Papa John's Founder gets His Beloved Camaro back for $250K


Papa Johns 1971 Camaro

Papa Johns 1971 Camaro

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Papa John's founder, John Schnatter launched a nationwide contest earlier in the Summer to find his 1971 Z28 Camaro he sold for $2,800 to keep his father's tavern going back in 1983.  The contest was simple enough, a $25,000 reward for the person who could provide the car no matter the condition.  As the Summer went on and hope faded Mr. Schnatter was still optimistic the Camaro was out there somewhere so he increased the money to a whopping $250,000 to garner more interest.

After creating a website specific to his car search and making promotional appearances to help find the car nothing turned up until early August when the original buyer from 1983 saw a TV interview with Schnatter before an NFL pre-season game.  They than went to the web and searched for more information leading them to Jalopnik.com who has written about the search from day one.    From there Jalopnik's people tipped off Papa John's people and the hunt began for the current owner.  The Camaro changed owners two times from the original buyers ending with the current owner Jefferey Robinson of Flatwoods, Kentucky about 165 miles away. Robinson purchased the car about 5 years ago for $4,000 and after adding some modifications along with an 850 horsepower motor and paint work the car was in excellent condition with the same exact gold paint with black stripes.   So after a long exhaustive search Papa John found his 1971 Z28 Camaro and Mr. Robinson was $250,000 richer, the original buyer received $25,000 for their help. The Camaro will go on display at the company headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky replacing the replica Schnatter had built while the search was on.

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