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1968 Chevrolet Camaro COPO: Jay Leno Test Drives Tim Allen’s New Car

Watch as the famous comedians take this first-generation F-body for a spin in California

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As huge fans of first-generation F-bodies, it should come as no surprise that we’re ecstatic to hear Tim Allen is the owner of a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 427ci COPO. We reported a few months back about Classic Industries’ project car for Allen, which displayed at the 2013 SEMA show. Today, we’re here telling you just how impressive the end result turned out. On an episode of “Jay’s Garage,” we get the opportunity to see the COPO in action on the winding roads of Southern California with Allen and Leno. With the windows down, rowing gears, on a typical So Cal day, we see the car in action.

Of course, Allen is no stranger to the automotive world and carries a serious list of currently and previously owned vehicles that would make any aficionado green with envy. His vision for this particular 1968 Camaro was influenced by days racing on Woodward Ave. in Detroit, Michigan and so it was vitally important to get the look just right. Thankfully, with the help of OER restoration parts, the Classic Industries team along with Allen prepped this Camaro with period correct bumpers, window glass, and ever the rear lamp lenses and bezels to solidify the look. What’s more, the fenders were flared and the drip rails were even shaved for that clean and neat appeal with an aggressive stance.

That’s not all either. Allen’s Camaro was stiffened with a complete Detroit Speed Inc. suspension and complimented with a set of Brembo binders front to rear. With a set of Brembo 14-inch brakes at all four corners, six-piston up front, four-piston in the rear Leno even notes how sure-footed this Camaro feels. Not stopping there, a custom set of Wheel Vintiques Vintage Rallye 66 wheels were constructed to clear the calipers. That said, those wheels are probably the most attractive set of OEM Plus style hoops we’ve seen in a long time.

The icing on this cake, however, is what powers this Camaro. For Allen, more power is always just around the corner. GM Performance was called in and they happily stuffed the Camaro with their LS7 crate engine, which churns out 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Allen’s all-new 1968 Chevy COPO Camaro is both classic and modern at the same time. Yes, more than adequate but a serious car deserves some serious power.

We heavily recommend you give the episode the full run it deserves. Tim Allen’s 1968 Chevy Camaro packs a mean punch, just watch as the Hollywood movie star lights-up the tires at the end of the episode. The ‘68 COPO is one cool ride.

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49 comments
B Hugh Fulk
B Hugh Fulk

Tim Allens eyes about popped out of his head when he stepped on it.

Flavio Leon
Flavio Leon

no replace Tim allen with those.....Seinfeld prolly doesnt know much car chit...but "not that there is anything wrong w. that"

Martin Yang
Martin Yang

Awesome build. The mods are perfect for a street rod! Tim Allen is definitely a car guy, no question!

David J Miller
David J Miller

Not big on I got so much money I can have what you can only dream about . Hope it's not destroyed in the storage where it sits like Reggie Jackson's collection

Bart Wade
Bart Wade

I dig that build. Came out perfect. :)

Allan Parker
Allan Parker

I think it looks great -- but I thought it was matt black .

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

that green is so clean and sick on this car. Like

Walter Thomas
Walter Thomas

Have to look hard to find a good deal.. nice job.

Andy Norton
Andy Norton

One way to do a home improvement , park this out front.

Ryan Mcanally
Ryan Mcanally

Jays like batman always on the fly and getting a laugh out of people jams.

Reese Sanchez
Reese Sanchez

Lol Tim Allen's face at the end during the burn out priceless lol

Johnnie Brady
Johnnie Brady

Yeah I would give my left nut for it thats for sure !!!! :)

Mark Sobolewski
Mark Sobolewski

What's not to like, The car is awesome. Green was a great choice.

Mike Redmond
Mike Redmond

Now it's that time in the show...... Will it do a burn out? Haha.

Burt Jackson
Burt Jackson

replace Seinfekd with Chris Titus or Kenny Wallace

Steve LaRiviere
Steve LaRiviere

Very nice Camaro. I think the COPO emblems are kind of hokey, but it's his car after all and overall it's a nice build.

Mike Jakubec
Mike Jakubec

not a chevy guy by no means, but i love this car, simple yet beastly, stance and grace, i think anyone with two working nads would love to have this car! superb 68!

James Gibat-Thoroski
James Gibat-Thoroski

That is an awesome ride...I would have liked them to put it next to a stock 68 Camaro just see get a glimpse at all the items they changed...but it's a very very cool car.

Craig Maiorana
Craig Maiorana

Had this car in our shop and at our booth at SEMA .... got to spend a few days looking her over .... it is a sharp car ....lots of subtle touches that you have to do a double take when you see them

Justin Gagen
Justin Gagen

Tim Allen, Jay Leno, and Jerry Seinfeld should take over Top Gear USA.

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