The first example of any mainstream automobile is a rare and coveted bird, and that’s perhaps especially true of “pilot” or “prototype” cars built before the start of an official production run. So try and imagine for a moment that, say, the first, hand-assembled Chevrolet Camaro ever made were to have changed hands a dozen times in its lifetime, get stripped down, drag raced, and neglected.
Incidentally, that’s precisely what happened to Camaro N100001, according to a video by Pilot Car Registry (as seen on Camaro News). After making the rounds as a display model for GM, the first-ever Chevy Camaro passed into the hands of R.T. Ayers, a Chevrolet Dealer in Oklahoma.
Ayers, of course, fully recognized the value of it being the first Camaro ever built – as did the next several owners. Eventually, it landed in the hands of Al Tepke of Oklahoma, the man who would end up stripping the car to use it in drag racing. But even Tepke understood this example’s significance, carefully removing each original piece and keeping the parts in storage.
To see precisely where the car ended up slipping into negligence, watch the historic video below: