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CAMARO ZL1 CONVERTIBLE AUCTIONS FOR $150,000 TO BENEFIT WOUNDED VETERANS

Every year Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale, Arizona auction, with its wide-ranging selection of classic-, muscle- and sports-cars, establishes market trends for the collector-car hobby. The 2013 event, held Tuesday, January 15 through Sunday, January 20, was watched by millions on SPEED TV.

Among the most-watched highlights every year are the Barrett-Jackson charity auctions, which spotlight exciting cars and raise millions of dollars for great causes.

First Camaro ZL1 Convertible Earns $150,000 For Wounded Vets

This year, during Sunday prime time, a brand-new, Rally Yellow 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible, the third car off the line and first offered to the public, was donated by Chevrolet to benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

With performance-car enthusiasts paying close attention, bidding soared to $150,000 before the hammer dropped on this ultimate 5th generation Camaro. All proceeds for the sale will be used by the Achilles Freedom Team to assist with marathon entry fees/team travel costs and hand-cycle purchases/maintenance for rehabilitation and competition.

Two distinguished veterans, Gunnery Sgt. John Hayes, US Marines, double leg amputee and Sgt. Travis Wood, US Army National Guard, single-leg amputee, attended the event and represented athletes from the Achilles Freedom Team.

About the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans

In 1976, Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, became the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. In 1983, seeking to provide the same life-changing experience and sense of achievement to other people with disabilities, Traum created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.

In 2004, Achilles launched the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The program helps wounded veterans of all services overcome their injuries though athletics, including marathons. Since 2004, Achilles has sponsored over 1500 wounded veterans to do races across the country and around the world.

Since 2010, Chevrolet has underwritten a portion of Achilles costs for participating in the Los Angeles, Boston, and Detroit Marathons-as well as other events. Chevrolet has also donated a Silverado HD truck, 30 handcycles, and all proceeds from the auction of the Micky-Harris original, airbrushed Military Tribute Camaro in the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Auction.

About the 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Its bloodlines trace back to the 69 legendary original-production 1969 Camaro ZL1. But make no mistake, the 2013 ZL1 is a legend in its own right. Powered by an all-aluminum 6.2L supercharged V8 engine, ZL1 packs the one-two punch of 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. The coupe was introduced in 2012 and makes its debut at the Barrett-Jackson auction as the third 2013 Camaro ZL1 produced for the model year, but the first convertible off the line. It was Al Oppenheiser's (Camaro's Chief Engineer’s) assigned company car.