“Lost” ZL-1 Camaro sells for $171,562 at Toronto Fall Classic auction!

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“Lost” ZL-1 Camaro sells for $171,562 at Toronto Fall Classic auction!

The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield


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…

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