First-production models for the Camaro usually find themselves on the auction block with proceeds being sent directly to charity.
So, when Chevrolet announced last week that it was sending the first-production models of the 2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro and the 2014 Z/28 Camaro to Barrett-Jackson, none of us were surprised the least bit.
What we did find surprising, though, was the enormous interest bidder had in both cars, culminating in a total auction of $1.35 million. Broken down, the Z28 netted an impressive $650,000 and the COPO Camaro received $700,000.
Compare that to the $400,000 the 2013 COPO Camaro Convertible fetched in the same event last year and we’d consider that almost 100-percent bid increase proof that the new look of the Camaro, coupled with the uniqueness of the models, equates to a lot of interest from a lot of people.
Besides, the amount both cars received will go to a good cause, with the proceeds from the COPO Camaro going to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and the money from the Z/28 will go to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools.
Good on the buyers of both first-production models for shelling out that much money; just goes to show that people are willing to fork over money to score these muscle cars .
Click past the jump to read about both new Camaros
The 2014 COPO Camaro was unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show and, just like the previous version, will be limited to only 69 units.
The model will be offered with a pair of new racing engines, including a revised take on the naturally aspirated 427 engine, as well as a supercharged version of the 350-cubic-inch engine. Other updated will also include an NHRA-approved roll cage and suspension and an exclusive live rear axle.
Gallery Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Chevrolet unveiled the Camaro Z/28 as the most capable and fastest Camaro currently available. When compared to a standard Camaro, the Z/28 version features a full aerodynamic package, an updated interior look, high-performance suspension and brakes, and of course, a more powerful engine.
Under the hood, Z/28 gets a naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a Tremec TR6060 manual transmission that sends the engine’s power to the rear wheels.
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 is priced at $75,000.