Rare Chevy classics to be featured at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction

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A 1968 Corvette L88 with 427 power is one of the featured Chevys | Barrett-Jacksn photos

Barrett-Jackson auctions are always a haven for Chevy fans, with plenty of Corvettes and rare performance models to drool over. January brings another edition of bowtie frenzy to the annual Scottsdale extravaganza.

Leading the pack is the Holy Grail of Camaro models, a 1969 COPO ZL1, number 59 of 69 built, powered by an aluminum 427 V8 and the only one from the factory with a NC8 chambered exhaust, which are sans mufflers. The 4-speed Camaro is outfitted in the classic COPO livery of Hugger Orange with steel wheels and dogdish hubcaps.

The ’69 Camaro COPO ZL1 is one of just 69 built

Another performance standout is the 1968 Corvette L88 coupe with a 427/430-horsepower V8 and 4-speed transmission in Le Mans Blue. Two 1967 Corvettes with 427/435-horsepower V8 are also on the docket.

Stepping back to one of the original muscle cars is a gorgeously restored 1962 Bel Air bubble-top coupe powered by the iconic 409 cid V8, which boasted one horsepower per cubic inch. The no-nonsense Bel Air is equipped as original with a 4-speed manual, steel wheels and dogdish hubcaps.

Among the classic Chevrolets is the very first 1957 150 sedan, a 47,000-mile survivor purchased from the original owner in 1990 after he gave up driving at 96. The two-door is painted in its original two-tone Onyx Black and India Ivory with its factory 6-cylinder engine and three-speed manual.

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The first 1957 Chevrolet 150 is a unique survivor

Customized Chevys include a 1948 Fleetline fastback, a 1955 Nomad wagon, a 1959 Impala convertible and a resto-modded 1970 Chevelle coupe.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the breadth and depth of our Chevy docket mount as we get closer to our Scottsdale Auction” Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release. “From original survivors to those showcasing the latest in modern performance, there’s no doubt we’ll have the world’s best Chevy models for auction in January.”

Barrett-Jackson’s signature Scottsdale auction takes place January 13-21 at WestWorld. For information, visit the auction website.

Watch for the 30-day countdown of Barrett-Jackson’s featured vehicles for Scottsdale starting Friday on ClassicCars.com.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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