There are a few noteworthy cars that have changed hands over the past several decades with pasts so controversial – and ties so infamous – that their sale has been newsworthy. Some examples include Dr. Kevorkian’s old 1968 VW van, O.J. Simpson’s 1992 Ford Bronco, and of course, Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz parade car.
The latest automobile to join the ranks – cult leader David Koresh’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro – doesn’t seem likely to draw nearly as many headlines. Partly, that’s because Koresh, who died in 1993 along with 79 other members of the “Branch Dividians” cult in Waco following an FBI siege, isn’t quite as well-known today as someone like the late Dr. Kevorkian. And partly, it’s because the seller isn’t exactly being forthcoming with the car’s ties to the deceased cult leader.
Our friends at Motor1 stumbled upon the listing for the classic, black-on-black ’68 Camaro, which is being sold by Streetside Classics of Phoenix, Arizona. The listing makes no mention of the car’s ties to David Koresh, although Motor1 says that the VIN matches that of the deceased cult leader’s Chevrolet Camaro. It still appears to possess the same 427-cubic-inch V8 and Holley carbs that it had while under Koresh’s ownership – a combo good for a reported 500 horsepower.
This classic Chevrolet Camaro was “very close to [Koresh’s] heart,” FBI Special Agent Bob Ricks said in a 1993 interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He often talks about his black Camaro.” According to Motor1, the car used to have the words “DAVID’S 427 GO GOD” stamped on the engine block, but it’s unclear from Streetside Classics’ photos whether that distinctive identifier survives.
For more photos and info, visit the Streetside Classics website.