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Old 12-21-2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default GM Performance Parts offering 'Body in White' Camaro for $7,000



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GM Performance Parts (GMPP) will be offering 'body in white' packages for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, with sales expected to begin in the first quarter of 2009. Body in white refers to the stage in automotive production when the car's sheet metal has been assembled, but components such as the interior and powertrain are yet to be installed. Used for racing, customers have to add their own powertrains, fuel systems, suspension setups, interior components, glass and safety equipment before the cars can be used.

The basic $7,000 package will include an assembled body structure, including the front fenders, hood, front valance/grille header panel, roof, doors, rear quarters, trunk lid and rear valance. The structure also includes the complete floorpans and chassis rails.

The body in white includes only a painted body shell and no additional components or materials. The bodies do not have vehicle identification numbers, so they may only be used as racing vehicles that will never be licensed for street use.

Customers must fill out an online application to be eligible to purchase an example from the GM Performance Parts website, and according to GMPP, the bodies will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no limit to the number an approved racing team can purchase.

"This is the easiest and most cost-effective way to build a race-ready new Camaro," said Dr. Jamie Meyer, of GM Performance Parts. "We envision racers using these bodies for all types of competition, from Pro Street and Competition drag racing to road racing."

"For the racers who would strip down the entire car and replace most of the components with racing-spec parts, the body in white saves time and money," said Dr. Meyer. "Drag racers, for example, won't have to worry about swapping out for a solid axle they can just bolt one up and go."

The body in white's unadorned interior also saves time and money by allowing racing teams to eliminate the process of stripping a fully equipment production car in order to reduce weight and prep the chassis for a roll cage.

The latest Camaro package is similar to the Dodge Challenger body in white released by Mopar earlier this year and designed primarily for the Stock Eliminator series run by the NHRA.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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That's really cool actually
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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sweetness. no argument from me if gm acts a bit more like caterham. lol
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:01 PM   #4
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this could make for some rather interesting creations...

I doubt they would be 'street legal' though would they? As in... be technically able to get a plate on it?
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:06 PM   #5
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I doubt they would be 'street legal' though would they? As in... be technically able to get a plate on it?
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The body in white includes only a painted body shell and no additional components or materials. The bodies do not have vehicle identification numbers, so they may only be used as racing vehicles that will never be licensed for street use.
Totally un licenseable.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:08 PM   #6
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i want to buy one and turn it into a car bed, that would be uber sweet
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:45 PM   #7
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this could make for some rather interesting creations...

I doubt they would be 'street legal' though would they? As in... be technically able to get a plate on it?
you could probably register it as a kit car
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:53 PM   #8
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Anyone know if any other large car makers even offers this option? I've heard of crate motors and many other components you can buy direct, but never the actual shell.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:48 PM   #9
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Anyone know if any other large car makers even offers this option? I've heard of crate motors and many other components you can buy direct, but never the actual shell.
Ford has done this for years with the Mustang....
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:33 PM   #10
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Pretty much if they have a motorsports division, they'll sell bodies-in-white.

Subaru seems to be an exception though -- not sure why the rally teams can't buy bare shells...
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:55 PM   #11
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Subaru seems to be an exception though -- not sure why the rally teams can't buy bare shells...
You need a VIN to get a license for the transit stages, no?
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Pretty much if they have a motorsports division, they'll sell bodies-in-white.

Subaru seems to be an exception though -- not sure why the rally teams can't buy bare shells...
IIRC there was a part # floating around for a body in white for the GD chassis way back when. Damned if I can recall the number though. I do recall looking it up and it was listed as not dealer orderable, $9,999.99
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:24 AM   #13
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Engine, tranny, front axles, driveshaft, rear axle, steering, suspension, seat, harness, dash/gauges, plexi/lexan for windows.

Yep. FTW.

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Weird, but very interesting. I like it.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:57 AM   #15
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So open up the GM cataloge
1. camaro chassis
2. LS9
3. T6
4. dashboard
5. outsource brakes/suspension/fuel/rear end/interior/wheels/etc.

cool beans!

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Old 12-22-2008, 07:39 PM   #16
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Buy the body in white, build your dream version of the Camaro.......wait until someone destroys their 2014 Camaro (should not take more than one or two weeks after it is driven off the lot)..take the part of that car that still has a readable VIN and rebuild it...by grafting it into your dream...simple...
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that is ****ing amazing!!!!!
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:02 PM   #18
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So open up the GM cataloge
1. camaro chassis
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5. outsource brakes/suspension/fuel/rear end/interior/wheels/etc.

cool beans!

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After all the headache and expense, how much cheaper would it be than swapping an SS with an LS9 crate engine? Or really just bolting on an STS kit or blower.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:34 PM   #19
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The point of the "body in white" car is that racers would be tearing out the stock stuff anyway.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:43 PM   #20
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Totally un licenseable.
Wrong again, flanders.

ANYTHING is licensceable.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:33 AM   #21
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Wrong again, flanders.

ANYTHING is licensceable.
How would you do it legally, without a VIN?
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How would you do it legally, without a VIN?
Ever heard of a kit car? People build their own cars all over the place and manage to get them on the roads.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:11 AM   #23
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Buy the body in white, build your dream version of the Camaro.......
Mine would be a robot in disguise
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Ever heard of a kit car? People build their own cars all over the place and manage to get them on the roads.
It's not that easy.

Ford won't even sell a body in white to you without verification of your racing history and licenses. You have to apply for it and be approved, and then sign a contract before you can buy the car. Ford also prohibits you from registering the car for street use as well as reselling it.

Think about it, if a street licensed body in white gets out into the general public without the safety features of a street legal car, the manufacturer is at a huge liability for that. I suspect that even if you did manage to somehow register one, Ford would sue the pants off of you and get you for violating the contract you signed.

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Wrong again, flanders.

ANYTHING is licensceable.
Well Flanders, if you want to violate a contract you signed and get your ass sued out from under you, then by all means...
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Wrong again, flanders.

ANYTHING is licensceable.
Wrong,

Just because the car has a license plate does not make it legal.
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