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By 1969, Chevrolet’s first-generation F-Body Camaro had truly come of age, with strong showroom sales strongly driven by its handsome styling, huge option list, and brilliant racing success. Conceived and built with development led by Chevrolet’s Vince Piggins as the GM Division’s new SCCA Trans-Am racing contender, the RPO Z28 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 Z28 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 3.731 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 Z28 marks the ultimate evolution of the first-generation Camaro series with a thrilling driving experience and incomparable styling and race-bred engineering.
Featuring all matching and date-code correct components, this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 retains the original engine, transmission, rear axle, and Z/28 special performance equipment package. All equipment and accessories are factory original to the car. The exterior of the car was stripped to bare metal and repainted in the original color and style of the car, with the original black Rally stripes repainted just the way the factory did them and the fenders repainted off of the car and then reinstalled. The interior was refurbished with new seat covers, carpeting, dash pad, and headliner. As offered, this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 marks a great and immensely collectible example of a true race-bred legend.