Last week a pair of 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s sold for $1.1 million collectively, which makes the $75,000 price tag on this McLaren Can-Am 427-ci Chevy big block for sale on Hemmings much less daunting. Still, to put that price tag in perspective, you could purchase a brand new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for about the same amount of coin.
That said, the going price for a fully restored McLaren race car with a period-correct Can-Am racing engine is even higher than the selling price for the aforementioned ’69 Camaro ZL1s. Considering that, suddenly, this engine doesn’t seem all that expensive.
This particular Can-Am V8 has just been rebuilt with a Crower valve train, forged crank, 12.5 CR McLaren dry sump pan with a Weaver dry sump pump, Stewart Stage 2 water pump, and more. It’s also been bored .30 over.
Given the exclusivity of this aluminum block, we figure there’s a collector or two out there willing to pay the price. It’s just a matter of time before this engine finds a new home.
To see the listing on Hemmings, click here.