Helge Solberg's 1967 Chevrolet Camaro - Low'n Blown
Low'n Blown is a customized 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, renowned in the Norwegian automotive scene for its unique design and modifications. The car was the brainchild of Helge Solberg, a native of Bø i Telemark, Norway, who undertook the ambitious project in the 1980s.
In just over five months, Solberg transformed the Camaro, introducing significant changes that set it apart from any other car of its kind. Before this, Solberg had gained attention for chopping the roof of another Camaro. However, with "Low'n Blown," he introduced a more audacious modification: sectioning the car. This involved lowering the entire body by removing an eight-centimeter-wide (3.15 inches) section. Helge removed 4 cm from each side of the body profile. The top was chopped 10 centimeters (3.94 inches), and the front and rear ends were redesigned with extended fenders, added scoops, an integrated rear wing, and a centralized fuel filler on the trunk. The front featured flip-out double rectangular lights, while the rear had six round lights. Inspired by cars like the 1966 Lamborghini Miura and the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss, Solberg added steel louvers over the rear window, which he crafted himself. A Chevrolet 350 engine powered the car, enhanced with a B&M supercharger, ensuring impressive power to match its aesthetic appeal. The engine was built in the US, and it was delivered by Steinar Stolen.
Debut and Reception
By May 1984, the Camaro, painted in a striking yellow with multi-colored stripes, was unveiled at the ACSN Vårmønstring at Økern, Oslo. Dubbed "Low'n Blown," the car quickly became a sensation in the automotive community. Its lowered body, extensive welding work, and Solberg's relentless dedication to the project were evident and widely appreciated.
Post its debut, Solberg continued refining "Low'n Blown." It sported a Pontiac-inspired front and a fresh paint job by the subsequent year. In 1987, another paint overhaul introduced purple and pink scallops by Helge and his buddy Arild Bergskås.
Sold to Lasses Bil
In 1995, the car was sold to Lasses Bil in Oslo, and it changed hands multiple times. Eventually, it was acquired by Martin Bråtho, an enthusiast who had admired the car since its debut. Under Bråtho's ownership, the car underwent restoration, solidifying its status as a piece of Norwegian automotive history.
Today, "Low'n Blown" stands as a testament to Helge Solberg's vision, craftsmanship, and contribution to the automotive world. It remains a significant piece of Norwegian car culture and continues to inspire automotive enthusiasts.
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