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Same Family 52 Years! 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

My favorite year and favorite model of Chevrolet Camaro, a 1968 Z28, one of just 7,199 assembled that year. It could be considered a blue-chip collectible but the listing is so slim, that it hardly does it justice. There’s also no image or discussion around the interior – a big faux pas, I mean, after all, you drive a car from the inside, not the outside, right? Alright, no worries, let’s make the best of what’s here. This Z28 is located in Watertown, South Dakota and is available, here on craigslist for $67,500. Thanks to Pat L for this tip!

The listing goes into some devel of detail regarding what was originally a 290 gross HP, 302 CI V8 engine. What’s not stated is whether or not it’s the original motor, something that is fleeting with many first-gen Zs. Anyway, this one was rebuilt 5,000 miles ago and now has a .030″ overbore, 12.5:1 pistons (you’re going to need aviation or race gas),  a 140 cam, whatever that is, and 3″ exhaust cutouts. So, how’s it run? Not stated. though it will run on E85 which is available with octane rating between 105 and 108, a necessity with the squeeze this small block has.

I’m a bit of a purist, and the cowl-indiction hood, on this vintage Camaro, is just wrong – the hood, known as RPO ZL2, didn’t come about until 1969. And yes, it’s subjective on my part, people should do whatever they want, but I would have nixed that change. The color isn’t exactly typical Z28 fare but it really looks good! The seller adds, “Painted 15 years ago not show quality“. To which I say, good! If you have a car like this and want to actually enjoy it, by driving it, it’ll get boogered up by normal road rash, stone chips, bugs, etc. – who wants to worry about the paint job every time an outing strikes one’s fancy. As for body panel integrity, it all shows very well with no sign of corrosion or crash damage.

Originally purchased by the seller’s father in 1970, the seller states that he’s owned this Camaro since 1974 and now he’s ready to part with it. That has to be tough! Regardless, for this kind of coin, I’d want a lot more details and documentation to help with authenticity validation. Since It has been singularly owned for 48 years, there has to be a pretty good paper trail and there should be many more images, topside, inside, and bottom side, wouldn’t you agree?

Comments

  1. Dusty Rider

    “The 140 cam carries th GM p/n 3727140, solid lifter cam, offered for off-street use only.” Was used with the cross ram manifold.

    Jalopy Journal.

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  2. Claudio

    Looks like he knows what he has, because his price is where it should be

    Looks like he wants but doesn’t want to sell, so not too many pics
    Or he listed it to get the wife off his back ..

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  3. Dusty Rider

    It looks like it has two upper alternator brackets used in tandem, was that how they did the Zs?

    I like the color!

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    • Gary

      I looked up 68 Z engine compartment pictures and i did see the double bracket on a few pictures……..ive never seen that setup before this

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    • Dusty Rider

      I have seen several on the net with two brackets, this one is missing the deep groove pulley though.

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  4. Melton Mooney

    Love the car, but for Z/28 money you’d better nitpick. The hood, valve covers and the front spoiler are wrong for a ’68. It may have 8″ rims rather than 7s, which I think would be correct. The tailpipe doesn’t look like 2.5″ either as the seller states. I think z/28s in ’68 are pretty hard to verify without documentation or matching #s. You’d better have an expert look over this one if authenticity is your priority.

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  5. Haig L Haleblian

    Traction bars?

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  6. doug

    Should have 6 inch wheels, only used on ’67 and ’68 Z 28.

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  7. gbvette62

    As others have said, there are a lot of things on this car that aren’t correct, and as Melton Mooney pointed out, real 68’s are near impossible to identify. While the two adjusting brackets are correct for 67 and 68 Z/28’s, the valve covers, fuel line & headers are not.

    It’s a pretty car, and considering the changes made to it it’s probably priced about right……if it’s a real Z/28. Better pictures and some more information would be nice, and might help identify if it really is a Z.

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  8. Gary Tondorfdick

    Hi,
    I always learn from these articles. I miss my 1968 Camaro, white with black interior, with black rally stripe at hood, 250, Hurst 3 speed with Rally wheels.
    Gary

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