Rick Hendrick Buys First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
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Rick Hendrick, the owner of a successful NASCAR team, called Hendrick Motorsports, shelled out $250,000 to buy the First 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 put up for sale. The event took place at the Barrett-Jackson charity auction in Las Vegas on Sept. 24. All the money went to YMCA of Southern Nevada. As a tribute to the 1969 Camaro ZL, 69 such Chevrolets were produced at the Oshawa Assembly. Hendrick’s Camaro is the last one from this series. This model will reach showrooms at the beginning of 2012 and the price will be around $50,000.
The car is equipped with a 6.2 L V-8 engine that delivers 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. Believe it or not, it has 24 hp more than the Cadillac CTS-V. This was possible with some adjustments and improvements to the supercharger, intake system and intercooler. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe is a one-of-a-kind model with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior. This model also features Brembo brakes, adaptive dampers and an active exhaust.
In 1969, the ZL1 was equipped with a 427-cubic-inch, all-aluminum big-block engine, which was produced for Corvette race cars. That is why the 1969 Camaro was recently voted the “best Chevy of all time”.
The Barrett-Jackson charity auction raised more than $24 million, selling a record of 580 vehicles in 3 days. Some of the models that topped the sales were: a 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible ($160,000), a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda ($200,000), a 2009 Mosler Raptor GTR ($240,000) and a 2009 Mosler Raptor GTR ($240,000).