It's no secret that early production vehicles are hot investments. I recall when I was building C5 Corvettes that we were offered some astounding sum of money for our serial #007 1997 Corvette (the seventh one off the assembly line), but instead we cut it up and went racing with it. One of the larger Corvette dealers paid well into six-figures for serial #002, which was the first production C5 released to the public. And more recently, someone paid $400,000 for the first 2008 Dodge Challenger off the line, so there's definitely significant value in having the earliest production cars.
With that in mind, allow me to present this 2010 Camaro SS, a PRE-PRODUCTION unit carrying an A90xxxxx VIN, which pre-dates the A91xxxxx VINs assigned to regular production vehicles. It was built on March 9, 2009, six days BEFORE regular production of 2010 Camaros started on March 15, 2009. It still carries its original manufacturer's certificate of origin (COV or MSO) issued to Penske Chevrolet in Indianapolis, Indiana. Better still, it was #5 of 25 identically-prepared Camaro SS promotional cars used at the 2009 Indianapolis 500, and of those 25, it is one of four used for the 2009 Brickyard 400. This car was assigned to Katherine George, sister of Indianapolis Speedway owner Tony George, which is why it has such low mileage. All the original paperwork is in order, including an affidavit transferring ownership of this vehicle from General Motors to Penske Chevrolet.
For all intents and purposes, this is a fully loaded 2010 Camaro SS, packing a 6.2 liter V8, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 3.27 rear axle, along with an extensive list of options (these are the highlights from the General Motors Vehicle Inquiry System (GMVIS) printout, since pre-production cars did not come with window stickers):
AP9 Cargo net
AE4 Front sport bucket seats
AG5 Front passenger seat with power recliner
AMM 6-way power driver's seat with power recliner
ATG Remote keyless entry
AY0 Side impact airbags
A67 Air conditioning
B34 Front floor mats
BTV Remote start system
DBX Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
DD1 Outside heated power-adjustable/auto-dimming mirrors
D80 Rear spoiler
EAL Leather front seat trim
FE3 Performance suspension
GAN Silver ice metallic paint
GW6 3.27 rear axle
G80 Limited slip differential
KA1 Heated front seats
JL9 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
MX0 6-speed automatic transmission
L99 6.2L engine
NZL Steering wheel controls
N34 Leather-wrapped steering wheel
N41 Power steering
Q00 255/45/20 front and 275/40/20 rear summer performance tires
Q9J Polished aluminum 20-inch wheels
T3U Fog lamps
T80 Automatic on/off headlight system
UG1 Universal home remote
UJ6 Tire pressure monitoring system
UPF Bluetooth connectivity
UQA Boston Acoustics 9-speaker audio system
USR USB port
UYI AM/FM stereo, CD-ROM, music navigation system
U2K XM satellite radio
WZI Steering wheel transmission controls
VY7 Leather wrapped shifter knob
Having been driven just 839 miles, this car is in virtually showroom new condition throughout. The Silver Ice Metallic paint is just as the factory applied it, and includes the factory SS badges and decals. As a pre-production car, it's likely nicer than some of the later cars in terms of build quality, since they were taking their time and refining the system as they went, so the workers on the line actually had time to consider their jobs and figure out the best way to do them. It's unlikely that this car has ever seen rain or inclement weather, and has been polished and shined regularly because of its status as a show vehicle at a large media event.
You've probably also noticed the custom graphics package that has been installed on this car as part of the 2009 Brickyard 400 event, including “Indianapolis Motor Speedway” decals on the rear bumper. The car comes with two complete sets of decals for both the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400. Replacement decals are not available to the public and the owner must verify the authenticity of the car before decals can be purchased. Of course, the decals make this car unique, so you have two aspects of history that increase this Camaro's value: pre-production status and its function as a promotional vehicle at two historical events.
The engine compartment is exactly as it was when it left the factory, and I'm pleased that GM continues to dress up their engine bays. They know that car guys like to look at an engine as much as feel how it works, so there's a trick cover over the LS3 small block in this Camaro, protecting the individual coils for each cylinder, and giving the entire engine a very high-tech look. Service items are well-marked throughout, and everything is highly detailed, but not glossy like someone hosed it down with Armor-All or something.
The suspension is 100% stock, from the shocks to the tires, and it is all in immaculate condition. This car is NOT a pace car, so it was never used at high speeds on a track, and never abused or driven hard as part of a race function. The original tires, which are giant 20-inch Pirelli P-Zeros, are just a few tire-quills away from being brand new - they've never been roasted or tortured in a high-g corner. Look behind the gorgeous polished aluminum wheels and you'll find massive disc brakes at all four corners, with calipers by Brembo.
Inside, this car is just as nice, and I have to believe that nobody has ever been seated in the passenger's seat, and definitely never in the back seat. More often than not, these cars were just used as static displays, and if they were driven, they were only used in official capacities or loaned to VIPs during the race weekend. With only 839 miles on the odometer, this car just hasn't been driven often enough for any appreciable wear to take place on any interior surface. The black leather seats are in showroom condition - there are no creases or scuffs that weren't there when the cow was wearing them. The black leather seats feature silver stitching to mimic the silver pleating that was present on the early Camaro buckets, and it helps break up that ocean of black and ties in nicely with the silver-accented steering wheel and center console. The steering wheel features more leather with silver stitching, as does the matching shifter knob. The steering wheel also features toggles for manually shifting the 6-speed automatic transmission, as well as controls for the radio. I really dig the SS console gauges, which are a direct throwback to the early Camaros - maybe they're not as easy to read as gauges in the dash might be, but they sure look trick down there below the hovering radio and HVAC controls. When powered-up, the gauges have a cool blue electroluminescent glow to them, including the driver information display between the giant tach and speedometer. When this car came in, it was the first time I had ever personally sat in a new Camaro, and I have to say, I REALLY liked it. This is a car I would own myself.
As I said before, considering that this is a pre-production car, documentation is very good. In addition to the MSO and the GMVIS print-outs, we have photographs of this car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Brickyard 400 with its three sister cars (whose locations are presently unknown, making this potentially the only pre-production Camaro available to the public). We also have the original Authorization for use of Civic Event License Plate issued by the State of Indiana, which allows this car to be used at the Brickyard 400 in lieu of a standard Indiana rear license plate, and it was good from April 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009. Too cool!
Investment? Probably a good one here. Early production cars are clearly red-hot properties, and nothing is earlier than a pre-production car. Typically these are not released to the public and most return to the factory to be destroyed. Somehow this one escaped that fate and is now available. In the future, when you go to a show and hear a guy bragging about his low serial number 2010 Camaro, you can calmly point to your number that is a FULL 100,000 numbers LOWER! Rick Hendrick at Hendrick Motorsports purchased the official 001 and 002 Camaros, so they are definitely off the market. Again, this is your opportunity to own something nobody else does, with documentation to prove it. And if you're a NASCAR or IRL fan, you've undoubtedly seen this car and its sisters on TV and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway doing its job. With two historical markers in its life, this Camaro has all the hallmarks of an investment-grade car - certainly more than any garden-variety Camaro ever will. Pick it up today and see what the future holds. If nothing else, you're getting a car that's a blast to drive and will turn heads everywhere you go. Call today!
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