One of 69 1969 Camaro ZL1s is for Sale in Chicago

There are rare cars and then there are cars like the 1969 Camaro ZL1 of which fewer than 70 were made and that featured a toned down version of a Can-Am race engine.

ZL1, in Chevy parlance, was the 427 ci V8 produced for Can-Am racing, a series famed for its want of rules and those sweet uneven trumpet intake horns that made the cars look a little Seussian.

From the factory these came with a claimed 435 hp but, in the best tradition of silly performance, Chevy underrated the power because reports at the time claimed that these made more like 500 hp from the factory.

Unfortunately, even in the late ‘60s, the car was considered a little too expensive at $7,200. To be fair, a base Camaro cost just $2,726 in 1969 and you could add the Z28 pack for $458.

And if you’ll forgive me a bit of a tangent, because I’ve never actually done the inflation calculation on cars from the ’60s (maybe I’m alone), but $7,200 in 1969 only works out to less than $50,000 in today’s money. And that base price, $2,726, works out to about $18,750 in today’s money. No wonder pony cars did so well!

But back to the matter at hand, this particular ZL1 is number four and comes in Cortez Silver (easily the coolest color named after a mass murderer since Dodge’s short-lived Pol Pot Purple). First sold in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania it came with a Turbo 400 automatic transmission and Positrac diff, because this was supposed to be a drag package.

It’ll be up for auction at Mecum’s October auction in Chicago from the 25th to the 27th.

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