Documented Frame Off Restored Camaro Z/28 350 4 Speed
- Fully restored
- Tuxedo black / black
- 350cid V8 disguised as a DZ 302
- Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission
- 12-bolt rear / 3.55 gears
- Documented restoration
Despite what many experts may be telling you, the collector car market isn't down. Sure, garden-variety cars aren't rapidly appreciating (they never were), but certain vehicles, like this 1969 Camaro Z/28, are rock-solid places to park some money. Cars like this rarely lose value, and this is the kind of car you can drive, show, and enjoy with the confidence that it'll always be worth about what you paid for and maybe even a little more. There's also the fact that the Z/28 combines a high-revving small block, a 4-speed, and an agile suspension designed to tear up road courses around the country, and you have a car that's a pure joy to drive, investment be damned. It shows just 60,454 original miles, making this a solid car that needs nothing today.
The key with certain Chevys of this vintage is that it's almost impossible to tell if they're legit. However, certain Z/28s can be confirmed by their cowl tags, most notably cars built in Norwood, Ohio later in the year, which carry the famous “X codes” denoting specific option packages. This is without a doubt a real Z/28, thanks to the information on the cowl tag:
* ST69 1969 model year
* 12437 Chevrolet Camaro hardtop coupe
* NOR Norwood, Ohio assembly plant
* 311739 Fisher Body sequence number
* 711 Standard black interior
* 10 10 Tuxedo Black upper and lower paint
* 05A First week of May build date
* X77 Base car with special performance equipment (Z/28)
So this lovely Tuxedo Black Z/28 is definitely the real deal. And after looking at row after row of Hugger Orange Camaros, this sinister black coupe is a refreshing change. Not flashy, but imposing like a professional boxer dressed in a tuxedo, this Camaro has obviously had a ton of cash spent on the restoration. The bodywork is straight, the gaps are good, and everything fits together like they did when they were new. The two-stage urethane paint gives the black a depth that was probably impossible to achieve in 1969, with a shine that will outlast us all. The cowl induction hood is a Z/28 trademark, along with the duck tail spoiler, and combined with the white stripes, it's a traditional look that's instantly recognizable on the street, and warns lesser cars to stay away. You will definitely get noticed in this car when you rumble into the local cruise night.
There's not a lot of chrome and bright trim on a Z/28, but what is here is beautifully restored. Both bumpers are straight and clean, all the original Z/28 badges have been restored or replaced, and it's kind of refreshing to see a '69 Camaro WITHOUT RS hidden headlight for a change. All the glass is in excellent condition, and it sports the cool chrome gill inserts ahead of the rear wheels that work extremely well against the black paint.
For many enthusiasts, the torque of a big block just can't compare to the high-winding song of a cackling small block, and there's no arguing that the lighter engine makes for a vastly more entertaining drive when the road starts to get twisty. The cleverly disguised 350 is beautifully detailed for show as a 302, and the engine bay is so nice that you'll feel obligated to display the car with the hood open at all times. The Chevy Orange paint on the block is vivid, the Z/28's special finned valve covers have that soft shine that only polished aluminum can show, and the giant air cleaner inhales through the functional cowl induction hood. Reproduction hoses and clamps have been fitted, along with a reproduction wiring harness, and even the production line stampings and marks have been accurately replicated. The only non-original parts are the ceramic-coated long-tube headers, but after you hear how this snarling small block sounds, you won't mind a bit, especially in third gear at, say, 6000 RPM. This car howls!
A correct Muncie M21 4-speed is fitted, which is the only way you could get your Z/28 in 1969, and it spins a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear designed for road racing durability, yet is street friendly with a set of 3.55s inside. The floors are finished in correct satin black, as are most of the suspension components, because that's how the factory did it. More correct markings have been reproduced, and the power front disc brakes are fresh. Those long-tube headers I mentioned earlier dump into a mandrel-bent 2.5-inch exhaust system that uses Flowmasters for effect, making this one of the best-sounding Zs we've heard in a long time. A new gas tank, fresh lines and hoses, and expert workmanship throughout make this a Camaro that can drive anywhere, any time. Correct Rally wheels wear reproduction Goodyear Wide Tread GT bias-ply tires as original.
In your Tuxedo Black Z/28, what better than basic black inside? As comprehensively restored as the rest of the car, the interior is the kind of place that invites you in to see more details. Basic black seat covers have been fitted, but they match the originals quite nicely, and there are fresh door panels, carpets, and a new headliner overhead. Look a little closer and there's a lovely rosewood steering wheel that actually matches the dash appliques better than most, and a Hurst cue ball shifter atop the 4-speed. The gauges appear to be original, and as I said, as a low-mileage car, there was really no need to take them apart, and I'm a big fan of the no-console look, which is perfectly appropriate in the Z/28. To keep things tidy, new floor mats have been fitted, complete with Z/28 embroidery just in case you forgot what you were driving. In back, the trunk features a correct reproduction mat and a full-sized spare with jack assembly.
Documentation includes a copy of the original window sticker, owner's manual, and an album of restoration photos documenting the process so you know exactly what was done.
Look at our sold inventory and you'll see that nobody sells more Z/28s than RK Motors Charlotte, and the prices are steadily inching upwards. It's always smarter to buy a finished car, and this Tuxedo Black one looks so fresh that you'd think the paint was still wet. Outstanding workmanship, a great color combination, and all the intrinsic goodness of the Z/28 make it the smart choice for the car guy who likes to be smart with his money.
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