done by Centerline Vehicle Designs of Boone, North Carolina, back in the 1990s, and the car is a beautiful work of art.
1968 Mid-Engine Chevrolet Camaro: Details
There’s not much stock on this 1968 Chevrolet Camaro anymore, except for the door frames, roof rails, front portion of the front fenders, rear portion of the rear fenders, and the windows. According to its Bring A Trailer listing, the mid-engined muscle car has received a new body 5-inches wider, 10-inches longer, and has a 3.5-inch longer wheelbase. Those are some pretty dramatic changes, but the car still appears to be a Camaro in form.
That is until you open the hood, or rather the rear decklid, where a naturally aspirated 455ci Oldsmobile V8 with 486 horsepower and 506 lb-ft of torque has made its home. However, this is by no means a fast muscle car. A dyno graph included in the sale shows that peak power is at around 6,000 rpm, but then the curve drops rapidly. Moreover, with only a three-speed automatic transmission from a Toronado, it would be begging for more gears if it had more power under the curve.
It would have been much easier to use an LS and make everything more modern. But the builders wanted to create a car that wasn’t too far off from what could have been back when the vehicle was new. They executed that goal perfectly, with the finished product looking top-notch throughout the entire build, from the engine bay to the custom exhaust and the interior with its amazing switchgear. The car isn’t without some modern touches, though, with air conditioning, ceiling-mounted speakers, and power windows the future owner will want for nothing.
As of writing, the current bid is sitting at $73,000, and with two days left before the sale closes, there’s still a possibility that the mid-engine 1968 Chevrolet Camaro can sell for more.