|December 7, 2017 4:10 pm||$4,000||seconddaily|
|December 7, 2017 4:10 pm||$3,500||seconddaily|
|December 7, 2017 4:09 pm||$3,000||seconddaily|
|December 7, 2017 4:09 pm||$2,500||seconddaily|
|December 7, 2017 4:01 pm||$2,000||cyrjm|
|December 7, 2017 3:57 pm||$1,750||cyrjm|
|December 7, 2017 3:51 pm||$1,500||cyrjm|
|November 29, 2017 12:00 am||Auction started|
Not to worry, we are not taking our normal stroll down car model lane with this one. That would take us all the way back to 1966 to the inside of a WWII-era warehouse in Norwood, Ohio. That’s where Camaro #1 was built over 50 years ago in secrecy. In fact, when it was built it had yet to earn the name Camaro…GM was unsure what to call it so no nameplates were installed. When the press caught wind of it, they didn’t even know how to pronounce it so the ads of the time said “Camaro…it rhymes with arrow”.
No, we won’t do that because the feature car here has it’s own special place in GM history, one that deserves to be combined in both model and car history. No, we won’t go to the 1960’s with this…instead, we’re going all the way back to 1925. It was then that Nickey Chevrolet was founded in Chicago, Illinois. A decade or so later, the dealership would be taken over by the Stephani family and brothers, Ed and Jack, would eventually orchestrate the Nickey-Chevrolet marriage, and establish the reputation we know it as today for delivering muscle cars and performance parts for Chevy goers.
The Nickey name and the famous backwards K logo is familiar to most muscle car enthusiasts. What might not be so well known is that Nickey Chicago (actually now being ran out of St. Charles, IL) recently contracted with Todd Wenzel Chevrolet and Hot Rod magazine to build a limited number of specially modified 5th generation Camaros. In fact, limited number here means really limited…67. Why 67? To commemorate Hot Rod magazines 67 years on the newsstands. So unlike all the automakers’ broken promises about limited numbers (think Porsche 944 turbo S, Audi RS 6, Land Rover 25th anniversary edition Classic to name a few)…this 67 has real meaning and stuck.
The best part was, they were built to customer specs so each is in theory unique among themselves. They offered four different levels, cleverly named Option I – IV, where how much you spend is commensurate with how much added horsepower you get over stock. Option I level nets you 475 horsepower (which already puts you over a 996 turbo S), Option II is the SE level with a supercharged 550 horsepower drivetrain, Option III level bumps you to 575 horsepower, or the piece d’resistance Option IV level with an LS7 427 pushing 620 horsepower! So perhaps the best part is not the customer specifications, but rather the full two year 24,000 mile limited warranty that came with.
So there’s the brief (as brief as we could be) history on the Hot Rod / Chevrolet / Nickey engagement for the 5th gen Camaros. Today, we have custom Hot Rod build #004 up for auction, believed to be the last 2014 Hot Rod build. This 1-owner 2014 Camaro started life as a normal 1SS Coupe with a 6.2L V8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. To that was added the RS package which included HID lights, LED lamps, and dual-mode performance exhaust. But why stop at 426HP when you can contract with Nickey Performance and add a Level 1 option for $21k more dollars? What does that get you? Another 50hp and this:
HOT ROD Badges & Emblems
HOT ROD Premium Floor Mats
HOT ROD Premium Car Cover
HOT ROD Logo Headrests
HOT ROD/Kooks Stainless Steel Headers
HOT ROD Short Throw Shifter
HOT ROD Valve Covers
HOT ROD Premium Leather Interior
HOT ROD Red Plug Wires
HOT ROD Spoiler
HOT ROD Vinyl Graphics
HOT ROD Sill Plates
Custom Performance Dyno Tune
Fast Intake Manifold
160 Degree Thermostat
4 Pack Gauges
Rear View Camera
Having only done a little over 10,000 miles since new, the seller reports the car has always been garaged throughout its life. According to the seller, the paint is flawless with the smallest of nicks (about 1mm) on the driver’s side door graphic. We couldn’t make it out in the pictures so we’ll just have to take the seller’s word for it. The paint shows as new in the full walk-around images, and the decals and badging are all as they should be. The quad-tip dual exhaust appears as new with no unusual sag. The panels show factory gap widths with no concerns, and no accidents reported.
The engine bay is very clean, the sound deadening material is without a flaw. The Hot Rod modified 6.2L V8 looks as new, and is completely unmodified from the Hot Rod build. The oil has been regularly changed and the CO2 detector was replaced.
The factory fitted 20″ wheels allow for the Brembo calipers to peak through, and none show signs of curb rash. Tires present with plenty of tread life left. The door sills and seals look perfect, and no issues can be seen with the HID lights, windows or markers.
Inside you are greeted with what appears as a new car. Immediately you see the Hot Rod leather embossed head rests, embossed door panels, embroidered floor mats, stamped door sills and the engraved 6-speed shifter reminiscent of a Hurst. The 4-pack gauges sit just in front tucked nicely away but in view for the driver to see oil temp, oil pressure, voltage, and engine temps. The factory perforated seats show no signs of wear as expected for only 10k miles on the clock. The indention seen in the rear seat was temporary and only there when the pictures were taken. The plastic, seals, gauges and knobs and switches all look as new. We did not see any scuff marks on the door cars/speaker covers indicative of ingress/egress wear.
As with many of the cars we feature, proper valuing is difficult given the rarity of examples going to market, compounded by the wide-range of examples and conditions you may find. This one is particularly hard given the age, or lack thereof, and relatively none have hit the recent market in the public space. Hot Rod build #005 just showed up at Mecum claiming to be the first 2015 Camaro Hot Rod build and bid to $75,000.
The seller is a current SEMA Board member, former Director of the SEMA Foundation, and if you have kept up with us, you know that we are partnering with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, which just happens to be a SEMA Cares charity. Partial proceeds from the sale of this car will go to fund research and family care provided by the Austin Hatcher foundation. The car does hold a small lien, but the seller actually holds proof of the title (in the state of NY this is how it works) and is willing to work with the potential buyer to make it a smooth process. Second Daily is also helping by facilitating payment from the buyer directly to the lien holder, whereby the title can then be processed in the buyer’s name and reduce any concerns without our help. These cars are highly limited in production, and with only 10k miles and 1-ownership, this is a rare find and opportunity.
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