Pair of 2014 Chevrolet Camaros Inspired by Linda Vaughn Head to Auction | Edmunds

Pair of 2014 Chevrolet Camaros Inspired by Linda Vaughn Head to Auction

Just the Facts:
  • A pair of 2014 "LV-1" Chevrolet Camaros will be auctioned off for charity by Barrett-Jackson in January.
  • The cars are named for Linda Vaughn, iconic media personality and longtime spokesperson for Hurst.
  • Created by performance legend Jack "Doc" Watson, the cars are the first in a series of 500 special-edition 2014 Camaro LV-1s that will be produced.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — A pair of 2014 "Linda Vaughn LV-1" Chevrolet Camaros, unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show, will be auctioned off for charity by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January.

The special Camaros were created by performance legend Jack "Doc" Watson as a tribute to "The First Lady of Racing," Linda Vaughn. They kick off a limited edition of only 500 that will celebrate 50 years of friendship between the two automotive icons.

The LV-1 Camaros, 400 coupes and 100 convertibles, will wear color schemes that harken back to Watson's best-known project, the first Hurst/Oldsmobile. Half of each body style will be painted white and gold, the rest black and gold. In addition to distinctive paint, all the cars will feature headrests embroidered with "LV-1" in honor of Vaughn's career as an automotive spokesperson and media personality.

A car fanatic from childhood, Vaughn began winning beauty contests in the early 1960s. In 1966 she was named "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter," which began a long association with Hurst Industries and led to other opportunities and much wider recognition as the sweetheart of auto enthusiasts from coast to coast.

In addition to countless appearances at races and car shows, she traveled to Vietnam to support the troops, did a spot on Hollywood Squares, starred in a series of commercials for performance outlet Gratiot Auto Supply and even appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds film Stroker Ace. Not just a spokesmodel, Vaughn learned the marketing and distribution end of the aftermarket business and attended driving school to earn her SCCA racing license.

Vaughn's longtime friend, Doc Watson, is best known for creating the first Hurst/Oldsmobile of 1968. Back then, GM corporate policy would not allow any small or intermediate-sized car, other than the Corvette, to be equipped with an engine larger than 400 cubic inches. But George Hurst, of shifter fame, owned a midsized Olds 442, already a performance version of the more sedate Cutlass, into which had been installed a 455-cubic-inch engine in place of the standard 400.

Watson, Hurst's performance expert, was a major force behind the hot rod, which included special paint and interior treatments, a Hurst shifter and a host of performance modifications to the engine. The result was a better handling and significantly faster 442, putting out 390 horsepower.

Late in the 1968 model year, when GM introduced a production version, the Oldsmobile Division got around corporate policy by shipping the cars to Demmer Engineering in Lansing, Michigan, for the necessary modifications. The Hurst/Olds 442 was a hit and kicked off a long and successful relationship between the two organizations.

Today the cars are highly collectible and routinely do well at auctions. The LV-1 special-edition Camaros, in addition to honoring the inimitable Linda Vaughn, also pay tribute to the memorable association she and Doc Watson each shared with Hurst Industries.

Edmunds says: If every fan who had a Linda Vaughn poster on his wall lines up to buy one of the 2014 Camaro LV-1 specials, 500 won't be nearly enough.

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