2012 Chicago: The Crazy Custom Chevrolets Of The Chicago Auto Show

Technically, there are two Chevrolet displays at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show: one that’s officially tied to the automaker, and another that’s sponsored by local Chevy dealers. The latter boasted several oddly-customized Camaros, Corvettes, and Cruzes, some of which were just too weird for us to ignore.

Lingenfelter LPE Signature Series Camaro: Both the silver-on-black paint scheme and convertible roll bar reminded us a bit of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car, but the see-through hood — along with the supercharged small-block V-8 underneath — will likely remind owners of the Corvette ZR1. The Stage Two package shown here comes with a 600-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 by default, but other choices — including a 650-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8; a 750-hp, supercharged 7.0-liter V-8; and a 800-hp, twin-turbocharged V-8 — are optional.

Karl’s Kustom Corvette: The brochure proclaims the car you see here has “the look of a mid-year, and the safety, comfort, and technology of a C6 Corvette.” The first point may be open for debate: although the front and rear clips are fairly accurate replicas of the C2 Corvette, the finished product just seems too long and wide to be convincing. The proportional disparities are especially apparent on convertibles once the top is stored.

Camaro SSAWD: Ever wonder what a 1968 Camaro would look like if it mated with a 2010 Camaro, and somehow sprouted all wheel drive in the process? Neither did we, but apparently the result looks like wild muscle car. The car allegedly started as a six-cylinder ’68 Camaro, but now boasts the rear clip from a 2010 Camaro, wide body fenders, and no roof structure altogether.

A LSX 376 crate engine is paired with a supercharger too large to fit beneath the domed hood. When running 20 pounds of boost, that combination produces about 800 hp, which is sent to all four wheels via a four-speed automatic and a front drive assembly borrowed from a Trailblazer SS.

Chicago Blackhawks Camaro Convertible: I’m a hockey fan, but I’m not sure I’d go so far as to decorate my car in honor of my favorite team. Regardless, this one-off Camaro is a rolling homage to the windy city’s home team. The black-on-white paint scheme isn’t unattractive, but the other elements — including upper and lower grille inserts patterned after the Chicago Blackhawks logo — are a bit much. If this resonates with you, head to the Chicago Auto Show’s public days: we’re told the custom Chicago Blackhawks Camaro will be given away to one lucky (crazy?) fan.

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