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Ah, Camaro. Chevy’s late-1960s answer to the Mustang. A classic pony car with classic styling. Even mid-’70s Camaros looked the part of a musclebound bully, despite performance being toned down a bit.

Can you picture one in your mind? Now imagine the sound of a record-player needle scraping across vinyl. Open your eyes … This is the 1976 Chevrolet Camaro “Europo Hurst” by Frua. It ain’t your daddy’s Camaro, that’s for sure. Unless ol’ Pops grew up on the other side of the Atlantic.



a car parked in front of a palm tree: Europo Hurst front three-quarter


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Europo Hurst front three-quarter

With styling that’s notably European, this Camaro was designed by Italian coachbuilder Pietro Frua at Chevrolet’s request. Among the characteristics that are markedly different from its American Camaro sibling are a blacked-out front with quad headlights and the addition of a rear hatch—a huge one, in fact—with Firebird taillights.

The styling exercise is mostly skin deep, as mechanically the Europa Hurst retains its 350-cubic-inch small-block V-8 and four-speed manual gearbox.



a car parked in front of a brick building: Europo Hurst front


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Europo Hurst front



a car parked on the side of a building: Europo Hurst rear


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Europo Hurst rear

Alas, the Frua never came to fruition as a production car. Shipping parts and panels back and forth to Europe was likely cost prohibitive. But you can own this one, which is being offered without reserve by RM Sotheby’s. The Europa Hurst crosses the virtual block in September, along with other vehicles in the Mitosinka Collection. RM places its pre-auction estimate at $80,000–$120,000.



a car parked in front of a building: Europo Hurst side profile


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Europo Hurst side profile

Although our first reaction to the car was to balk that this was a Camaro of any sort, the car’s style does have a way of growing on you. That’s especially true of its attractive profile, which, dare we say, reminds us of a Mustang Mach 1? We’re guessing that was not Frua’s intent, but somewhere out there in the ether he’s probably enjoying the somewhat ironic comparison.



a car parked on the side of a building: Europo Hurst front three-quarter


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Europo Hurst front three-quarter



a car parked on the side of a building: Europo Hurst rear side profile


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Europo Hurst rear side profile



a car parked on the side of a road: Europo Hurst front half profile


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Europo Hurst front half profile



a car parked in a parking lot: Europo Hurst rear fascia


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Europo Hurst rear fascia



a car parked in a parking lot: Europo Hurst front fascia


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Europo Hurst front fascia



a close up of a car: Europo Hurst roof


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Europo Hurst roof



a car parked on the side of a road: Europo Hurst interior door panel


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Europo Hurst interior door panel



a close up of a car: Europo Hurst interior shifter


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Europo Hurst interior shifter



a car parked in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Europo Hurst front interior angled


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Europo Hurst front interior angled



Europo Hurst frua chevy bowtie badge


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Europo Hurst frua chevy bowtie badge



a close up of a device: Europo Hurst camaro front badge


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Europo Hurst camaro front badge



a close up of a car: Europo Hurst interior drivers side


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Europo Hurst interior drivers side



a motorcycle parked next to a car engine: Europo Hurst engine front


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Europo Hurst engine front



a car engine: Europo Hurst engine angled


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Europo Hurst engine angled

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