1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Five or seven years ago, a 1969 Z/28 Camaro like this unusual Garnet Red coupe might have sold for $35,000. Today, the nice ones are twice that much, with top cars crossing the six-figure barrier. Enthusiasts have finally caught on that going around corners is every bit as fun as going fast in a straight line. To answer your first question, this is a real Z/28 with a DZ-coded engine, and that's why you need to move quickly, because at this price it just won't last. You'd think that code 52 Garnet Red would have been more popular, but it's actually fairly rare, making this Z a better place to park some money than any banker's investment fund. The paint is probably 20-25 years old but still looks great wearing the traditional black racing stripes for which these cars are justifiably famous. Bodywork is quite good, with even gaps and panels that have been reworked to probably better-than-new condition, and despite being a party on wheels, the paint has been beautifully maintained and still looks quite nice. All the Z/28 badges are there and the cowl-induction hood is fully functional, not an add-on aftermarket piece. The bumpers and gill inserts on the quarters are nicely chromed, while the blackout grille is excellent. These are great-looking cars, and since this one isn't a trailer queen, it looks especially awesome going down the road. The cowl tag says this one originally had a code 718 medium red standard interior, but during the restoration it was changed to black and we certainly can't complain about that. Being a color change, you know that everything inside was new at the time, and despite the passage of time, it all remains in very good condition overall. A center console gauges is always a desirable option, and that chrome shift lever controls the slick-shifting Muncie 4-speed underneath. The 3-spoke steering wheel looks sporty, the appliques on the dash and console look great, while a correct AC speedometer and 6000-RPM tach remain front and center. The clock works, the original AM radio pulls in stations, and you'll feel right at home as soon as you climb in. Only the fuel gauge is a bit wonky, showing full and then barely moving, but the rest works like it should. In back, the beautifully finished trunk has been equipped with a correct mat, space-saver spare, and a correct jack assembly. The Z/28's calling card is, of course, the specially-built 302 cubic inch small block which loves to rev, yet delivers plenty of low-end torque. One of Chevy's more potent machines, it was grossly underrated at 290 horsepower, which was apparently a number GM marketers pulled out of thin air. Chevy Orange paint, correct finned valve covers, and the cowl induction system are all neatly finished. It's been driven and you can see that it has been properly maintained, as there are recent hoses and belts, along with a shiny set of long-tube headers. We believe that this is the original, matching-numbers DZ block and with a correct DZ Holley carburetor and distributor, it certainly runs like a Z/28 should. Out back, the heavy-duty 12-bolt is full of 3.73 gears on a limited-slip, so it hooks up fast and charges hard. Wearing bright red paint, the floors are rust-free and solid, much of the hardware is recent, including the exhaust system with correct transverse muffler. Four Rally wheels wear 215/70/15 BGF radials that give it just the right performance look. Don't miss this opportunity to own a genuine X-33 Z/28 with an awesome look that's 100% usable. At this price, you can't go wrong and it'll seem like a bargain in just a few years. Call today!