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Text and Photos by Steve Temple

The story of the ZL1 Camaro, fitted with that rarest of the rare, all-aluminum 427 big-block V-8, is one that has often been told: How only 69 were made, how they exploited the GM option-ordering system, and how they've become the Camaro guy's ultimate Camaro.

What hasn't been told, though, is an anecdote heard from the lips of no less a personage than Jim Perkins, former general manger for Chevy. As you might expect, someone with this sort of title and responsibility not only commands a lot of clout, but also knows where a lot of the bodies are buried.

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Published Oct 25th, 2017

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