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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Nickey Continuation ZL1 #001

Offered Without Reserve
Scottsdale 2011
Consignment # 9343
VIN:   124379N533733

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The Chevrolet Camaro went on sale September 29, 1966 for the model year 1967 and was designed as a competing model to the very successful Ford Mustang. It shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird which was also introduced in 1967.

Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. It was revived again as a concept that evolved into the fifth generation Camaro which started production in March of 2009.

Before there was any official announcement that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang there were numerous rumors within the automotive press world that code named Panther was in the works. On Jun e28, 1966 General Motors held a live press conference in Detroit's Statler-Hilton Hotel and for the first time 14 cities were hooked up via telephone in real time for the event. Chevrolet General Manager Pete Estes announced a new car line with a name that Chevrolet chose in keeping with their other cars that began with C. The new Camaro name was unveiled and the automotive press asked "What is a Camaro?" and they were told it was a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs."

The Camaro was first shown at a press review in Detroit on September 12, 1966 and then later in Los Angeles. It officially went on sale in dealerships on September 29, 1966. The new rear wheel drive GM F-body platform was available a a two-door, 2+2, coupe or convertible with a choice of a 250 ci inline-6, a 303, 307, 350 or 396 V-8 power plant. GM executives realized that the sporty Corvair would not be able to generate the sales volume to compete the Ford Mustang due to it rear engine design and the bad publicity from the Ralph Nader book. As such the Camaro was touted as having the same conventional rear-drive, front engine configuration as the Mustang and Chevy II Nova. Also the Camaro was designed to fit a variety of power plants in the engine bay. The first generation Camaro would last until the 1969 model year and would inspire the design of the new fifth generation Camaro.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was a COPO 9560 optioned car that was produced on a very limited bases. Conceived by drag racer Dick Harrell and ordered through Fred Gibbs Chevrolet they were built with the intention of entering NHRA Super Stock drag racing. In order to qualify for these races a minimum of 50 had to be sold to the public. In all 69 were actually produced. Te option, in 1969 dollars, was priced at $4,160.50 and was listed as the "high Performance Option." Sales were poor due to the excessive price and many were sent back to the factory or sat on dealer lots for over a year. It was rated at 430 bbh but dyno tests put it at closer to 525 hp.

This 1969 Camaro is from the Nickey Chicago, Inc. Collection. It is a Nickey ZL1 427ci Vintage continuation Camaro with serial #001. It is equipped with a correct vintage aluminum 427ci ZL1 engine and Muncie 4 speed close ratio transmission. It has a BE coded 12 bolt posi with 4.10 gears and is finished in correct Hugger Orange Code 72 livery with black Standard interior. It has been rotisserie restored to ultimate show quality standards and is a Gold award show winner.

It was a Performance World Ontario Canada Show Case participant and is signed By Helen Gibb, the First Lady of ZL1 Camaros. It is also signed and certified by Don Swiatek the original Hi-Performance Manager for Nickey Chevrolet