Turn your mental clock back in 1967: The Camaro was a brand-new nameplate, the surfing fad had captured the imaginations of the young demographic, and faux woodgrain was in its heyday. Ford and Chrysler had recently slathered woodgrain vinyl all over the flanks of a couple of hardtops and convertibles. [EDIT: No, they hadn’t quite yet. See the comments, where Tonyola sets the facts straight—as usual.] In short, it seemed to be “the coming thing.” It wasn’t, but GM toyed with the idea, too — as these photos demonstrate.
Unlike the Mercury Park Lane and Chrysler Newport woodies, which were full-sized luxury cars, GM considered woodgrain for their newest sporty car, and tried to tie the woodgrain look in with the currently young-and-hip Polynesian vibe. Even more jarringly, they went with equally non-racy chrome wire wheels. The chrome-plated not-a-roof-rack ingeniously allowed surfboard toting and a drop top, but looked awkwardly similar to a pickup truck with a ladder rack.
Tell us what you think of this odd creation. Do you kinda dig its iconoclasm, Moon-Doggie, or is it like, totally square, man?