Original Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 being auctioned in Chicago this weekend

This is the fourth ever Camaro ZL1 to roll off the production line, and it's a main attraction at the Mecum auction this weekend

To be a main attraction of a Mecum auction, a car has to be particularly special or valuable. This week’s Chicago sale has one of the first ever Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s, GM’s first rival to the Ford Mustang.

This 1969 car is number four of the original production run of 69, and was delivered to the Hauser Chevrolet dealer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania once completed. The Camaro proved to be a success, with several generations of the car being built, and the latest ZL1 model went into production just last year.

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The first generation of the Camaro ZL1 was powered by a 427ci V8 engine capable of 425hp, and this model has had its engine faithfully restored with attention by Bill Glowacki. Star features of the power unit at the time were Winter aluminium block and heads, and the engine building process reportedly took place in a ‘surgically clean’ room where Chevrolet engineers hand assembled each unit.

Power disc brakes and the Turbo 400 automatic transmission also add to this car’s mechanical credentials. It remains true true to its original specification by retaining the BE 4.10 Positraction rear end, its Cortez Silver exterior finish and black leather and fabric interior.

Previous first generation Camaro ZL1s have sold for hundreds of thousands, and this car, a main attraction no less, will likely do the same. The Chicago auction takes place on October 25 - 27 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in the Schaumburg region of Chicago. Other main attraction cars include a 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo, which was purchased new by NFL Legend Walter Payton, one of the 135 Plymouth Hemi Superbirds built in 1970, and a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, which may be a cheaper buy for those who want ZL1 levels of performance but don't want to shell out suck big bucks.

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