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END OF AN ERA: The 2024 Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens


Ever since it rejoined the Chevrolet model line in 2010, the Camaro followed in the hallowed footsteps of its 1967-2002 predecessors as one of the finest high-performance cars in production. Sadly, Chevrolet ceased Camaro production this past January (2024); however, the potent pony car was fittingly ushered out with a bang in ultimate high-performance form with a limited 350-car run of the Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition. Finished in menacing Panther Black matte paint, this stunning Camaro ZL1 example headed to the 2024 Palm Beach Auction with No Reserve features unique cues to match its rarity, including black stripes, black 20-inch wheels and additional graphic accents.

True to its purpose and more than worthy of its legendary “ZL1” designation, the ZL1 Camaro delivers stunning power and performance with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine at its heart, factory-rated at 650 horsepower and 650 ft/lbs of peak torque at just 3,600 rpm. Among the engine’s wizard-like engineering features are a 1.7-liter Eaton supercharger, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, with spent combustion gases evacuated by a dual-mode exhaust system punctuated by quad exhaust tips. Power delivery options for the model are a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic (the example on offer has the latter) with competition-style shift paddles.

According to published test results compiled by Car and Driver magazine, the ZL1 Camaro delivers stunning performance, including acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds (versus a factory-advertised 3.7-second time), the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds and a 190-mph terminal velocity. Further published test data for the ZL1 Camaro include roadholding of 1.17 g on a 200-foot-diameter skid pad and anchor-like braking from 70 mph to a dead stop in just 137 feet. While certainly no economy car, EPA fuel mileage is pretty respectable, including 16 combined mpg, with 13 city and 21 highway.

While clearly engineered and built to perform, the ZL1 Camaro is very well-appointed and deceptively luxurious. Standard ZL1 amenities include power-adjustable front buckets with both heating and ventilation, a heated steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. A touchscreen infotainment system includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations. Other choice amenities include an audiophile-quality Bose sound system, wireless phone charger and fighter jet-style Head-Up Display (HUD).

This electrifying 2024 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition is car #189 of the 350 examples produced in total, and it is particularly rare and collectible as one of just 64 built in its specific configuration, including its top-of-the-line convertible body style. A red-accented Jet Black leather interior handsomely complements the Panther Black matte paint finish and includes full connectivity and technology packages, full power features, a heated suede steering wheel, carbon-fiber accents and numerous hidden “Panther” logos. In addition to the supercharged LT4 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, this ZL1 is loaded with such performance features as a limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Control, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and Brembo vented disc brakes with 15.4-inch rotors and 6-piston calipers up front and 14.4-inch rotors and 4-piston calipers to the rear. Just 13 actual miles had been accumulated at the time of writing.

Marking the end of a glorious era in modern American high-performance cars, this 2024 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition Convertible is an exceedingly rare and highly equipped example that is now ready to collect and enjoy. Crossing the block at the April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction, it marks a thrilling find in every possible respect. Register to bid today.

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.



GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
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