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A Tragic End To An Amazing Machine

Camaro ZL1 1LE

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.

Camaro ZL1 1LE

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.

Camaro ZL1 1LE

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.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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