1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 13.16 seconds
Price New: $7,200
Price Now: $1 million +
In the late ’60s, Can-Am was a famous racing series featuring prototype-class cars with V8 engines. Chevrolet wanted to purpose-build a power plant for this championship. They produced an all-aluminum 427 big block called ZL-1 in 1969. It was a high-revving, 7.0-liter V8, with around 550 HP in mild tune. Chevrolet produced about 200 of those engines. While most of them went to Can-Am racing teams, 69 of ZL-1 were installed in C.O.P.O Camaros and sold to drag racing teams (via Motor Trend).
The Camaro ZL-1 was the same as a regular 1969 Camaro on the outside, but it was so fast it was barely street-legal. The 1969 official Chevrolet literature doesn’t mention the ZL-1 option for the Camaro. But if you were a successful drag racer or dealer, you knew about this expensive option. That’s why only 69 Camaros ZL-1 left the factory.