Would You Buy This Ultra-Crispy 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1?

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Photo: iaai
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Numerous salvage companies looking to profit from all kinds of beaten-up rides often list controversial wreckages or parts from vehicles involved in fatal accidents for sale.
We recently covered a 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo S involved in a double fatality two years ago, whose components were listed for grabs online. More recently, we stumbled upon another wreckage, and this one will be auctioned off as a whole on May 23 at 11:30 AM CDT (5:30 PM CET).

What you see is what you get, namely, a completely burned 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The flames ate the entire car, leaving it almost unrecognizable. From the looks of it, no component is worthy of being brought back to life, as the flames rendered this once ultra-hot muscle car useless.

It has a non-repairable title in California, the ad reveals as if someone would be crazy enough to invest a lot of money and countless hours in such a project. We can see some damage on it that might have been the result of a crash. Either that or due to storage, yet due to its overall condition, it's impossible to say if it was involved in an accident.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Photo: iaai
This muscle car is located in High Desert, CA, and usually, we'd recommend checking it out in person if you plan on buying it, preferably accompanied by a trusty mechanic. However, since it's not worth saving, we're seriously wondering why anyone would pay anything for it. Then again, we've seen far worse-looking wreckages change hands over the years, so this one may have no trouble selling.

That's despite having a completely destroyed engine that made it a dream ride back when it still had paint on its body. It is a 6.2-liter V8 with supercharging that was good for 650 horsepower (659 ps/485 kW) and 650 pound-foot (881 Nm) of torque. That may have been a bit less than the era's Dodge Hellcats and the mighty S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but it was plenty for the occasional fun at the local drag strip or racetrack.

The vehicle in question is in the possession of iaai. The automotive hall of fame advertises it on its website here, revealing nothing of what led to the fire. That said, you know what to do if you were looking to buy a completely destroyed, relatively modern muscle car with a punchy V8 under the hood. We'd recommend turning the motor into a table, whereas other components could decorate your garage walls – if you can get this 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for cheap, that is.

So, would you ever buy a completely burned vehicle? And if the answer is yes, then what would you do with it, given that it would be (almost) impossible to resurrect it?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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