From 1LE to Bumblebee, there’s no shortage of Chevy pony cars
Barrett-Jackson auctions have always played to American car enthusiasts, with the vast majority of its offerings having been built right here in the USA. Muscle cars and pony cars feature heavily in collectible American classics and there’s no shortage of Camaros this year at Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale auction. Here are seven cool Camaros to keep an eye on while you’re watching the auction live on MotorTrend Network January 12-20, 2019.
1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 1LE
The current Camaro 1LE is a favorite, but to understand the significance of the model designation you have to go back to 1989, when Chevrolet offered a 1LE trim options group to better equip the Camaro IROC-Z for SCCA Showroom Stock racing. The 1LE trim wasn’t a specific package, but instead was automatically specified when a car was ordered with deleted air conditioning and the G92 performance axle. Extra 1LE items included performance brakes, an aluminum driveshaft, a baffled fuel tank, and firmer shocks and springs. With just 1,400 miles (2,253 km) on the odometer, this 1LE is one of just 62 built in 1990, the second and last year of production, and one of just 34 with a five-speed manual gearbox. It still wears its original Goodyear Eagle tires and all factory documentation from new is included. Some 111 1LE cars were built in 1989 for a grand total of 173.
1968 Camaro Z/28 RS
We love the metallic green paint on this ’68 Z/28 and the fact that it has a recently rebuilt, numbers-matching 302-cubic-inch V-8 under the hood makes this one all the more sweet. Paired to a four-speed manual gearbox and wearing period-correct Firestone Wide Oval reissue tires, this Camaro also has its original NCRS shipping data report, receipts for the engine rebuild, original Protect-O-Plate and is said to have been authenticated by model expert Jerry MacNeish.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
Delivered new at Dale Chevrolet in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this is said to be an honest-to-goodness COPO Camaro. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order, essentially a special-order program through which dealers could spec special equipment. This Camaro was ordered with a 427-cubic-inch/425-hp Corvette engine, Muncie four-speed manual gearbox, and Posi-traction differential. Barrett-Jackson claims this car was given a rotisserie restoration to concours standards, but we’d find it pretty tough to keep this one mothballed in our ownership.
2010, 2013 and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro “Bumblebee”
Four Camaros as used in five different Transformers movies are being sold as a single group to the highest bidder with all proceeds to benefit Operation Homefront, a charity organization supporting military families.
The Camaros are all screen-used cars customized in the now famous Bumblebee aesthetic, with the first car used in the original Transformers of 2007 as well as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the 2010 car used in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the 2013 car used in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the 2016 car featured in Transformers: The Last Knight. Each car comes with a V-8 engine and automatic transmission, but none are street-legal and all are sold on scrap vehicle titles. We’re guessing a museum is probably the best final destination for these ex-movie cars.