For the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Tim Allen stopped by with his customized 1968 Camaro.
Inspired by a green '68 Allen used to see racing up and down Detroit's Woodward Avenue, many subtle modifications and details cribbed from some legendary Camaro models.
Painted in the same shade as Allen's teenage fascination, the Camaro wears COPO badges. While it's not one of the original (and now extremely rare) COPO cars, it does feature a similarly monstrous "small-block" 427-cubic-inch V-8. It also has the hunkered-down stance of a Trans-Am racer. Think of it as a tribute to both cars.
Yet at first glance, it looks remarkably stock, as Allen didn't want to go too crazy with changes. The integrated fender flares and deleted drip rails give the car a muscular yet classy look, while the custom 17-inch Rally wheels keep things looking stock, but conceal upgraded Brembo disc brakes.
The engine bay got a similar remake. Allen said he wanted the swap to look like something that came right out of the Chevy factory, but also wanted to clean things up to properly show off that 427.
This Camaro can still smoke its tires like any other '60s muscle car, but upgrades to the structure and suspension give it the solidity and handling of a modern car, something Jay seemed very impressed with during the drive.