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Another Iconic Name In The Camaro’s Legacy

2013 Nickey Camaro ZL1
Image Via Mecum.

When we think of modified versions of the Chevrolet Camaro, Names like Yenko and Lingenfelter are sure to come to mind. You may have never heard of the folks at Nickey Chevrolet, but they are a hugely important part of this muscle car’s story. They were the first people to stuff a 427 cubic-inch (7.0L) V8 under the hood of a Camaro, and became one of the first to utilize the words “Super Car” to describe their creation. Now thanks to the folks at Mecum, you have a chance to own this 2013 Nickey Camaro ZL1.

This particular Nickey Camaro ZL1 wears VIN #7, and is just one of 67 cars built to celebrate 67 years of Hot Rod Magazine. This car even took part in the 2013 iteration of the Hot Rod Power Tour, and has traveled only 14,648 miles since new. While the 580 horsepower ZL1 was already a potent machine, the folks at Nickey seem to have a knack for cranking things up to 11.

2013 Nickey Camaro ZL1 Engine
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This Nickey Camaro ZL1 is equipped with the company’s Stage II package, which is good for about 800 horsepower at the crank. Upgrades include a proprietary Stage II camshaft, CNC ported and blueprinted cylinder heads, and a multi-angle valve job. This Camaro also saw its owner spec a rather lengthy list of performance options, which include:

  • Pistons with clearance for a high lift camshaft
  • Beehive valve springs, titanium retainers, 10 degree locks
  • Rocker arm trunnion upgrade
  • Hardened custom length pushrods
  • 2-inch stainless steel long tube headers and straight connection pipes
  • GM head gaskets & head bolts
  • Reduced diameter 2.55” steel supercharger drive pulley
  • Ported throttle body
  • High capacity intercooler reservoir
  • 8 rib serpentine belt
  • Supercharger solid isolator coupling
  • Custom port and polish supercharger snout
  • Roto Fab cold air intake
  • K & N air filter
  • ATI harmonic balancer with 10% overdrive drive pulley
  • ID 850 fuel injectors
  • 160 degree thermostat

According to a post Nickey made on the Camaro5 Forum back in 2013, we know that this car can lay down 680 horsepower and 617 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Those are impressive figures even today, only highlighting the tunability of the LSA V8.  While we are sure this thing wasn’t cheap to build, it can be yours for the right price. The Nickey Camaro ZL1 will be sold during the Mecum Dallas 2020 auction, which runs from October 15-17.

2013 Nickey Camaro ZL1 Rear
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Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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