By today’s standards, muscle cars of old aren’t much faster than many pedestrian vehicles built today, but there’s a select few muscle cars that can hold their own. One of them is the Camaro ZL1, but have you priced one lately? That’s why this ZL1 clone that Mecum will be featuring at its Harrisburg auction is the best of both worlds because it’s more affordable than a real ZL1, and you don’t have to worry about beating on it.
Originally rated at 430 gross horsepower, the ZL1’s power increased by at least 130 if you slapped on some headers, according to folklore. With sticky tires, quarter-mile ETs are 10.995 seconds @ 127.16 MPH. Could it be this California beauty has been sprinkled with muscle pixie dust? Nope – just maximizing what the factory did using today’s technology and tires that look stock but are WAY stickier than those lousy Polyglas skins when new.
Here’s the lowdown on what makes this ZL1 clone tick:
• 421 C.I. ZL1 engine with “top notch internals”
• NOS 074 heads
• Machined original General Motors (GM) 198 intake
• Custom-built TH400 automatic transmission
• Moser heavy-duty 12 bolt rear axle
• Le Mans Blue and White Houndstooth interior
• Endura bumper
• Front and rear spoiler
• Radio and heater delete
• Complete photo album of restoration
• 92 miles on the car since completion
• Car was stored in a heated garage with a lift
There’s no word on how much the restoration cost or how much it will go for, but this is a no-expense-spared muscle car that will tear modern cars apart on the track.