1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Real Deal?

1969 Camaro Z28

Who wouldn’t love to own a Z/28? They looked the part with their duck tail spoiler and racing stripes, but it was what was under the skin that counted. The 302 V8 in the engine bay was the byproduct of Trans Am racing so it was basically a race engine for the street. The factory may have rated it at 290 horsepower, but we all know that this high-compression screamer put out much more than that! Attach it to a close ratio 4-speed and you could really scoot. The only problem is that there weren’t many made so quite a few people have attempted to build their own over the years. You can’t blame them, but that means that you need to be careful when purchasing any car that is touted as a real Z/28. This project is a good example of that. All the signs are there, but the engine numbers don’t match up. That would make me very nervous, but you can take a look at the eBay listing here and decide for yourself. Here’s a nice write-up that may help you with your detective work.

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Comments

  1. eric

    The stripes down the tail panel don’t give it away?

    • MikeG

      It just COULD be a bad repaint on an actual Z/28, but probably not.

  2. sunbeamdon

    Cayeat Emptor! – Eric looks to be right; lack of verifiable motor number seems to confirm a wanna-be, but there sure is a plethora of correct age related parts. There’s an old on-line drag-racing video clip – makes ones’ heart beat a little faster

  3. JW

    With out the correct motor you will not recoup your investment to a collector, Now if you like me if I could get it cheap enough I would do what work needs done then show it as a Z/28 non numbers matching, being honest while having a cool car. I had a beautiful 67 GTO clone made out of a Lemans with the correct taillight panel and any other GTO specific parts, you couldn’t tell the difference but at shows I entered it as a GTO clone. You would not believe the response I would get and a few trophies in the modified class. A guy and his girlfriend came up and offered to buy it for a small profit for me and it was sold. Being honest pays IMO.

  4. CharlesW

    Hello. I had an original numbers matching 1968 Blue/White Z/28 that was basically “Stolen” from me by my ex-monster wife back in the 80’s. I did paint the white stripes down the front and back to make it look like the Trans Am Camaro’s of the era. I liked the look. I still have in my possession the original protect-o-plate and build sheet to the car. How much would these items be worth to the person who owns the car now? I also have the original manifold and 4150 carb to the car. What are they worth?

    • Alex K

      Post the VIN from the protecto plate & the Camaro guys can post the info on the boards.

    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      If I had one and someone offered me what you have, I would hit the roof with joy!
      Plug in the VIN here and see what happens: http://www.1968z28.com/form.html

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