With only 69 units produced, 1969 Camaro ZL1 COPO is one of the rarest and most powerful classic American muscle cars. So it’s understandable why one of these crosses an auction block once in a blue moon. Yet, this time we’ll have two – bundled up together in the same lot, no less. The lot R180 of the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida, to be more precise. Number 18 (Dusk Blue) and number 30 (Hugger Orange) original ZL1 Camaros will be the main attraction on January 11th, 2018, when this event takes place.
Every Chevy aficionado probably knows the backstory behind them, but let’s go through it one more time. 427 cu in aluminum big-block V8 developed by Bruce McLaren and Jim Hall for Cam Am racing was way too powerful for general public. At least that was Chevrolet’s narrative at the time.
They conservatively rated it at 430 horsepower and offered it exclusively to drag racers. In truth, it made well above 500 ponies. But how did those 69 units end up with the gen pop?