The slow roll-out of vehicles used in Transformers 4 continues. After teasing the new Optimus Prime and a tricked-out 2014 Corvette Stingray yesterday, director Michael Bay followed up today by showing the car slated to star as Bumblebee: a highly-modified 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.
In Bay’s string of Transformers motion pictures, Bumblebee’s automotive form has always been a Camaro, but until now, it has never a first-generation Camaro.
In the first Transformers flick, which was released in 2007, Bumblebee started as a rag-tag ‘77 Camaro before evolving into a variant of the Camaro concept car with black-on-yellow paint. For the sequel, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Bumblebee was based on a production Camaro SS fitted with a unique front fascia, wheels, and hood. That look evolved again for the third installment, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, leaving Bumblebee with a tweaked front fascia, new wheels, new front and rear spoilers, a new hood, and outboard racing stripes.
Few details are known about this modified ’67 Camaro, but like many of the Camaros cast in his role, this car is far from stock. The nose striping and hide-away headlamps suggest the car to be patterned after a Camaro RS/SS, but shaved bumpers, a massive front splitter, steroid-fueled fender flares, mile-wide wheels and tires, and a bulging hood are unlike anything Chevrolet churned off its assembly lines forty-six years ago. If you’re a Camaro purist, you’ll likely be disgusted; if you’re a fan of resto-modding or the pro-touring scene, chances are you’ll love it.
We don’t know exactly how Bumblebee came to be a ’67 Camaro, or if he splits his screen time in the new flick between his first- and fifth-gen Camaro forms. Chances are we won’t know for certain until Bay’s blockbuster rolls into theatres next summer.
Source: Paramount Pictures