Despite all of the appeal of today’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 being a race car for the road, the original beast from 1969 was built strictly for NHRA Super Stock drag racing as a Central Office Production Order model. More significantly, there were only 69 original ZL1 Camaros conceived with hand-built all-aluminum 427-cu-in V8 engines. So needless to say, it’s a privilege to even see one through a glass container, let alone own one. But at Mecum’s Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis last weekend, the first one ever crossed the block.
And believe it or not, it went for a cool $400,000. And while that may sound like a lot to 99 percent of us, $400,000 is a steal considering the historical relevance, and that the race cars have gone for as much as $800,000 before. To read the full history of this car, visit Hemmings.