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In a somewhat rare occurrence these days, publicity hungry General Motors, actually surprised everybody by unveiling a new Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Indianapolis Pace Car at Barrett-Jackson’s Westworld Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.
To top it off, the very first of these 50 cars, (production of the rest isn’t scheduled to start until next month), was auctioned off for charity this past Saturday on behalf of the David Foster Foundation. Foster is a Grammy award winning music producer and songwriter whose foundation supports families with children in need of life saving organ transplants.
As part of the deal, the winning bidder will take delivery of the car at the track on Memorial Day weekend and will also be allowed to actually drive their latest toy during the parade laps of the actual race. Bear in mind this Camaro is a festival car, not the actual pacer, but still, what a chance of a lifetime.
What makes this aspect even more special is that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first race was run way back in 1911.
Bidding stalled out at $225,000 for this particular Camaro, but still; a Deuce and a Quarter grand is still a nice chunk of change to help families and kids in need.
A couple of interesting points – although the Camaro convertible is being listed as a 2012 model by GM, this particular car was categorized as a 2011 at B-J, perhaps as a nod to enhance it’s one-off status, ahead of the other 49 replicas. In addition, while the new Camaro close mimicks the ’69 version, the color isn’t an exact match, the stripes are a dark shade of orange and the color is Summit white, as opposed to Dover white on the original. The new one also doesn’t come with a Houndstooth interior, but still; it’s a very neat car.
It’s that time of year again, where the big collector car auctions get revved up for some serious gavel action in Arizona. RM Auctions, which this year is offering a whole fistful of vintage and classic British machinery, is also offering this, the very first Dodge Charger ever built.
Launched as a concept in 1964, it was based on the existing full-size Polara two-door, but was designed as a showcase for Chrysler’s then new Hemi V8, the all-conquering 426. The ’64 Charger was converted into a two seater, sporting a cut down roof with original Batmobile type pods for the driver and passenger, plus a notable absence of chrome (including the bumpers), special side scoops and unique Halibrand wheels.
However, because of high demand for those new Hemi V8s, especially in NASCAR, when the Charger concept actually made its debut, it was powered by a standard 383 cubic inch big block Polara V8, rated at 305-hp. It toured the show circuit for a year and was then acquired by a prominent Dodge dealer who passed it onto his son, who made some alterations to the car.
In 1999 it was acquired by noted dream car collector Joe Bortz who had it restored at no expense. In fact Bortz went a step further and had one of the original, hand built Hemi engines installed, thus creating the car’s ‘should have been’ original configuration.
In 2007 the car was purchased by collector John M. O’Quinn and now, following his death, is up for auction, along with other items from the O’Quinn estate. According to RM, the car will likely sell for between $750,000 and $1 million when it goes under the hammer later this month.
[Source: RM Auctions]
CSX 1001, one of only 12 genuine 1965 Shelby Cobra S/C 427s and the only one to sport an aluminum engine, will be going up for auction at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale event in January.
Built using an original AC body from Britain, it was completed for Carroll Shelby personally and along with the car, the winning bidder will receive original paperwork verifying ol’ Shel as the Cobra’s original owner.
In view of its pedigree, exotic engine and also the fact that it is one of just 12 Semi Competition Cobras built in 1965, it’s anybody’s guess to how much the car will sell for when it goes under the gavel. However, one thing’s for certain, interested parties should make sure they’ve got plenty of cash on hand when the time comes.