What is a Camaro?
It's a made up word to fit the Chevrolet naming plan of the time (Corvette, Caprice, Chevelle, and so on.). Some venturesome Chevy PR type professes to have discovered the word (afterward) in an old French lexicon as a slang word for companion (as in brotherhood), however it give the idea that is a sometime later back story.
There’s no question that the 1969 ZL1 Camaro is a legend, but is it one of the fastest Camaros ever? It’s true that this model kicked street performance up a notch. In fact, it was able to hit 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. If you think about it for a moment, you might not be overly impressed at the moment. There are plenty of cars that can produce those kinds of time.
Now, stop and remember that this car is from the late 1960s. In that time, those speeds weren’t seen. The ZL1 offered speed and excitement to the average, everyday driver. It’s no wonder that Chevy has had such success with the ZL1 nameplate since then. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts know a good thing when they see it.
Spencer Wetherall is an award winning classic car restoration specialist. In fact, he is the only classic Camaro ZL-1 expert in the world. In addition to running his business, Wetherall Restorations, He also own, write, and direct Time Machine Camaros, a TV show about classic car restoration.
His passion for rebuilding classic cars began at age 16 when he rebuilt a Camaro with his father Fred Wetherell. Since that day he has rebuilt over a hundred custom cars for clients from all around the world. He is a Territory Manager for Brown & Associates. He has expertise as a Chief Operating Officer with a background in finance, purchasing and machinery manufacturing. Reach his at Spencer_37@msn.com if you are interested in a new car!