Sixty-nine was a killer yr for Camaro. The physique packed on a heap of muscle for the primary era automobile’s last outing, it was the final time you’d be capable to purchase a convertible mannequin for over 15 years, and Chevy scored the second of two back-to-back Trans Am titles.
The automobile it used to win that title was the Z28, a homologation particular powered by a excessive revving 302 cu-in. (5.0-liter) V8 created by cross pollinating a 327 V8 with a 283 to suit beneath the collection’ 305 cu-in. capability restrict. It was ludicrously underrated at simply 290 hp because it really made nearer to 400.
Very like a contemporary Porsche 911 Turbo will beat a GT3 in a straight line, there have been faster Camaros obtainable in 1969, particularly the big-block 396 (6.5-liter) variations, and the actually nutty 7-liter ZL1s and Yenkos. However simply because the GT3 is the motive force’s selection of the 911 line, so too was the Z28.
And if you happen to needed to attract an additional parallel, a Z28 with the optionally available RS package deal makes an excellent non secular ancestor to a contemporary road-biased, de-spoilered 911 GT3 Touring. The RS package deal with its hideaway headlights had been obtainable on each ’67 and ’68 Camaros, however it bought a particular new search for ’69 courtesy of a pair of semi-covered headlight doorways.
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The automobile pictured right here forward of its journey to Mecum’s January Kissimmee public sale was initially ordered in Hawaii. The unique purchaser opted to not get the cowl induction hood or rear spoiler typically seen on ’69 Z28s, or perhaps a heater, however he did tick the RS package deal, a Positraction rear differential, tinted glass and dressed-up Deluxe inside, plus that beautiful Le Mans Blue paint.
Effectively, not this actual paint. As is fairly apparent from its situation this Z28 has undergone a concours-quality nut and bolt resto and is sort of definitely in higher situation than it was the day it left the Van Nuys, California plant in January 1969. By the way, the Van Nuys manufacturing facility was a hive of exercise that yr. The ’69 Camaro’s new styling was a giant hit, and so was the Z28 package deal, which discovered over 20,000 consumers, virtually 3 times as many because it had achieved in 1968.
Mecum doesn’t checklist an estimate for this Z28, however based mostly on insurance coverage firm Hagerty’s valuation information any potential new proprietor goes to be taking a look at effectively over $100k to take this particular single-season Z28 house. Seems like an excellent funding to us.
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