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First Looks from the Scottsdale Show
Camaros at Barrett-Jackson have always been an exciting topic, but this year at the Scottsdale event was exceptional. Besides the long list of F-bodys crossing the block, there was one Camaro that will be talked about forever. Namely, the original 1969 Camaro ZL1, lot No. 1409. With its all-aluminum 427 ZL1 engine, Muncie M22 (heavy-duty) 4-speed, and 4.10 gears all wrapped in a 6-cylinder-looking body since new, this Camaro drew huge crowds in Scottsdale. Assembled new in the Norwood, Ohio, plant, this ZL1 wears the very popular No. 72 Hugger Orange hue since new. And this ZL1 is the only one ordered new with the optional NC8 Chambered exhaust system. An option that was later canceled during the 1969 model year due to some customers not being able to successfully explain to the law that their Camaro’s exhaust system was not modified. This author can attest that the chambered exhaust system made your exhaust note sound very similar to a pair of well-worn, glass packs.
Besides the stunning ZL1, there were plenty of Camaros with all sorts of options and condition. Everything from survivor cars to full out modified late-model race cars.
At the Barrett-Jackson auction, we found quite a few early Z/28s, and although the prices of these have settled somewhat over the years, there was one that brought more than $100,000. That was lot No. 1149. We spoke with the owner who told us he’d owned the car for 20 years and was planning to move to another state, so he decided to sell his Z/28. This one was a very late Norwood-built Camaro (October 1969) and also included the Rally Sport package. The drivetrain was largely original with the 302 engine, M21 Muncie 4-speed, and 3.73 axle ratio rear end. The condition was excellent, too.
The folks at Chevrolet Performance showcased a late-model race car and for the rest of the Camaro field there were plenty of Pro Touring, restored, customs, and survivors to look at and bid on. We photographed quite a few, so please check out our gallery of Camaros.
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