In 1982, a Camaro collector purchased a 1969 body shell at a Georgia auction, adding it to holdings that already included 18 other 1969 Camaro models. The shell sat in the collection, essentially untouched, until 2005, when a decoding of the car’s VIN reportedly revealed that the body shell was from a 1969 COPO Camaro, delivered to Fred Gibb Chevrolet of LaHarpe, Illinois, with a ZL-1 aluminum-block 427-cu.in. engine beneath the hood. Now restored, the Camaro sold for CDN$178,750 ($171,562 U.S.) at last weekend’s Collector Car Productions auction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Fred Gibb Chevrolet originally ordered 50 of the ZL-1-equipped 1969 Camaros, thinking that they’d be an easy sale to customers seeking the highest level of performance available in the Camaro body style. The cars’ sticker price, roughly $6,900 (more than twice the cost of a base Camaro SS), cooled all but the most ardent (and well-funded) buyers’ demands, and a deal was struck with Chevrolet to return a certain percentage of the cars ordered. Gibb would go on to sell 13 of the cars, including the 48th car delivered, a four-speed, manual-transmission car painted in Le Mans blue, with a VIN ending in 618902.
According to Collector Car Productions, somewhere along the line, Department of Motor Vehicle paperwork incorrectly listed the car as 618102, and thus the paperwork trail on a valuable Gibb Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 went cold. Once the owner realized the history he was in possession of, a thorough restoration of the car to as-delivered specifications was funded, and the result was the car seen here. While the car’s original components were lost to history, great care was taken to make the resulting car as authentic as possible. The aluminum engine block was purchased from General Motors in 2005, and is described in corresponding paperwork as a “limited edition ZL-1,” with casting number 3946053. Though originally listed to sell at no reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 Scottsdale auction, it appears the Camaro did not in fact sell at that time.
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