It’s easy to forget that not just auto enthusiasts go shopping for the best of the best, or most powerful and top performing cars. When it comes to the typical consumer, brands reign supreme, and they better mean something.
And that’s where Jalopnik poses an intriguing question: should Chevrolet ditch its “Z” names for something else? We’re talking about the ZL1, Z06, Z/28, ZR2 and more.
The Tuesday report took a quick look at the average prices for 2014 model year Camaro ZL1, Camaro Z/28 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 values. Surprisingly, the Camaro Z/28 hasn’t fared well at all. With 48,000 miles, the Z/28 holds a used value of $36,241. Meanwhile, the ZL1 is just $3,000 cheaper. The Shelby? It still commands $46,924.
It’s not a solid study, but it’s clear the Shelby brand means a lot more than “Z/28” or “ZL1,” despite their historic pasts known to enthusiasts. And to the average Joe, it might be hard to discern where the halo car starts, and a mid-range model begins. Many often associate the “SS” badge with the top-of-the-line performance model, but the SS is far different animal from the ZL1.
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