NASCAR team owner and businessman Rick Hendrick has purchased the first 2012 Camaro ZL1, and when the hammer dropped at Saturday’s Barrett-Jackson auction, the selling price had hit $250,000. All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada, the charity of choice for Fairway Chevrolet Buick GMC, the dealer offering up the car.
Hendrick’s car may be the first one delivered, but it won’t be the first one built: instead, it will be car number 69, in reference to the 1969 Camaro that originated the ZL1 option code. Back then, the code denoted a 427 cubic inch, big block aluminum V-8, conservatively rated at 430 horsepower (but actually producing better than 500 hp). Today, the ZL1 refers to the ultimate in street legal Camaros, packing a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, good for 580 horsepower, backed up by track-ready brakes and suspension.
Hendrick’s car will be the only 2012 Camaro ZL1 offered in Carbon Flash Metallic paint, and the price was a relative bargain for one-of-a-kind muscle cars. Earlier this year, a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in Grabber Blue sold for $450,000, also at a Barret-Jackson auction.