Something new and unique is planned to debut at SEMA in 2018. Everyone has seen second- generation Camaros. And it goes without saying that everyone knows about the 1963 Corvette. But, what no one has ever seen or heard of before is a melding of the two; until now, that is.
Derek White, owner and builder at Street Visions, located in Salisbury, North Carolina, first got the idea while visiting a friend in Pennsylvania. This friend owned a second-generation Camaro, and while looking at that car, he recognized an opportunity to build something that’s never been built before.
During the airplane ride home from Pennsylvania, Derek sent the time drawing out the car he envisioned, planning what it would look like. When the design was complete, all he could say was, “I’m going to build this.”
The car, named ‘Split Personality’, is about a year from completion. It is built of 100-percent metal, with no fiberglass, and is set on a tube chassis. Although the car rolls, much is still left to do. The body still needs work and a covering of paint, and as you can imagine, the wiring still needs to be completed. All of which is being done in-house. The only thing the guys at Street Visions are not doing is the interior work. “We don’t want it to be a Corvette,” Derek said, “We are building a concept Camaro.”
But he isn’t building the car for himself. He’s hoping that someone will want to buy it when it’s complete. “We’re trying to keep the old-school muscle car look. Right now, it’s got a 454 big-block, full tube chassis, and Corvette suspension.” While that’s the case for now, Derek is open to letting the customer decide what goes under the hood and what shifts the gears.
This custom is for show-and-go, as the marketer of the project, Jeff Spiegel, phrased it. The team plans for the car to debut at SEMA 2018, and then travel to other high profile shows. Both Derek and Jeff noted that the car would be making appearances at some road course races as well. “We’re building more of a show car, but it will run on the road course to show to everyone that it does work,” Derek said.
Originally, the team had attempted to keep the custom car a secret. But the number of people who have seen the build has steadily grown, and the excitement is building. Derek is convinced that “once everyone sees it, they’re going to be like ‘wow, someone’s doing something different’.”
With the hype escalating around the custom build the hope is that the right buyer will come out, be just as excited as the team, and share the project with the business. “We are looking for a buyer who will partner with us on building and promoting the car. We want this to be an all-in, active buyer who sees the value and distinction of this car as a SEMA show car, with the potential to take home a major award in 2018,” said Jeff. They are estimating that the build will be valued somewhere near the $200,000 mark after all is said and done.
This is the first car of its type, and the first time that Street Visions has ever attempted anything like it. Typically, Street Visions is known for their classic car restorations, custom builds, promotional and charity builds, as well as their custom paint. Derek has a lot of experience with all of this, having worked for NASCAR for a number of years as well as being a mechanic. So it is no surprise that he and his team would take on something so unique to the classic car industry.