Mecum’s Kissimmee auction scored one heck of a consignment with a pair of 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s. Both cars are all original and retain their factory 427 cubic inch V8 engines, which makes them coveted among Camaro enthusiasts.
The original Camaro ZL1 was part of the COPO (Central Office Production Order) process, enstated between faithful dealers and Chevy product manager at the time, Vince Piggins. Piggins and the dealers ushered in the all-powerful Camaro for the 1969 model year and only 69 were built. At its heart, the ZL1 was merely one way the group navigated around General Motors’ corporate ban on racing.
Both cars feature a heavy-duty suspension, brakes and driveline. Of course, the aforementioned 427 V8 is also under the hood, which made over 500 horsepower. Documents suggested an output of just 430 hp.
After both cars traded hands over the years—car number 18 was even raffled off once upon a time—the two will cross the block with incredibly low mileage next January. Number 30, finished in Hugger Orange, boasts only 361 miles, while number 18, painted in Dusk Blue, is one of just 10 cars specced similarly. Both cars house their original powertrains.