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First Camaro ZL1 Goes for $250,000

Charity auction aids YMCA.

by on Sep.26, 2011

The first retail Camaro ZL1 crosses the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas.

The first Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 garnered a cool quarter-mil when it went across the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The most powerful version of the Chevy muscle car ever built will reach showrooms early next year at a decidedly more affordable price – anticipated to be somewhere around $50,000.  But the very collectible first retail Camaro ZL1, offered by a Sin City dealer, was aimed at raising money for the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

Curiously, it was another dealer who anted up the winning bid.  Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of the Hendrick Automotive Group, took the gavel at $250,000.  He’ll have to pony up the money now though he’ll only take delivery of his new Chevy Camaro ZL1 sometime during the first quarter of 2012.

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The wait should be worth it considering the ZL1 Hendrick will get will be the only one produced with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior. It will be the 69th ZL1 to roll off the line at the Oshawa Assembly Plant, in tribute to the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1, of which only 69 were produced.

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