First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to Be Auctioned for Charity

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Keeping up with tradition, Chevrolet will auction off its first Camaro ZL1 1LE.

The American automaker has a history of auctioning the first production unit of various models and the Camaro ZL1 1LE will be next at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction on April 7. The model was announced earlier this year in Daytona, sporting a familiar 650-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. But like the Camaro SS 1LE, the ZL1 1LE will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

On the exterior, the Camaro ZL1 1LE sports a much more aggressive style with a massive rear spoiler, larger front splitter and enlarged grille openings. It’s a track-focused package, as the 1LE nameplate suggests, and it comes standard with 19-inch wheels paired with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires.

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All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the United Way Charity and it’ll likely fetch a good amount. In 2011, the first production Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sold for $250,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas with the winning bidder being none other than Rick Hendrick, who has passionately bought up plenty of Chevrolet’s first units at previous auctions.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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