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Two Auctions Were Held In Scottsdale This Week

2020 COPO Camaro
Image via Chevrolet.

It was a big week for auctions, with Barrett-Jackson and Bonhams each holding major collector car auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. Yesterday we shared with you a pair of special Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 restoration projects from the 1960’s that were revealed alongside their modern successors that ended up selling for an incredible sum of money. And today, there’s more muscle car news to report from Barrett-Jackson. The one-off Chevrolet COPO Camaro John Force Edition that was revealed at the 2019 SEMA Show finally crossed the auction block, with the gavel slamming at $600,000 – nearly half the original estimate of $1 million. A great sum of money nevertheless, but we’re left wondering what it means. At least it ended up selling, unlike the all electric eCOPO.

Proceeds of this one-off Camaro went to

The 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition packs a 350 cubic-inch LSX-based V8 engine fitted to a 2.65L Magnusson supercharger, a track-ready Racer’s package that includes a carbon fiber air inlet, dual batteries, weight box, parachute, and a quick-change coupling for the supercharger (if equipped). The red/black livery speaks for itself, with John Force’s autograph integrated into the dual white racing stripes, while the hood scoop is detailed with a gray American flag. Additionally, the interior is riddled with red accents, and another John Force signature on the dashboard.

Meanwhile, since the size and scale of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction can easily dominate the news cycle, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice that the first Dodge Viper ever produced sold for nearly double its sales estimate at Bonhams. And there’s likely a good reason for that.

This 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 with 6,200 miles once belonged to automotive industry great: the father of the Ford Mustang, and Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca. The gavel slammed at $285,500, more than double the pre-sale estimate. Less than half of the John Force COPO Camaro, but it’s good to see some love for this famous Viper. Iacocca’s estate also sold his Chrysler LeBaron, as well as a special Mustang, which didn’t move for much.

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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