REAL Z28, #'S MATCHING DZ 302 V8, MUNCIE 4 SPEED, GREAT COLLECTOR, VALUE PRICED!
A real X77 code, Camaro Z/28 has always been a favorite among bowtie faithful, but today they're also an A-list collectable that has shown big numbers in the market. This is almost the holy grail of the Camaro world, at a very good price. Matching-numbers examples like this Cortez Silver 1969 Z are already seeing strong gains in the market, and that totally overlooks the fact that they are quite likely the best-driving first generation F-bodies of all.
This one offers a nice restoration of a quality car, with few liberties taken along the way. They were obviously well aware of the Z/28's rapid appreciation rate, so they focused on quality, getting the body straight and smooth before applying correct code 69 Cortez Silver with black SS stripes, which is this car's original color. The results are impressive because the car stands out without being an extrovert, a hard thing to do in the bright Streetside Classics showroom. It shows good gaps all around which are pretty close to the way it would have come from the factory when it was new and, of course, it includes details like a ducktail spoiler and gill inserts on the quarter panels. It also carries a correct cowl induction hood, which was actually optional on the Z/28 but makes a big difference in value and desirability. The "B" on the cowl tag also denotes a black vinyl top, which gives the Z/28 a grown-up look that also adds to its correctness and subtlety, and we like it a lot.
All the same standards apply inside, where the code 712 black bucket seat interior is the way it would have been on the showroom floor in 1969. This car was clearly a street car, not destined for combat, so it has a few luxury items like the wood-rimmed steering wheel on a tilt column, and a center console with white-faced auxiliary gauges, more options that push this Z/28 up the desirability ladder. Oddly enough, even a tach was optional, but this car has one and it's hard to imagine a Z/28 without it, especially given its high-winding nature. A proper Hurst cue ball shifter manages the Z's standard 4-speed manual gearbox and few cars are as satisfying to run through the gears as this one. The original radio remain in the dash, but it's augmented with a Kenwood KDC-X 897 AM/FM/iPod/satellite radio hidden in the glove box and accessed via remote control, so you can have your cake and eat it too. Even the trunk is correctly detailed with a reproduction mat and full-sized spare tire assembly.
The heart of the Z/28 is its engine, a bespoke 302 cubic inch V8 that loves to sing. This is the car's original, numbers-matching DZ-code engine, rebuilt to stock specifications and cackling with a unique small block snarl that's a big part of the experience. Under that cowl induction air cleaner there's a nicely detailed Chevy Orange block with finned valve covers, correct tower hose clamps, reproduction hoses, and a set of long-tube headers that certainly help with the high-RPM breathing. The transmission is a correct Muncie 4-speed powering a rugged 12-bolt rear with 3.73 gears inside, so you'd better hold on tight when you crack the throttle. Clean floors, a recent Flowmaster exhaust system and correct Rallys with 215/65/15 redline radials round out the package.
Quality, real Z/28's will not be this affordable for much longer, and if you want one that's also ideal for driving and hitting the local show scene, this is a fantastic choice. And this one is priced very competitively so we don't see it lasting in our showroom long. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- iPod Compatible
- Numbers Matching
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Satellite Radio
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Engine Type
- Body Style
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
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