A superb 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 led the bidding at the Houston Classic Auction last weekend, reaching an impressive $715,000 (including auction fee) amidst the more than $6 million in total sales.
The auction, held by Worldwide Auctioneers in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas, featured 94 cars crossing the block with a 70 percent sales rate.
Camaro fans sat up and took notice when this survivor crossed the block. The high-performance ZL-1 is one of just three examples that retain factory original engine and drivetrain, according to Worldwide, which added that the car is extensively documented. The ZL-1 is car No. 6 of the famous 50-car order by Joe Gibbs, the Illinois Chevy dealer and racer, and one of 12 in Cortez Silver.
Other tops sales included (prices include auction fees):
- A 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS that was comprehensively restored, sold for $407,000. The Dino retains its original matching-numbers engine and gearbox, and is a lifelong California car, Worldwide says.
- A 1967 Shelby GT350 Mustang fastback couple that is one of the few remaining factory supercharged Shelbys, sold for $280,500. The factory Candy Apple Red, four-speed car has a claimed 400-plus horsepower.
- A fine unrestored 1957 Dual Ghia convertible with extensive documentation and unbroken ownership history, sold for $269,500. The rare beauty is a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance award winner.
“The variety of significant cars in this year’s auction as well as a strong representation of muscle cars gave way to some great bidding wars,” said Rod Egan, auctioneer and co-founder of Worldwide. “When it was all done, these vehicles are going home to some great collections.”