From the IROC-Z to the ZL1, the Chevrolet Camaro is not a rare sight these days. The car has been in production for over 40 years, so even rare, classic, and special-edition Camaros are commonplace. But one particular model, headed for a Pennsylvania car show in June, is truly one of a kind.
That’s because it’s the first one ever built.
The 1967 pony car, with the VIN N100001 stamped across its driver’s side door pillar, will be showcased at the 2015 Carlisle GM Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania from June 26th to June 28th.
As documented in a video by PilotCarRegistry, this particular ‘Maro has had quite the journey. It was mostly hand-assembled back in 1966 as a part of the 49-car pilot build program. The Grenada Gold muscle car was then used as an assembly test mule and display car, before traveling from dealership to dealership, owner to owner.
The Camaro was used as a drag racer in the early 1980s, with many original parts removed (but preserved) for motorsport duty. It headed away to long-term storage in the late 1980s, where it stayed hidden until 2009.
It was again used as a racecar at that time, until an eventual owner learned the Camaro’s storied history. Then, the pony car began its restoration process, was authenticated, and was brought back to its former glory.
The Camaro’s original equipment included a 230 cubic-inch straight-six, three-speed automatic transmission, whitewall tires, push-button radio and ‘deluxe’ seat belts. The car was also equipped with a 110-volt static lighting display, which was used to display the car at auto shows and sales conventions.