It’s only fitting that the man who put the pedal to the metal of America’s pastime for much of the 1970s loved to ride around in a wide variety of American metal monsters of the era. In fact, before a fire destroyed about 30 of Reggie Jackson’s beloved four-wheel stable on August 4, 1988, he owned nearly 100 mint-condition muscle cars (mostly Chevrolet, but also some Mopars and Fords). Jackson began his car collection in 1971 when he bought a 1940 Chevrolet for $300 and a color television set.
“Mr. October” Reggie Jackson recently provided us with a rare glimpse
into his personal car collection when he placed his one-of-a-kind 1969 Chevrolet ZL1 COPO Camaro on sale in the Aug. 14 auction at the Mecum
Auction in Monterey, CA.
to the auction house: As number 51 in the production sequence of 69
cars, the ZL1 Camaro was originally purchased by Chevrolet racer and
engine building legend Lamar Walden, whose connection to it remains
close to this day. The car remains as originally equipped with an M21
4-Speed, power disc brakes, spoilers, rally wheels, soft ray tinted
glass, sport steering wheel and the original ZL1 engine...and it’s the
only one of the original 69 that carried around a World Series MVP award
in its trunk!
Like Reggie, other members of the 500 Home Run
Club enjoyed a love affair with chrome plating, plush leather and
powerful engines. For instance: Ken Griffey Jr. loves Porsches so much
he bought into a dealership, and The “Sultan of Swat” Babe Ruth loved
burning rubber almost as much as burning opposing pitchers. For a rare
glimpse of the favorite makes, models and accessories enjoyed by our
club’s exclusive membership over the years, check out: