001 is an expensive number when it comes to the VIN of some cars. But the value of the first model off the production line largely depends on the car itself. While the seller of this 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition thinks they have something very valuable, it’s not quarter-million dollars valuable.
Currently listed on Ebay is a “VIN #00001” 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Special Edition with 14,853 miles for the eye-watering “Buy-It-Now” price of $250,000. While the 45th Anniversary model is nice, and this happens to be a manual convertible SS V8 model, it’s just not that special.
Moreover, there’s no uploaded photo proof of the VIN.
The 45th Anniversary Edition package was no more than some stickers, special badging and interior trim, and was available on 2LT V6 and 2SS V8 models. There were zero performance improvements made to this model, and it’s not like the 2012 Camaro SS was looked at as a highlight of the fifth generation Camaro in the first place. We’ll give that honor to the Z/28.
The seller lists some “Market Comparisons” for other 001 VIN cars to try to back up the absurd price. For example, the first C8 Corvette sold at Barrett-Jackson for $3 million, and the first Mustang Shelby GT500 for $1.1 million. But the key difference is those are seriously special cars, for charity, and usually by somebody who didn’t care about the price. We all know the importance of the C8 Corvette, and the GT500 is an improvement upon the Mustang it’s based on. The Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition is just a Camaro with some nice stickers and badges that sold right off dealership lots.
For the sake of comparison, there is nearly identical Camaro 45th Anniversary edition coupe for sale on Autotrader. It is also manual SS model, and actually has fewer miles at 13,678. The difference? It’s a coupe, it isn’t the first one, and the key fact the car is listed for an appropriate $28,500.
More than anything, we hope that someone isn’t gullible enough to buy the “VIN 0001” car at such a ridiculous price.