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By 1969, Chevrolet’s Camaro was no longer playing catch-up to Ford’s Mustang, with strong showroom sales driven in no small part by the sporty Chevy’s brilliant racing success. Conceived and built with development spearheaded by Vince Piggins as Chevrolet’s SCCA Trans-Am contender, the Z/28 option was quietly introduced for 1967 and carefully refined through 1968 and 1969. All-out racing versions were most successfully campaigned by Penske Racing and piloted by Mark Donohue, winning back-to-back SCCA Trans-Am Championships in 1968 and 1969 against ferocious competition from the Bud Moore and Shelby-prepared Mustangs.
However, the first-generation Z/28’s 302 engine lacked low-end grunt, making it impossible for Chevy to offer the car with an automatic transmission for the street. A significant change in the SCCA’s Trans-Am rules brought big benefits for street-performance fans with the move to allow larger-displacement street versions of each manufacturer’s racing cars to be reduced in displacement to a 5.0-liter or 305 cubic-inch limit for the track. Accordingly, Chevrolet developed the hot LT-1 engine for the next-generation F-Body Camaro. Carved into the history books as perhaps the finest small-block V-8 engine ever developed, the LT-1 was a masterpiece of performance engineering and the second-generation Camaro it powered easily matched the work of the era’s finest Italian design houses.
A strike at the Norwood, Ohio GM assembly plant delayed the introduction of the new F-Body Camaro/Firebird generation and when the cars were finally launched in 1970, they were designated as 1970 ½ models due to the constraints of the shortened model year. For 1971, stricter EPA emission regulations forced a slight detuning of the LT-1 V-8 engine and against all odds, output remained strong, even with the adoption of a milder hydraulic cam for 1973. Redesignated ‘L82’ for 1973, the Z/28’s engine still delivered outstanding response and acceleration to uphold its well-deserved reputation for high performance.
This true 1973 Z/28 retains its L82 high-performance engine and matching Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission delivering power to the Positraction rear end with 3.73:1 gears. Handsome and very well-presented and detailed throughout with Arctic White paint, black rally stripes, and a black bucket-seat interior, this outstanding ’73 Z/28 includes a factory AM/FM radio and rear defroster, plus headers and a performance exhaust system. Solid and striking throughout, it marks a highly collectible classic Z/28 in all respects.