November 21, 2023
During my August 2023 trip to Oshawa, Ontario, I was greeted by the sight of thousands of classic cars adorning the city's downtown region. The Kars On King event showcased a myriad of iconic American muscle cars, celebrated globally for their aggressive stances, sweeping body lines, and mirror-like chrome features. Amidst the spectacular V8-roaring muscle cars, one particular standout was the 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, boasting striking colours that added to its overall allure.
The front of the 1968 Chevelle "Barbwire"
Affectionately named "Barbwire," this 1968 Chevelle stood out as a uniquely styled muscle car among the vehicles at the event. The owner's personal touch was evident in the chosen colours, with a deep purple that could rival the brilliance of a highway star coating the body. Adding to the distinctive look were hot pink accents and a sweeping surf pinstripe adorning the sides of this eye-catching automobile.
The rear of the 1968 Chevelle "Barbwire"
The vibrant purples and pinks weren't confined to the exterior; they seamlessly extended into the interior. The upholstery featured black leather, with lively purple contrasts skillfully woven between the darkened hides on both the seats and door cards. In harmony with the lavender hues, the floor mats were meticulously custom-stitched, showcasing a matching coloured Chevelle script. Adding the finishing touch to this purple ensemble was an aftermarket NRG neochrome steering wheel, completing the interior's unique and stylish aesthetic.
The custom pinstriping adorning the "Barbwire" name
The affection for this muscle car extended beyond mere ownership. Adorning the rear seat were three stunning awards from previous shows attended. Barbwire proudly boasted accolades such as the Best Paint, Sponsors' Choice, and Dealers' Choice awards, earned at various shows throughout the 2023 season. These accolades stood as tangible tributes to the car's remarkable presence and the owner's meticulous attention to detail.
The interior of "Barbwire"
Beneath the hood of the Chevelle, the purple machine was driven by a small block Chevy V8. Enhancing the exhaust flow were a set of headers, contributing to the dual exhaust system that played a crucial role in producing that iconic American rumble. The engine was meticulously adorned with chrome, featuring gleaming valve covers, intake, and air cleaner. This chromed ensemble not only added a touch of sophistication but also maintained the consistent colour theme throughout the 1968 Chevy, seamlessly connecting the powerful performance under the hood with the car's overall aesthetic appeal.
The interior of "Barbwire"
The Kars On King show unfolded as a spectacular display of classic cars, with American muscle cars stretching as far as the eye could see. Amidst this automotive extravaganza, a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, affectionately named "Barbwire" by its owner, truly stood out. The distinct dark purple and hot pink hues adorned the vehicle, capturing the attention of onlookers. The back seat, proudly adorned with a collection of awards, hinted at the undeniable popularity of this rumbling V8 powerhouse, making it clear that "Barbwire" was a beloved crowd favourite among the array of classic cars at the event.
The interior of "Barbwire" with the recently won awards
Until next time, don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary, and choose a colour most wouldn’t dare to conjure up!
The small block V8 under the hood is even dressed up to match the purple paint
- Kyle Hanger of Searching for Classics