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Saturday, October 3, 2020

The Weitz X600, a weird fashioned Camaro-based custom car

Usually, the world's fashion is not too far from the world's automotive, almost like two sides of a coin. Many fashion designers like the cars, for example, Karl Lagerfeld once had made his own BMW 750, André Courrèges did a cool Matra Bagheera, Paul Smith a stripy Mini while Ralph Lauren regularly exhibits his super shiny car toys and many others.
1979 Weitz X600, a unique one-off roadster made by a British company called Mallalieu Cars specially designed by Albrecht Goertz commissioned by John Weitz. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33cyJCr)
But what if the world of fashion is really applied to a four-wheeled vehicle. Whether could it be said the fashion icon or fashion victim? Look at this sinister-looking custom Camaro was commissioned by one of the great men in the world's fashion in 1979.
1979 Weitz X600 built based on the chassis of a brand new 1979 Camaro Z-28 which used all of its engineerings but clothed in a dramatic new aluminum body. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33cyJCr)
That's John Weitz, who's fame with menswear in the sixties and seventies and even liked cars too. He was a regular competitor in the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) and owned plenty of nice sports cars ranging from Allard, Ferrari, Healey to Corvette. The only things he doesn't have are unique items, like the cars that no one else has.

For this matter then he made preparation to make it, once upon the time then he asked John DeLorean for advice on sports car design. But DeLorean had other ideas and answered casually, 'I don't design pants, you don't design cars' and then walked away. Weitz didn't care, and finally, he went to Albrecht Goertz to design a two-seat sports car. Although, in the end, it came up largely penned by himself.
1979 Weitz X600 has unusual sinister-looking headlights and a special-shaped front grill resembled the mouth. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33cyJCr)
The car was based on the chassis of a brand new (1979) Camaro Z-28 which used all of its engineerings but clothed in a dramatic new aluminum suit. Then he found out that his custom car coachbuilding cost was expensive in America. Then he sent and built it in rural Northamptonshire done by a British company called Mallalieu Cars.
And from the side, the Weitz X600 with long flowing lines, but came with hard edges, plus also emphasized by a red trim line. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3cQ841u)
In December 1979, the Camaro-based sports car was completed and sent back to America. For Weitz, it was like getting a cool Christmas gift when he picked it up at the Kennedy International Airport. The car was christened Weitz X600, with ‘X’ for experimental and ‘600’ for the address number of Weitz's office in the Madison Avenue, New York.

The sinister-looking sports car was of a most unusual design with long flowing lines, but came with hard edges too, emphasized by a red trim line. The car was shown a few times in both the US as in Mexico and Japan. On one occasion, Weitz even had said that he had plans for a limited series and set a price at around $60.000 each. But it never happened, the X600 remains a one-off.
The Weitz X600 sports car is on s 108-inch wheelbase and weighs in at 2,300 lbs with its original GM's 350-cu.-in. V8 engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33cyJCr)
Then suddenly it become a mystery after John Weitz died in 2002, no one knows what happened to the car. And lastly, the 1979 Weitz X600 roadster was seen  in 2018, when it is included one of a Don Smith's private car collection to be auctioned at a fundraising event in Terre Haute, Indiana. After the auction event, back into mystery. Do you have any idea, where's the car now? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILT]
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