1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 SPORT COUPE SCCA
Chassis No. 124379N684801
Engine No. V0902DZ
Yellow with black center stripes and black vinyl interior
Engine: V8, pushrod operated overhead valves, dual 4-barrel carburetors on cross-ram manifold, 302ci., 285hp; Gearbox: four-speed manual close ratio with Hurst shifter; Suspension: front, independent by coil springs and A-arms, rear, solid axle with traction bar and leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel power assisted discs. Left hand drive.
GM was caught unprepared by Ford's 1964 introduction of the Mustang. GM bracketed Mustang's market niche with the Corvette and Corvair Monza, but Ford uncovered a huge gap between them and exploited it with great success. Recognizing Ford had stolen a march on them, in mid-'64 the General launched a crash program to create its own 'personal car'. Code-named Panther, it became Camaro just before launch in September 1966 as a '67 model. Unlike Mustang, which was based largely on Fairlane components, Camaro was an all-new product constructed around a unit body with a front sub-frame for better ride. At the same time, the Sports Car Club of America revised its Trans-Am rules to add a 5-liter category. The '66 season was a Mustang benefit. GM was invisible, without a competitive chassis and still paying more than lip service to the AMA ban on manufacturers' active racing participation.
In the depths of GM, however, there remained a core of racing engineer/enthusiasts ready to jump on any opportunity. The Mustang's impending domination of Trans-Am threw GM's marketers into a tizzy and opened taps of money that soon turned into a good-sized stream, all flowing into Camaro race development. Vince Piggins, a one-man performance team within GM during the AMA ban years, knew where the enthusiasts were and quickly put the right 'heavy duty' pieces into GM's parts book and onto the Camaro's options list. Piggins neatly met the 5 liter displacement limit by putting a 283 crank in the then-current 327 block. The 302ci. Z/28 engine was the result. The 1967 Trans-Am Championship was again won by Ford, but Roger Penske's Camaro Z/28 driven by Mark Donohue took the last two races. For 1968 Trans-Am allowed dual 4-barrel carburetors and Chevy developed a cross-ram manifold as a dealer or customer-installed 'heavy duty' option with cowl induction hood which increased both horsepower and torque by 25. Penske and Donohue captured the Trans-Am, by now dominated by manufacturers, in both 1968 and 1969.
1969 was the last year for the first generation Camaro. By now a fully developed line, the '69 Camaro retains the first generation's purity of line while having an almost endless options list, heavily weighted with performance options and supplemented with dealer or customer-installed 'heavy duty' parts homologated for serious competition.
The car we offer for sale is a good original example which we understand was originally supplied through GM Main-Land of Texas City. In later crossed the Atlantic to Europe, being acquired by the present owner in Spain, at which time it was understood to be in its fourth ownership from new. A matching numbers car, the Z28 features dual exhaust, power brakes, close-ratio four speed gearbox with Hurst shifter, Positraction rear axle, and power steering. The interior is equipped with Triple Auto Gage to the dash, a wood rim steering wheel, original window winders, and Camaro trims. While the exterior bodywork retains under grille lights, and front and rear spoilers. Riding on 15x7in. Rally wheels, these are shod with Goodyear Eagle tires.
Cosmetically the car presents well, but its paint is noticeably aged in places with small chips and light scuffs, none of which detract from its overall presentation and the interior is extremely tidy. Mechanically, recent attention has included the fitting of a new water pump.
Returning to the US for sale, the car is offered with an original owner's manual, together with original spare tire, and jack.