Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts are thrilled, as the very first, brand new Camaro ZL1 has finally come out. Now, it may not be affordable for everyone at a sticker price of $250,000, but for those who cannot afford to buy it, they sure can look at it and admire it.
The first collectible retail Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas over the weekend. It was a sight to see. The Vegas dealer may have had the car for auction at a whopping price of a quarter of a million dollars; however, that was just to help raise money for the charity of their choice; The YMCA of Southern Nevada.
The Camaro ZL1s should hit showrooms in early 2012, but the price will not be nearly as high as it was for the very first collectible car at the Las Vegas auction. Still; however, the vehicle will remain at a hefty price of somewhere around $50,000.
As the automobile was being auctioned, the owner of Hendricks Motorsports and chairman of the Hendricks Automotive Group, Rick Hendrick was the one who raised the price to $250,000 and ended up buying it. As the gavel struck down at the quarter of a million dollar price tag, Hendricks became the new owner. He is expected to receive the special delivery during the first quarter of 2012.
The beautiful vehicle is being considered Chevy’s most powerful version of the well-known muscle car. This very first Camaro ZL1 is stunning. As a one of kind, it was produced with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior and will be the 69th ZL1 to roll off the line at the Oshawa Assembly Plant. It is being seen as a tribute to the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1. A mere 69 of those vehicles were produced, making them a collectible commodity of power.
The first of the original 1969 Chevrolet Camaros cost $7,200, which might cost $45,000 today with inflation and the changing times. The first ’69 went for a bid of $840,000 when it went up for auction in 2005. So, many are saying that Hendricks got a bargain deal for this 2012 ZL1.
Hendricks’ new toy comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. When the ZL1 comes out in showrooms, it will also be offered in a 6-speed automatic version.
There has been a long wait for this Camaro ZL1. It is Chevy’s response to the Mustang Shelby GT. The Camaro ZL1 has a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque.
Greg Heinrich, president of Fairway Chevrolet, explaining the Las Vegas retailers decision to put the one-of-a-kind ZL1 on the auction block stated, “Our family has been involved with the YMCA for more than 25 years.” The money for the Camaro ZL1 will certainly be going to a good cause.