The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was a high-performance version of the Camaro that featured an all-aluminum 427 cubic-inch V8 engine. Only 69 of these cars were produced, making it one of the rarest Camaros ever built. The ZL1 option was a dealer-installed package, and the cars were sold without any badges or trim that would identify them as the high-performance models.
They were also built with only a few basic options, such as power brakes, a special radiator, and a heavy-duty suspension. The ZL1 Camaro was designed for drag racing and was capable of reaching high speeds. Due to this, it was also quite costly, with a price tag of over $7,200, which was over $2,200 more than a base Camaro.
The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in vibrant orange, prepared by Horsepower Depot, is a formidable competitor in its series. Despite its stock appearance, this Camaro boasts exceptional speed, able to complete a quarter-mile run in under 10 seconds, making it a formidable opponent even against modern muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger Demon. Recently equipped with a brand new engine, it now boasts even more power and performance.”
At first you should know that this isn’t an original 1969 ZL1, but a very authentic-looking clone. Far from surprising if you ask me because the 1969 Camaro ZL1 is an extremely rare gem. Part of the COPO series fitted with the race-spec, all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8, the ZL1 was built in just 69 units. And no muscle car enthusiast is crazy enough to swap its original mill.
Once inside the Camaro, the mill spun the rear wheels to the tune of 737 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. Not as much as the Horsepower Depot crew had hoped, but they claim that a little more tuning plus fuel and timing adjustments should get horsepower up to 745.
The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is already an impressive vehicle, however, as it is being prepped for the upcoming FAST Racing Series season, the team at Horsepower Depot is working to extract every last bit of power from its all-aluminum V8 engine.
Until it hits the drag strip again, likely hoping to set a new record, watch this beauty rev its engine on the dyno in the video below.