1969 Camaro ZL1 Sells For $500,000

A rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sold for half a million dollars at Mecum Auction’s Chicago 2013 event on Saturday, Oct. 12. At $500,000, the Camaro ZL1 took the second seat in the top ten sales. As number 23 of just 69 built that year, the ZL1 was restored to its original factory specifi cations and presented as an excellently documented example. A Harley Earl Corvette, a 1963 General Motors styling car, took top honors at $1.5 million. The event was held at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

Based on the mighty L88 427 CI engine, the ZL1 was the ultimate development of Chevrolet’s big block Mark IV engine and the most exotic American-built production powerplant of the 1960s. The product of development work conducted by Jim Hall’s Chaparral Can Am team, the ZL1 was made almost entirely of aluminum with the exception of the forged steel crank, connecting rods and camshaft. Weighing in at roughly the same as a typical Chevy small block engine, the ZL1 delivered upwards of 550 horsepower, far surpassing its factory rating of 430 horses.

This ZL1 Camaro was restored by noted COPO authority Barry Burstein of St. Louis, Mo., to original factory specifications. It was certifi ed by the COPO Connection, appeared at numerous Supercar Reunions and scored 995 of 1000 points at the Classic Chevrolet Club meet. It remains in stock confi guration with painted steel wheels, dog dish caps and Goodyear Wide Tread F70-14 Polyglas tires, a close-ratio M21 4-speed with Hurst shifter and power front disc brakes. Visit www.mecum.com for more information.

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