Body off frame restored to factory ZL-1 specs. It even has an all
aluminum 427 from GM Performance.
The ZL-1 legend: Only 69 special ordered ZL-1s were produced from
the factory. Considered to be one of the most desirable Chevys ever
built, they have sold for over 1 million $. Fred Gibb Chevrolet was
interested in filling Chevy's void in the drag racing scene. He
ordered 50 Camaros through the COPO program which allowed dealers
to custom configure cars. A big horsepower, lightweight car was the
goal. He achieved that goal by ordering no frills Camaros. No fancy
spoilers, stripes, wheels or options. None of them even had a
radio! They did come with F-41 suspension, cowl induction, disc
brakes and could be ordered with an automatic or a 4-speed. Of
course the all aluminum 427 motor which produced tons of horsepower
and torque was the chosen power plant. As the cars were being
delivered to Gibb, something was terribly wrong. GM did not absorb
the cost of research and development which more than doubled the
cost of the car. No dealer could afford this, for the first time
ever a a high volume return was made to GM. Gibb returned 37 of the
50 cars. About 20 cars went on to set records in organized drag
racing. The others were sold to people with deep pockets. They were
so expensive, the last one didn't sell off Gibb's lot until 1973.
Looking back, people had no idea that even at $7,200 it could have
been the best investment they ever made!
EXTERIOR: All metal, no rust or damage. No fancy trim, spoilers or
stripes. Although it does have a functional cowl induction hood
which feeds fresh air to the motor. Cortez Silver was one of only 5
colors the ZL-1s were available in. It has a smooth, glossy clear
coat finish. All new glass, weatherstrips, window seals, bumpers
etc. Painted steel rims with poverty caps and reproduction Good
Year Polyglass tires.
INTERIOR: No frills inside either, ZL-1s didn't even come with a
radio. It is completely restored. New upholstery, door panels,
carpet, headliner etc. It has a new dash pad and instrument bezel.
It does have a rare 140 mph speedo, center mounted gas gauge and a
factory tachometer. It also has a vintage style set of Stewart
Warner gauges below the dash. New mirror, visors, reproduction seat
belts, console, ashtray, lighter, glovebox liner etc.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Restored to look factory correct. Genuine
Chevrolet Performance ZL-1 aluminum 427 making over 500 hp. Built
using a Scat crank with 4 inch stroke, Scat H-beam rods, diamond
10.3:1 pistons, Clevite bearings, Crane roller cam, lifters and
rockers, Cloyes timing chain. On top is a set of rectangular port
aluminum heads, GM aluminum intake, big Holley carb, GM distributor
with electronic conversion. There's a set of 2 inch ceramic coated
headers. On top is a functional cowl induction system. It has dated
plug wires, reproduction hoses and clamps, Delco battery topper and
hood insulation. It also has correct curved neck radiator, cadmium
plated brake booster and deep groove pulleys. New wiring harness,
wiper motor, squirters are hooked up. All the components look new,
all the finishes are clean.
TRUNK COMPARTMENT: Restored like new and it's complete. Clean, rust
free metal was neatly spatter painted. The weatherstrip, decals,
wiring harness, seat insulation are new. It also has a reproduction
jack assembly, restored rim and reproduction tire.
UNDERSIDE: The body was off the frame and every component under
this car was rebuilt or replaced. Clean metal floors with no rust
painted satin black. The front end steering and suspension is
completely rebuilt. The rear suspension has new leaf springs and
bushings. Delco shocks all around. The brakes were rebuilt, it has
disc in front. Brake lines and e-brake assembly were replaced. The
fuel system was replaced: tank, straps, fuel lines and sending
unit. Looking up at the motor it is still spotless. It has a
correct new starter. Rebuilt TCI Turbo 400 automatic with 10 inch
converter, 178 tooth flexplate. An aluminum driveshaft hooks up to
a Moser 12 bolt rear. It has an Eaton 3 series posi with 3.73
gears. Great sounding fat Pypes stainless exhaust system. It has
x-pipe, transverse muffler and welded joints. GM leaf springs,
Delco shocks all around.
This is a very authentic clone of one of the baddest Chevys ever
I, Jay Grams, take pride in personally writing the descriptions for
virtually every car for about the last 30 years now. A significant
amount of effort goes into fact checking. What I am offering is my
professional impression of the vehicle.
Our salesmen are happy to assist with descriptions and making sure
your questions are answered. One great suggestion is letting us do
a walk around video that explains the car's condition in
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815 385 3644 9-5 central
Power disc brakes
140 mph speedo
Stewart Warner gauges