On the Block
Here’s a trio of interesting cars that we found in different auctions and/or for sale online.
At the 2013 Mecum auction in Chicago, the No. 26 ’69 ZL-1 Camaro went across the block. Fully restored and documented with its numbers-matching engine and trans still in place, the Dusk Blue land missile sold for a whopping $500k. It was one of the original batch sent to and sold through Fred Gibb Chevrolet, and still has its original shipping report, Protect-O-Plate, and paperwork from the original owner.
Another sale at Mecum Chicago, this ’63 Impala hardtop went for a mere $13k. It still has its original dealer invoice and shipping paperwork, and is an unrestored survivor. A 283/Powerglide car, this seems like a real bargain basement buy that could be left as is and enjoyed at shows and cruises, or used to build a really cool restomod/pro touring project.
Over to Craigslist for some bargain hunting, we came across this stalled ’71 Camaro project. The owner wanted $5k, and already had new floors, trunk, dash, and quarters installed. The chassis was complete, had other parts, and the only thing missing was the motor and trans. A factory A/C car, with early second-gen Camaros in good shape getting tough to find for decent prices, this stalled project is a good starting point for someone.
Z/28 Storms Nürburgring, Spanks Porsche and Lamborgini
Back in October, the 2014 Z/28 hit the Nürburgring to test its mettle, and in the process showed how dominant a modern American muscle car can be. The Z/28’s lap of 7.37:40 is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and beats published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The Z/28’s lap was completed on less-than-ideal conditions, with damp pavement and pouring rain near the end of the run.
“One of the challenges of testing at the ‘Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track.”
In terms of lap times, the Z/28’s improved speed came from three areas:
Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel lap after lap
Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.
2014 Super Chevy Schedule
For 2014 the Super Chevy Show series will be headed to 12 destinations, with one new one in U.S. 131 Dragway in Martin, Michigan.
Palm Beach Intl Raceway — Jupiter, FL — April 4–6, 2014
Memphis Intl Raceway — Memphis, TN — April 11 –13, 2014
Texas Motorplex — Dallas, TX — May 17–18, 2014
Virginia Motorsports Park — Petersburg, VA — May 17–18, 2014
US 131 Motorsports Park — Martin, MI — May 30–June 1, 2014
Auto Club Famoso Raceway — Bakersfield, CA — June 7–8, 2014
Gateway Motorsports Park — St. Louis, MO — June 20–22, 2014
Maple Grove Raceway — Reading, PA — July 11–13, 2014
Bandimere Speedway — Denver, CO — August 15–16, 2014
Bristol Dragway — Bristol, TN — September 26–28, 2014
Rockingham Dragway — Rockingham, NC — October 3–5, 2014
Royal Purple Raceway — Houston, TX — October 11–12, 2014