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The current Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a beastly modern muscle car. It boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet, of course, didn't just come up with the ZL1 designation out of thin air.
In 1969, the automaker produced a very limited run of COPO Camaro cars equipped with a 427 cubic-inch V-8 engine normally used for drag racing. The engine is called the ZL-1, and it found its way into just 69 total cars. To say that the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 is a rare machine is a bit of an understatement.
Now, however , one of them is heading to the auction block.
The Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction will feature one of the original 1969 ZL-1 cars, and this particular vehicle has a rather interesting story behind it. It was purchased as a shell in 1982 and it was then tucked away amongst the buyers other Camaros. Eventually, the VIN was given another look and that's when the buyer realized what he had. No one knew this was a ZL-1 over the years because of a typo on the title. This typo caused people to look the other way until the error was discovered and the car was determined to be a ZL-1.
If you're interested in purchasing this Camaro, make sure you bring your wallet. This very month a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 crossed the Mecum auction block, and the winning bidder ponied up $500,000 for the keys to the car. The example heading to the Toronto auction should expect a similar result when it crosses the block on November 2nd.