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The ORIGINAL Fred Gibb ZL-1 Camaro..!

What some have referred to as the 'Holy Grail' of Camaros..!

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Stock #: 50842
Release Date: July 2011
Released By: Performance Years Enterprises
Issued: 200
Specs: Fred Gibb Original #1 ZL-1
Color: Dusk Blue

The ORIGINAL Fred Gibb ZL-1 Camaro..!


Serial Number 1, ZL-1…started its life as a Dusk Blue Camaro.

Then this Camaro was loaded onto a trailer to be transformed into one of the most infamous & beautiful AHRA Super Stock drag Camaros in history.

What some have referred to as the “Holy Grail” of Camaros..!

Performance Years Enterprises is proud to announce the future release of the Original Fred Gibb ZL-1 Camaro..! Serial Number 1 of the ZL-1’S.

We have been working with the Fred Gibb family to bring this project to reality.

This will be a LIMITED EDITION of ONLY 200 CARS..! Please pre-order early.

Fred Gibb was a Chevrolet dealer in LaHarpe, Illinois from 1948 until 1984. In the Super Car/Racing circles he is best remembered as the father of the 1969 ZL-1 Camaro. It was ultimately the 1969 Camaro ZL-1 which ensured Fred Gibb’s lasting mark on muscle car history. Without him, the world would never have had the infamous ZL-1 Camaro.

His close friendship with Vince Piggins of Chevrolet provided Fred Gibb the necessary avenue to have his concept of the ultimate Camaro race car come to fruition. This project included Chevrolet’s ultimate big block of the day, an all aluminum 427 ci engine. This engine was coded as ZL-1.

The first two Dusk Blue ZL-1 Camaros (#1 & #2) were delivered to Gibb Chevrolet December 31st, 1968. It was so cold that the cars wouldn’t start and Fred had to pull the cars off of the transporter with the dealership tow truck. They were exactly as specified. 48 more ZL-1s were delivered in March of 1969.

This Dusk Blue ZL-1 Camaro was race prepared by Dick Harrell and then sent to the paint booth to have one of the coolest paint & lace jobs ever applied to a race car of its time. Dick made the first pass down the Phoenix International Raceway Winternationals just a few weeks later. Herb Fox took on the job of piloting the Gibb ZL-1 and then Ray Sullins spent most of the time in the driver’s seat.

Gibb was involved in racing from 1967 through 1971. Earning numerous race wins, Class Championships, setting World Records and an AHRA World Class Chanpionship helped Gibb establish a reputation as a major Hi-Performance Chevy dealership.

Fred Gibb & Dick Harrell

Fast Forward 40 years and the Fred Gibb Chevy II Novas, race cars, conversion cars, as well as any of the original ZL-1 Camaros are some of the most significant and sought after collectable Chevrolets of all times. The best ZL-1’s still command more than $1,000,000 in the market place.

These photos are of an early prototype, corrections & features will change slightly from this sample. Windshield wipers will be added the wheels will be painted correctly blue, the tail light panel will be painted blue along with some other decal placement and paint detailing corrected. These cars will come in a CUSTOM window box..! The car will have opening hood, doors & trunk, with all of the cool details that Hwy 61 always packs into their cars.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at: 507-437-3663 or email us at:


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Nostalgic photos courtesy of the Fred Gibb Family Albums.