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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 16th – 20th, 2013 at Russo and Steele’s 13th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Fred Gibb was a Chevrolet dealer in LaHarpe, Illinois. In the Super Car/racing circles he is best remembered as the father of the 1969 ZL-1 Camaro. The ZL1 is also known as COPO 9560. Fred Gibb Chevrolet special ordered and sold 50 COPO Nova’s with 396/375 engines and experimental Turbo-hydramatic transmissions. These were also known as COPO 9738. Some of these special Novas were also converted into 427ci Super Cars!
It was ultimately the 1969 Camaro ZL-1 which ensured Fred Gibb’s lasting mark on muscle car history.
His close friendship with Vince Piggins of Chevrolet, provided Fred Gibb the necessary avenue to have his concept of the ultimate Camaro race car come to fruition. This project included Chevrolet’s ultimate Big Block, of the day, an all aluminum 427ci engine. This engine was dubbed code ZL-1.
The first two Dusk Blue ZL-1 Camaros (COPO 9560) were delivered to Gibb December 31, 1968. They were exactly as specified. 48 more ZL1s were delivered in March of 1969. However, there was a major problem. The sticker price was not $4,900, but rather a startling $7,269, nearly doubling the price of a cast-iron 427ci Camaro (COPO 9561).
The high cost was due to a new GM policy, which stated that instead of the auto manufacturer absorbing most of research and development cost associated with specialty vehicles, it was to be passed on to the cost of the vehicle. This drove up the cost of the COPO 9560 option from an estimated $400 to $4,000.
Fred Gibb was able to sell 13 of the ZL-1 Camaros. Eventually an additional 19 ZL-1’s were built and sold by other dealers, resulting in a total production run of 69 ZL-1 Camaros, with the possibility of two engineering prototypes.
Of the 71 total ZL1 Camaros produced there are approximately 54 which are accounted for and only approximately 48 of those car are known to exist today. Many of the 48 are project cars or cars which have been “rebodied” or rebuilt from race car or rusted carcases, having very little if any originality remaining.
Fred Gibb ZL1 #14 is one of the most authentic and restored to original ZL1s available anywhere at any price! This is the very first ZL1 Fisher body number “NOR222001”. It is Lemans Blue with a Black standard interior and an X44 base car trim tag code. It has been recently rotisserie restored to an extremely high standard. The drive train is a correct date coded original ZL1 engine with the original M21, 4 speed transmission and an original BE coded 12 bolt posi rear end.
It features a host of original documentation, including, the original GM Protecto-plate and warranty booklet, letter of authenticity from Fred Gibb, himself, the dealer invoice, the transportation company bill of lading with other ZL1s, a copy of the Fred Gibb New car inventory sales record, copies of previous titles and full owner history.
In our opinion there has not been a ZL1 offered at recent public auction with the equivalent provenance and pedigree. If you can afford a no excuses best of the best ZL1 then this is one for your consideration.