Taken away from us too soon is this gloriously Hyper Blue Metallic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE that met its end after just 48 miles on the odometer. Likely a victim of its driver running out of talent. Found on Copart, via The Drive, with an estimated bid of $27,500, far off its estimated retail value of $69,995 before options. The salvage site estimates the value of this particular Camaro to be over $83,000.
Visually, the body of this Camaro ZL1 1LE looks to be a complete write-off, save for maybe the doors. The suspension system looks to be in pieces, but the coveted Multimatic DSSV dampers could still be good to part out. Same with the 650 horsepower LT4 V8 engine, though that will likely require a lot of inspection. We’re not sure how anybody could make their money back on this one, even with a minimum bid below $30,000. That carbon fiber wing is probably worth plenty, but not that much.
When fully operational, a sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 1LE is capable of storming the Nurbürgring in an incredible 7:16.04 – the fastest of any production pony car/muscle car ever to hit that track. In a straight line, a ZL1 is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph when equipped with its rapid-fire 10-speed automatic transmission. This one in particular, however, was equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which comes with slick active rev matching. It’s certainly the driver’s choice between the two methods of shifting gears. And, since we’re not getting a Z/28 model this generation, the ZL1 1LE is the ultimate performance Camaro of the sixth-gen lineup.
All Chevrolet Camaro coupes and convertibles are built in Lansing, Michigan, and will continue to be until at least 2023, when the sixth-generation Camaro is scheduled to reach the end of its product lifecycle.