Sunday, October 21, 2018

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Fast, rare, and costly, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sets it's own muscle car standards. The ZL1 was the ultimate muscle car of it’s time. 69 examples were made. The all-aluminum 1969 ZL1 engine was based on the legendary Corvette L88, but updated.

Chevrolet rated the ZL1 at 430 hp @ 5200 rpm and 450 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm. However, dyno tests of factory ZL1s revealed their output was more in the 550hp range.
COPO stood for Central Office Production Order and was used to produce vehicles in limited quantities that were deviations from regular production. The only requirement was that COPOs had to use production parts and be approved by Chevrolet Engineering. COPOs could be used to order anything from taxis to race cars.
The ZL1 was the first Chevrolet production use of the 850-cfm double-pumper Holley carburetor on an open plenum high-rise intake manifold.
The Hugger Orange example boasts 361 miles and both cars are all original.Mecum sold a pair of 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s in January. The pair made $ 1.1m, a haircut from a $1.25m estimate.