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ZL1 Auctions For Jaw-Dropping $250,000!

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On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Salamone

ZL1 Auctions For Jaw-Dropping $250,000!

As I sat down to watch a pre-recorded, DVR version of Saturday’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but feel excited about hours and hours of commercial-free automotive glory. Unlike some other unmentioned auctions, Barrett-Jackson is classy, sophisticated, and does not include the near-constant pestering of salesmen in the throes of deal making. After so many impressive vehicles, a black 2012 Camaro rolled onto the bidding platform. As it would turn out, this wasn’t just any Camaro, but the very first 2012 Camaro ZL1 to be offered to the public AND the 69th ZL1 made at the Oshawa Assembly plant in tribute to the original 1969 Camaro ZL1—of which only 69 were produced.

This ZL1 was offered by Fairway Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Las Vegas with 100 percent of the auction proceeds slotted to benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada. “Our family has been involved with the YMCA for more than 25 years,” said Greg Heinrich, president of Fairway Chevy. “In that time, I have seen firsthand how the ‘Y’ helps young people, families, and seniors in our community. Today, the community’s dependence on the YMCA of Southern Nevada is greater than ever, with the Y sponsoring one out of four members.”

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive group, placed the winning bid of $250,000. He is expected to take delivery in the first quarter of 2012.

By now the stats of this latest ZL1 are old news, but remain ever scintillating. The vehicle is powered by a 6.2L LSA V-8, delivering 580 hp and 556 lb. ft. of torque. Oh, yes. After voting this the best Chevy of all time, fans of the original 1969 ZL1 will no doubt find a respectable tribute in Chevrolet’s latest attempt at a legendary nameplate.

Was this ‘charity auction’ nothing more than a shrewd attempt at public relations mixed with the side benefit of a large tax write-off? Well, let’s just say that it’s no coincidence that an owner of many Chevrolet dealerships happened to purchase a publicly worshiped Chevrolet from another Chevrolet dealer. But who cares? If I could afford to pay more than $250,000 for the prime 2012 ZL1, 69th down the factory line, no amount of tax incentives or positive media would influence how quickly and often I would bid.

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