1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

For Sale at Lawrence Motorsport - Scottsdale, Arizona


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The 1969 ZL1 Camaro is among the rarest and most desirable Chevrolet performance cars ever built. It combines the one-year-only sheetmetal of the 1969 Camaro with the rare, all-aluminum, 427-cubic-inch ZL-1 big-block that was designed with racing in mind. The main difference was the engine block, and that’s a story all its own. It went a step beyond the 427 Yenko and even the mighty L88 Corvette, to where few production muscle cars tread. Drawing a bead on NHRA Super Stock drag classes, Chevy performance guru Vince Piggins authorized the factory to fit a batch of ’69 Camaros with a version of the 427-cid V-8 used by the all-conquering Can-Am Chaparral. This actually was another of Piggins’ Central Office Production Order projects, and like the COPO Chevelles and Camaros being built for ’69, the ZL1 was technically a Camaro option package. The cars began as 396-cid/375-bhp Super Sports with the F4l suspension. Engine and SS trim were deleted, and the cars were equipped essentially as other 427 COPO Camaros, with cowl-induction hood, front disc brakes, a choice of heavy-duty four-speeds or Turbo Hydra-matic, and a 4:10.1 Posi in the strongest axle Chevy could muster. But instead of the iron-block and head L72 427, these Camaros got a 427 called the ZL1. It was similar in design to the most-potent iteration of the aluminum-head L88, but it was the first production Chevy engine to also have an aluminum block. It shared the L88’s 430-bhp factory rating, but actually had over 500 bhp — making it likely the most powerful engine Chevy ever offered to the public. And it weighed just 500 pounds — about the same as Chevy’s 327-cid V-8. All this came at a price: $4,160 for the ZL1 engine alone, pushing the car’s sticker to a stratospheric $7,200. Chevy needed to build 50 to satisfy the NHRA, and actually built 69. About 20 ZL1s went into organized drag racing, turning low 10s to set several Super Stock records. Well-heeled individuals bought others, but the high price took a toll: At least 12 engines were removed and sold separately, and about 30 unsold cars were returned to Chevy. Now there are only 42 of the 69 said to exist. This is the infamous #27, previously owned by Baseball Hall-of-Famer and 5-time World Series winner, Reggie Mr. October Jackson. It was sold at Barrett Jackson It was originally purchased in Seattle, and is the only one sold in Washington State, from Allan Green Chevrolet. It was originally owned by Dick Tutino, service manager of Allan Green Chevrolet where it was raced at Seattle International Raceway. It was sponsored by Boeing, and was was even used at Boeing’s Seattle airfield to provide data on runway coefficient of friction and required landing distances. This ZL-1 Camaro was received at Fred Gibb Chevrolet on March 11, 1969, and was returned to Chevrolet on May 24, 1969 for redistribution due to the excessive cost of the ZL-1 option. Allan Green Chevrolet of Seattle, WA, took delivery of the Camaro in late 1969. The first owner of the car was Dick Tutino, the service manager at Allan Green Chevrolet. Dick ran in NHRA Super Stock Class and was sponsored by Allan Green Chevrolet and Boeing Airplane Company until Allan Green closed in 1970. The best ET was 11.08 at 127 mph. After the 1971 season, Dick took the car to a race shop to have the rear wheel wells slightly enlarged. The shop removed the entire trunk floor in error. Dick sued the race shop for damage and won. He could not race the ZL-1 in this condition so he found another body in a junk yard and pieced the race car back together again. During 1979-81, the ZL-1 won Best Appearing Car at the NHRA events. In 1982, Dick sold the ZL-1 to Jim Bruns in Bremerton, WA. Allan put in a full roll cage and a 9 Ford axle and the ZL-1 ran 10.40’s. The car was then painted Candy Apple red with Lemon Yellow and purple highlights. It has since been painted back to the original color of Fathom Green. The vehicle was 1 of 50 1969 ZL-1 Camaros purchased under Chevrolet’s Central Office Production Order (COPO) 9560 in order to qualify the engine and transmission for NHRA competition. It is 1 of 10 produced in the Fathom Green exterior color. The high performance unit included an all aluminum 427 ZL-1 engine, special ducted cool air hood, heavy duty radiator, heavy duty springs and a special BE heavy duty 4.10 posi-traction rear axle. The car is documented with paperwork from GM and Fred Gibb Chevrolet, COPO Connection paperwork and is on the ZL-1 List. From the Gary Holub Collection. This was purchased in Spokane, Washington from a private collector along with other Chevrolet muscle cars.


Listed MPG is the EPA estimated average city/highway MPG. Odometer mileage listed as of date stocked. Actual mileage may vary due to transportation, delivery and test drives. See dealer for full details and information.

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