Plastic Wrapped: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

The owner of this 1969 Camaro Z28 claims that it is an original survivor that still wears its original paint. It spent 30-years in storage, wrapped in plastic. It is now up and running again, and is ready to head to a new home. Barn Finder Patrick spotted the Camaro for us, so thank you so much for that Patrick. The Camaro is located in Bossier City, Louisiana, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding for the Camaro has currently reached $50,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

Finished in Cortez Silver, the Camaro is an attractive looking car. It is showing some of the signs of age, which is fully understandable for an original car that is 50-years-old. There are the first signs of minor rust appearing around the bottom of the rear window on the driver’s side, and some really minor corrosion at the bottom of the A-Pillar on the same side, but the rest of the car looks to be quite solid. There are also a couple of minor dings visible, but there is nothing major that will require immediate attention. To be honest, I really expected there to be more rust than what is visible. The owner claims that the car spent around 30 years stored away wrapped in plastic, and this can have the tendency to make a car “sweat.” This can often result in rust really taking hold, or for the paint to deteriorate badly. The Camaro has managed to avoid both of these problems, which is a real bonus.

There is no other way to say this. The interior of the Z28 is both original, and spotless. Apart from some really minor stretching of the upholstery on the driver’s seat, all of the trim is in first-rate condition. The new owner certainly won’t need to spend any real time or money on this area of the car.

Being a Z28, under the hood you find the 302ci engine and 4-speed Muncie transmission. This is a full numbers-matching car. As far as the owner is aware, the only non-original items are the battery and alternator. After its 30-year slumber, the owner was very careful to ensure that everything was checked properly before he lit the blue touch-paper and kicked the engine back into life. He says that the car now runs like a champ. He also recently decided to fit a new set of the correct tires to the Camaro. It really looks like there is now nothing left to do on the mechanical front with the car either.

We’ve seen a couple of nice original Camaro Z28s come across the desks here at Barn Finds in recent times. They are becoming a less common occurrence, but it is almost certain that there are still a few out there to be found. The thing that impresses me about this particular car is how well it survived three decades wrapped in plastic. I’m sure that there will be plenty of readers who will suggest that the car would benefit from a repaint, while just as many will argue that it should be left largely untouched. Personally, I’d probably look at finding a way to address the few minor rust spots that are present and leave the rest of it alone. That is purely a personal opinion, and yours might be completely different. If it is, then I respect that.

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Comments

  1. dirtyharry

    I love the Z28, it is a great car. My boss at the station had one and we all lusted over it. As much as I like it, these current prices just tell me to get a new Camaro ZL1, which will obviously run circles around grandpa (above) now awake from it’s slumber. The ZL1 can do 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and more than 1G in the twisties. Yes, I know it is comparing apples and oranges, but the ZL1 will likely be less. Someone will pay big for this car and it will likely just go back to sleep.

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    • Patrick S Newport Pagnell Staff

      2015 Z/28 w/800 miles on Ebay for $52k obo. These stickered @$75k. Nice car.

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    • Frank Sumatra

      Agree 100% only I apply that logic to Corvettes. Buy new or a couple of years old, drive it anywhere, anytime, and if you break it there are 7000 Chevy dealers waiting for you.

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  2. Patrick S newport pagnell Staff

    Buy what you like and can afford. I will say this, a new car is a depreciating asset. While the value of this era Z’s has held pretty steady. Now if you like to drive ’em instead of look at ’em get a newer SS or Zl1 or a 2015 Z/28. I’m looking at ’03-04 Corvette Z06 as I feel they’re at the bottom of the curve(cost vs performance) value.($20k-25k) 405hp 0-60 around 4.0 sec and almost 1.0g on the skidpad.

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    • 36 Packard

      Here is an idea, if you have the money to buy a car like this, and you insist you are in it for the car, not the investment or the status….how about building a new 1969 with a new shell? Cost about what this one will, but everything will be brand new and you can put modern engineering into it so even though it has the style of a 1969, it will be more like a new car in every other way…plus you can drive it and not worry about losing a potential investment. That is the best of both worlds.

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      • Ron Bajorek

        you won’t build what you are saying for $55K, and it’ll take you at least 3 years

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      • Paul

        Building a new 69 Z28 will cost you 7 figures and not be worth as much as you spend. Plus it will not be a real Z28 and drop in value.

      • Raymond Hurst Member

        I’m not being smart, but that would be a kit car, not a real Chevrolet. You could resto mod a real 69 and at least you could say you have a 69 Camaro.

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  3. Matt steele

    It’s a beautiful car..who ever buys it does so because they have fair amt of money..its not going to be me.

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  4. cold340t

    What ….No 2 x 4barrel carbs? Nice but, not top of the heap. I would have to drive this if I could afford it. Very pretty color.

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  5. Tom Member

    Listing ended? was there a BIN of $70K?

    Great car. FINALLY….., someone stored something CORRECTLY and did not put away A GREEN one.

    Looked like a sharp dent in the LF header panel? I missed the photos on ebay.

    Like 3
    • Patrick S Newport Pagnell Staff

      Click on the “Ended” Photo in the ebay ad. They’ll come up.

    • TimS Member

      Some people like, want and seek out cars that are not gray, silver, black or white.

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  6. rude dude

    Early build, no cowl hood. Id love to have the original air cleaner base back in with the rubber seal.

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  7. ccrvtt

    I agree with all the economic arguments above regarding bang for your buck vs. a newer Camaro.

    That being said, anyone who says they don’t want this car is just freaking nuts.

    Like 9
  8. TimM

    Another $80,000 reserve car on barn find???

  9. Rude dude

    Are you kidding? Cortez silver with black stripes is the most affluent and toughest color Camaro ever offered even over tuxedo black! 2nd would be hugger orange and black strips!

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  10. Angrymike

    As a young man (15) I helped a guy build his 69 Z that he bought new, it was fun. Little did I realize that putting in a Dana and tubbing the rear, adding a auto and a 427 was a bad idea. He never would tell me what he got for it when he sold it in about 2005, but I’m guessing he didn’t get the money an original one owner 69 Z/28 in Orange with white stripes and a black int would be worth. It’s so sad when I think about what I helped him do !

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  11. mike

    Different strokes. You cant compare this car to a 15 ss. this will turn more heads also.

    Like 4
  12. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Ended: Jun 18, 2019 , 12:09PM
    Starting bid:US $50,000.00
    Reserve not met
    [ 0 bids ]
    Price:US $70,000.00

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  13. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    I was a little tempted to buy one in 69. But having a young family, I bought a Nova instead. They had the Z on the showroom floor at Brooks Biddle In Bothel, Washington where I bought my Nova. It was fairly stripped down, no power steering, no power brakes, no ralley sport wheels, no back seat. The selling point was the 302 4 speed. The salesman really wanted me to buy that car, saying it was a factory built street legal race car. The Nova had everything I wanted including a back seat. 396 V8 4 speed, p/steering and brakes. Forest green black vinyl top ralley sport wheels. All for $2700.00 out the door.
    Now the Z has gone astronomical in price while the Nova has increased in much smaller increments. Still at the time the Nova was best for me.
    God bless America

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  14. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sometimes, storing cars in plastic is not a good idea.
    Just ask Ms. Belvedere.

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    • Brian

      That was the one they buried in Tulsa 60 years ago, right?

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      • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

        Yes it was. Came out full of water and mud.

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      • John B

        I think that ’57 was in a concrete vault, which leaked.

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  15. George mattar

    Nice car. Good to see some hillbilly did not trash the smog pump. I love silver. I have a silver 73 Corvette. Hardly shows dirt or scratches. A ton of money though. I remember walking around Carlisle 40 years ago. A perfect 69 Z could be had for about $6,500. And nobody was switching VIN tags then.

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  16. 433jeff

    Great car, i had a 69 with 427 t400 12 bolt , solid car paid 3500, I understand the new car will run circles around the old ones, its not the same for me, i was on the highway yesterday and saw a new challenger white, then an identical white challenger came up behind it, nice cars great cars. But nowhere as exciting as the 64-74 or 68-70 cars, not close.

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  17. Troy s

    Love that silver/black color on these, one the other day here being sold in a collection of Camaros was silver with black stripes and it dawned on me that I hadn’t seen one like that in years. Now this one. Believe me, the guy in the new super Camaro will not get a second look if this was anywhere near him. The new ones are mind boggling fast and they do look good, sound pretty gnarly too, but they’re playing off a style that’s fifty years old now. Same with Challenger, Mustang as well. Kinda like reviving Woodstock with all new bands…it’s already been done before, it’s just not the same.

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  18. Steve Wilbur

    The writer states, “To be honest, I really expected there to be more rust than what is visible.” The key word here is “visible”. I purchased a “restored 69 SS Camaro and what was visible was beautiful. It wasn’t until I pulled the engine and tranny to install a 5 speed that I found rotted tulip panels. This lead me to dig deeper and I found rusted floors and much more, all of which was not visible until the car was disassembled.

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  19. TimM

    Steve I’m in your corner!! A similar thing happened to me at 17 years old!! That’s when I decided to start doing my own restorations!! There’s a lot of people doing cob job work and what you end up with is lipstick on a pig!! I’m 55 now and I really don’t know how many I’ve done!! I’ve never had someone come back and say I screwed them and that’s because I build them for me!!!

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