Someone dropped at least $60,000 on this track slaying piece of American muscle before wrecking it beyond repair.
It was a sad day for at least one Camaro ZL1 owner, probably not even owning his car for a full weekend before he had to see it hauled off on a tow truck. A tip on Facebook led me to a Copart auction showing this Riverside Metallic Blue ZL1 Camaro with some major front end damage.
This is not the only wrecked ZL1 that’s headed to the Copart auction block as there are close to two dozen other wrecked ZL1’s. The shocking fact about this one is the odometer. 48 miles. That’s farther than some people drive to get to work.
Check out the auction listing linked here and a gallery of photos below.
If you didn’t already know, the Camaro ZL1 has an MSRP of $63,000 which is over two times the price of a bone-stock 1LS with a four-cylinder turbo and six-speed manual.
For that extra $37,000 you get a fire-breathing 6.2L supercharged V8 good for 650 HP and 650 lb-ft. You also get a track-tuned suspension with special Multimatic spool-valve shocks, aerodynamic tuned aero bits, and stickier Eagle F1’s altogether making this Camaro capable of a top speed blast to 198 MPH and a 7:16 Nürburgring time.
This one’s even more expensive because it’s got the 10-speed automatic.
It’s no wonder these Camaro’s are highly coveted.
But with all that power on tap, you’ve got to be a skilled wheelman to exploit this car’s full potential. This is a man’s car.
Looking at the damage, I can only assume this Camaro ZL1 smacked something hard in the passenger front wheel area which whipped this pony car around, annihilating its rear wheel and suspension.
The force of the crash was so massive, it’s severely distorted the frame underneath.
Also, if the exterior body panels want to look decent, replacement panels will have to be ordered and fitted to a chassis that’ll presumably be tweaked back to factory specs.
If you click randomly through Youtube body repair videos like I do, you’ll know that a skilled body and chassis repairman might bring this Camaro back to life. It’ll take significant skill and work to pull the job off, but it’s not impossible.
The current bid’s hovering around $2,500 which will rise as the auction comes to a close a week from now. The engine, as far as I can see, looks relatively undamaged and might be worth a bid if only for that honking V8.
I wonder what’s the story behind this. If you have any clue, let me know in the comments below!