• Verified original numbers matching engine
• Muncie M-20 four-speed transmission and BT coded rear end
• Exceptionally well-documented GM of Canada paperwork
• Restored to factory-original form
• Final-year example of the first-generation SCCA Trans Am legend
302 cid V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 290 HP, Muncie M-20 four-speed close-ratio manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 108”
By 1969, Chevrolet’s first-generation “F-Body” Camaro had truly come of age, with strong showroom sales driven by its handsome styling, huge option list, and brilliant racing success. Conceived and built with development spearheaded by Chevrolet’s Vince Piggins as the GM Division’s new SCCA Trans Am racing contender, the RPO Z/28 option package was quietly introduced for the Camaro in 1967 to homologate the car for racing. Careful refinements for 1968 and 1969 further enhanced the concept. At its heart, the Z/28 featured a high-winding and tough small-block V-8 engine, combining the basic dimensions of the 327 cylinder block and short-stroke 283 crank to yield 302 cubic inches – just under the SCCA-mandated displacement limit for Trans Am racing. Highly developed underpinnings and other race-bred tweaks maximized the Z/28’s factory-underrated 290-horsepower output.
All-out racing versions were most successfully campaigned by Penske Racing and piloted by star driver Mark Donohue to back-to-back SCCA Trans Am championships in 1968 and 1969 against the ferocious Bud Moore and Shelby-prepped Mustangs. Despite its road-racing intent, the Z/28 was also formidable on the dragstrip. According to a period Hot Rod magazine road test, the 1969 Z/28 was a solid 14-second car in stock trim with low-13s easily achieved with narrow slicks, lower rear-end gears (3.73:1 standard), open headers, and expert tuning. Gibb Chevrolet salesman Herb Fox was one of the first to drag-race the Z/28, with his famous “Little Hoss” ’67 car backed by Chevrolet and setting 14 world records over just one year in AHRA Top Stock. Dave Strickler’s famous Bill Jenkins-prepped “Old Reliable” Z/28 ran 11.70s in full-on Super Stock tune, going on to capture the 1968 NHRA Super Stock World Championship and confirming the vast potential of the Z/28’s small but mighty 302. For many, the 1969 Z/28 marks the ultimate evolution of the first-generation Camaro series with a thrilling driving experience and incomparable styling and race-bred engineering.
Sold new at Belmont Chevrolet Olds. Ltd. in Weston, Ontario, the beautiful Z/28 offered here is finished in its factory code 52 Garnet Red exterior with black standard interior. Showing just 5,500 miles on the odometer, this Z has lived an apparently charmed life. The ‘DZ’ 302 engine, Muncie M-20 four-speed transmission, and BT coded 3.55:1 rear end have all been inspected and verified as the original born with numbers matching units. Included with the sale is the inspection form performed by Tony Criscillis of Rat Pack Restorations on June 22, 2015 confirming the authenticity of this Z/28. Built in the fourth week of production in February of 1969, the report breaks down major component details such as the engine build date of February 21, 1969 as well as the February 11, 1969 build date for the Muncie M-20 transmission and February 21 dating on the 12 bolt rear end. Further documentation includes a highly desirable GM of Canada report listing the exact build specs when new. Some of the specified options include D80 front and rear spoilers, G80 Positraction, U15 Speed Warning indicator, U17 console with gauges, and of course Z28 denoting the special engine 302 package. As now offered, this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 presents extremely well. The restoration appears to have been very thorough and correct from the factory smog system to the correct replacement hoses and hose clamps. A trained eye will make note of the correctly finished brake booster and Z/28 specific master cylinder. According to the current owner, this gorgeous Z/28 performs flawlessly and is a true pleasure to drive.
With a highly successful racing heritage, the 1969 Camaro Z/28 has always been a desirable addition to any muscle car collection. With thorough documentation, verified and inspected original drivetrain, and a restoration that shows wonderfully, this Z/28 stands among the best offered today.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe