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Old 04-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Saw the ZL1 Convertible IN PERSON!

So, as some of you may know, I work for a Chevrolet dealer in West Palm Beach. This week is the Barrett-Jackson auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds down here, so GM shipped us like 30 cars to PDI and ship over for the show (Ride n Drive, display, etc). So this past Tuesday, we had to bring 15 of them out to the fairgrounds so they could start setting up the display. As I'm parking a Grand Sport that I got to drive over there, I notice a car carrier with a bunch of GM cars, so I get closer and I see this:

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Much to my dismay, they wouldn't unload it for me to see any closer. I was told it was VIN C9100001 and that it would be auctioned for charity being that it's the 1st ZL1 production convertible.

Long story longer, Thursday rolls around and I can't wait until 2:00 so I could head over for opening day at the auction. I walk in the front door and I see this:

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It's awesome. It's the same system as the 2013 Malibu (MyLink).

Then I noticed something extremely wierd. The last 8 of the VIN were BXXXXXXX. For those of you unfamiliar with VIN decoding, "B" signifies it's a 2011 model ("C" would be 2012, "D" would be 2013). Not that important, but odd because that infotainment system isn't supposed to be out until 2013.

Thought you all would enjoy.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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woah, very nice
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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Intersting photo thank you for posting! I did notice that the sterring wheel is with the suede option, along with the shifter knob. But the shifter boot is in leather and not suede interesting.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:40 PM   #5
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Yea, the boot was definitely leather. It works though...

Sitting in the thing was AMAZING. Transmission felt great. If any of you are in or around WPB, go down there and check it out.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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Do u think u will be able to purchase the nav unit as an OEM product and have it installed I the '12 ZL1
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #7
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It seemed like it would fit, but I haven't heard anything about retro-fitting or backwards compatibility yet. Technically, the MyLink is VERY different than any other Nav system GM has used for many reasons...
1. It wasn't made by Delphi
2. It supports Bluetooth streaming audio WAAAAAY better than prior attempts
3. Bluetooth integration and voice recognition is handled in the radio rather than through OnStar's system
With all that being said, I wouldn't bet that you would be able to put it in a 2012, but I've been wrong before...
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:10 PM   #8
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I am going to B-J tomorrow, are they allowing people to sit in the ZL1 vert?
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Where does the disc go in that head unit?
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
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Nice pics, thanks for posting!
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Where does the disc go in that head unit?
No disc capabilities
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Rick Hendrick is going to enjoy adding this bad boy to his collection!


Did you see if the top had any rub marks?
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Yep, buying one of the '13 verts.
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Rick Hendrick is going to enjoy adding this bad boy to his collection!


Did you see if the top had any rub marks?

Hope they fixed that problem by now. Oh and your vert looks amazing love
the IOM and the matching seats.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #15
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I'm going to trade my car in on one of those. Victory red with manual trans please.
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I am going to B-J tomorrow, are they allowing people to sit in the ZL1 vert?
Yep. It's wide open. If you need a ticket, I still have a couple.
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Where does the disc go in that head unit?
??? Like I said in the original post...it's wierd. The VIN clearly says it's a 2011 and that unit is not supposed to be available until 2013. Probably pre-pro. Maybe they added a disc changer somewhere. I don't think the general public is ready to give up CD's completely yet.
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Did you see if the top had any rub marks?
Didn't notice any, but honestly that was the last thing I was looking for.
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Mehhh, was never a fan of the verts.
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no disc charger??????? still the car looks great!
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Like alot of the factory charity cars at Barrett-Jackson this is probably either a mock-up or mule car that represents the actual production car that's yet to be built. Was the VIN actually BXXXXXXX including the x's? VINs ending in X means experimental and can't be licenced in most states.
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Fbodfather said no CDs if you have a touch screen.
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