Looking at the collector car market over the past several years, it's obvious that there are few safer places to park some cash than in a 1969 Camaro of any kind. And should you indeed decide to choose arguably the greatest muscle car of all time, the Z/28s are the cream of the crop. They've skyrocketed in value of late, and their desirability is about as guaranteed as death and taxes (albeit a lot more fun than both of those things). This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has really impressed us, .....
more so than any other Z/28 on the market. It has enough numbers matching components that we need a spreadsheet to keep them organized " including the original 302 DZ V8/Muncie M21 4-speed " and features a show-stopping restoration that was completed to meticulous standards. It's one of the few Z/28s on the planet with verified ownership history back to new and believed actual miles. If you're looking for the best-of-the-best, then you've likely just found it.
This beautifully restored Z/28 was finished in its original Code 65 Olympic Gold with black stripes back in 2009, and it looks like a million bucks today. The comprehensive restoration returned a solid original car to better-than-new condition in every way, with outstanding gaps and paint that would make a GM designer in 1969 weak in the knees. The restorer took no liberties, and everything is as it was when the car was delivered new, including the quarter panel trim, bright bumpers with oversized optional bumper guards, and the traditional ducktail spoiler out back. The cowl induction hood is a steel piece that remains fully functional, feeding the high-winding 302 a steady diet of cool, clean air from the base of the windshield, and the chin spoiler does it's best to keep the car planted when it's revving up high and looking for Mustangs to eat. The painted-on black stripes follow the correct Z/28 pattern, narrow at the front and wider at the rear so that they appear parallel when viewed from the front. All the chrome and stainless is fresh, and it wears correct badges in all the right places. It's worth noting that all the sheetmetal is original save the decklid and trunk pan, although every bit of sheetmetal that was replaced was either original Detroit steel or NOS " just like every part that needed to be replaced. You simply don't see that dedication to a rebuild that often, but when the restorers decided to build this beauty to Jerry MacNeish's standards (if you don't know who that is, look him up, there is no greater Camaro authority in the world), they spared no expense and took all the time they needed to get everything just right. Is it perfect? No, nothing in the world is, and nothing in 1969 was. But if you can find a nicer Camaro with a better pedigree, buy it, because that might just be the only perfect thing on God's green Earth. Otherwise, this is about as close it gets.
The code 712 Black Custom bucket seat interior is anything but basic, and the gold-on-black combination is perfect for a Z/28 that a grown-up wants to own. Fresh ComfortWeave seat covers, including the federally-mandated headrests, were installed when the car was restored, but without a lot of miles since it was completed, everything is still very fresh inside. This car isn't loaded with options " most of these weren't when they were knew " but you do get a lovely woodgrained steering wheel mounted atop a factory tilt column, an original AM/FM radio that amazingly still works, a heater/defrost unit, and seatbelts fore and aft. But that's about it for interior options, in fact even the usual center console was specifically chosen to be deleted from the regular options list " an obvious sign that the original owner wanted to shed weight and GO FAST. A full slate of original gauges look as crisp and clear as can be ahead of the driver, including a correct AC tach with a 6000 RPM redline that's itching to be reached. There have been no deviations from stock in this high-point F-body, so that means the doorpanels, the dash pad, the headliner, the carpets, and even the 8-ball topped Hurst shifter look and feel just like back when you (or your parents) were in high school. In back, the spotless trunk offers correct spatter-finish paint and includes a reproduction mat and the original spare tire assembly with jack.
The Z/28's legendary DZ-code 302 cubic inch V8 was created by stuffing a 283 crank inside a 327 block, and the over-square design means the Z love to rev. Some of GM's best-flowing heads were installed up top to feed the snarling small block, and an oversized Holley carburetor makes sure it doesn't starve. To push things a bit more toward this century, the block was rebuilt to original specs, bored .030 over, balanced, and equipped with non-hardened valve seats to handle the 110 octane that's flowed through ever since. Everything under the hood (and everywhere else) is either original, NOS, or period-perfect with date codes, so rather than turn this into a long list, feel free to call us and we'll give you every casting you need. Expertly detailed for show, the engine bay shows Chevy Orange paint on the block, proper finned aluminum valve covers, and correct hoses and clamps throughout. Even the original exhaust manifolds were retained, so they look just like they would have moments after rolling off the transporter. All Z/28s were 4-speeds and this one has a rugged 12-bolt out back with upgraded 4.11s inside, as well as a correct transverse exhaust system that highlights the spotless undercarriage. Finishing the exacting look, original Rallys wear E70-15 Firestones all-around.
Documented with pretty much everything under the sun, this is the quintessential Z/28 collector's piece. It previously scored 872 at the Chevrolet National's in Carlisle, PA. After some additional upgrades by the current owner, he believes the car would score much higher into the high 900's. Call today!