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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 12, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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'68 Right Hand Drive

Not often you see one of these: '68 Right Hand Drive

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Too bad they didn't post the trim tag (if it even has one).

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 12, 10:27 PM
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Re: '68 Right Hand Drive

I never knew they existed?
Did GM produce a right hand drive for overseas?
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 12, 12:11 AM
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Have seen plenty in countries that drive on the left, mostly here in Australia, NZ and the UK; but have never seen one in the USA before this one. Usually the conversions are done locally after importation, and vary greatly in quality and attention to safety. The '67 and '68 dashes are easier to convert than '69s, due to the symmetry of the dash layout. Maybe that car was a prototype for GM to evaluate engineering issues for possible export markets back in the day, but who knows? Would be interesting to see vin and trim tag details..... Either way, I guess that car would really stand out as something different at car shows back in the US!

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Re: '68 Right Hand Drive

I don't believe that is a factory GM thing. If it were it should have had a heaterbox.

Anyone know if there were any Caribian Islands that had drove on the wrong side in the 60s or 70s?


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Anyone know if there were any Caribian Islands that had drove on the wrong side in the 60s or 70s?
Here's a list of countries that drive on the left side of the road, using RHD vehicles:
http://users.telenet.be/worldstandar...tm#leftdriving
There's several in the Caribbean, but the export market in the late 60's would surely have been too small to justify factory-engineered RHD.....

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I think they build right hand drive Camaros in the Philippians but not many of them.

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Basically any of the current and former British Empire (pre WWII) or British Common Wealth (post WWII) Nations and Islands used RHD with the exception of the Dominion of Canada.

Since GM shipped no imports to Australia in 67-68-69 a private corp converted them to RHD. GM did import to the UK but CRG states it is unknown if these were all from USA or were some from GM Swiss. But assume even though UK was RHD on left had side of the road that all Camaros sold there remained LHD on the LH side of the road.


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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 12, 11:46 AM
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No factory right hand drive cars ever built. All right hand cars were conversions done by private companies.

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No factory right hand drive cars ever built. All right hand cars were conversions done by private companies.

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Or individuals. This one sure looks like an amature conversion. Lot's of bondo and the dash switch holes are still on the left side. Not sure why one would even want to convert a car to RHD here in the states, unless you just want attention for having an oddball.

One of the nicest conversions I have ever seen was done by a guy named "black out steve" or something like that. He hand made lots of parts and his conversion looks like factory build
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One of the nicest conversions I have ever seen was done by a guy named "black out steve" or something like that. He hand made lots of parts and his conversion looks like factory build
X2. Personally, I'd far rather keep my car LHD, but Steve went the extra mile in making his car look as close as possible to factory appearance. For anyone that's interested, he has a build thread (be prepared for a long read....) on another forum here:
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I've ridden my bicycle in a few left-side-of-the-road places - England, Ireland, USVI - man it's nuts, 'specially when you enter a roundabout.
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Well coming from a RHD country, driving in the US was ok, except when coming up to a round about in a carpark and no one around, I got that one all ballsed up and think I actually went the wrong way around it............

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Well coming from a RHD country, driving in the US was ok, except when coming up to a round about in a carpark and no one around, I got that one all ballsed up and think I actually went the wrong way around it............
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I went from the US to live in London for a while, and took my old Jeep Grand Cherokee with me (wasn't fussed about buying a little euro hatchback there); now that was hard to adjust to, driving on the left side of the road with the wheel also on the left - but I got used to it, and no accidents either!

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No factory right hand drive cars ever built. All right hand cars were conversions done by private companies.

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Ed, are you saying all LHD camaros in NZ were conversions? How about Fords? I have seen plenty of those . Or is ford an acception to the rule?

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Ed, are you saying all LHD camaros in NZ were conversions?
Don, I don't know about Ferd products, but ALL first generation Camaros left the factory as left hand drive.

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