Black
Black
ZZ430 V8
4 Speed Manual

If you're reading this, you already know what an amazing machine any early Z/28 really is. Built to take no prisoners, the Z/28 dominated both road and drag racing, and its infamy is most definitely well-earned. This black Z/28 RS is a real, documented Z, not a clone, and it has been restored with an even bigger dose of horsepower under the hood. If you're looking for a Z/28 you can drive instead of a museum piece, this one is an excellent choice.

Nicely restored first generation Z/28s like this one seem to get more valuable by the day, and it just makes sense to do the best possible job you can when you have the chance. And that's exactly what happened here. The bodywork is straight enough to make the black paint look dazzling, the body gaps are exact, and the white stripes are the perfect visual warning to complement the Z's performance potential. Gaps are excellent all around, and the ductail spoiler gives it just the right attitude. The paint itself is two-stage urethane, so it will look this good practically forever if you take care of it, and the finish is so deep it looks like you could dive in and swim in it. And I especially like that the restorer kept to the original menu, and didn't add things like the ubiquitous cowl induction hood, which really has no place on a valuable car like a Z/28.

This one is also an real Rally Sport, making the grille with hidden headlights a rather rare piece on a Z/28. It also has exemplary chrome bumpers front and rear, crisply polished stainless trim, and correct Z/28 badges on the front fenders. All the glass remains excellent, with no chips or scratching, and out back the tail light lenses remain bright and clear. The overall impression is of an extremely clean, authentic Z/28 Camaro.

Under the hood, however, things get a little more interesting. Since the original 302 was long gone, a robust ZZ430 crate motor was installed, upping the horsepower rating by 140 compared to the stock 290. It transforms this Camaro from a quick street fighter to an all-out brawler that will eat just about anything this side of a new Viper for breakfast. Now displacing 350 cubic inches, it uses GM Fast Burn cylinder heads and a HOT cam that was developed for showroom stock racing. A dual plane intake with a 750 CFM Holley double pumper feeds the fuel, and an MSD ignition system lights the fire. Stock exhaust manifolds keep it civilized and reasonably stock-appearing under the hood, and help make maintenance a breeze. Everything is nicely detailed, with bright finishes and no trace of leaks or abuse anywhere. Heck, it looks like everything is brand new and I'd be surprised if this car has been driven any significant distance since it was completed.

The only transmission you could get with your Z/28 was a 4-speed Muncie M20, and that's what still lives behind the high-winding small block. Out back, a rugged 12-bolt rear with 3.73 gears is this car's original differential, as verified by Jerry MacNeish himself. The extremely clean chassis is fresh off the rotisserie, with correctly finished components throughout. Most obvious is the original style chambered exhaust system, which not only sounds amazing, but probably frees up a few extra horsepower as Chevy intended. Brakes, suspension, lines, cables, and clips are all new, and a fresh gas tank hangs just ahead of the rear bumper. Not necessarily detailed for show, it is, however, extremely clean and well built, and it's obvious that no corners were cut during the restoration. Correct Rally wheels wearing reproduction Goodyear Wide Tread GT bias-ply tires give it a 1968 showroom fresh look.

Black Strato buckets were the right choice in this black Z, and the interior remains in excellent condition throughout. Only the driver's seat shows some slight signs of use, but otherwise the new seat covers, fresh carpets, and reproduction door panels are just as fresh as they were when the restoration was completed. In fact, the back seat looks completely unused and there's no evidence that this car has spent any notable time out in the hot sun, as neither the dash pad nor the carpets have faded one iota. Correct wood appliques have been fitted to the dash, and you can count me among those who prefer a console-free bucket seat interior, particularly in a hard core car like the Z/28. A correct RS steering wheel with aluminum spokes gives you uninterrupted views of the rebuilt gauges, and the factory AM radio remains in the dash. I wouldn't bother upgrading it anyway, because the song that engine sings through the chambered exhaust is all the entertainment you're going to need. In back, the trunk has been correctly finished with spatter paint, a new mat, and a full-sized spare with jack assembly.

This car comes with a full package of information from Jerry MacNeish, fully documenting this car and all its options, which verify it as a real Z/28. It also includes a warranty card with Protect-O-Plate, and a certificate of authenticity.

With the prices of matching-numbers Z/28s rapidly closing in on six-figures, that will obviously move them into the “too nice to drive” category. But if you're the kind of guy who believes in putting his hardware on the road, in the feel of a perfectly executed downshift, and the banshee wail of a powerful small block, then this exceptionally clean and diabolically fast Z/28 is a bargain. Documented, beautifully restored, and a pleasure to drive, you'll be proud to answer, “Yes!” every time someone asks if it's a real Z/28.

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