If you’re reading this, you already know what an amazing machine any early Z/28 really is. Built to take no prisoners, the F1 Z/28 dominated both road and drag racing, and its infamy is most definitely well-earned. This black Z/28 Rally Sport is a documented, real-deal Z/28 that’s been restored with an even BIGGER dose of horsepower under its hood. If you’re looking for a classic Chevy that you can actually drive instead of lock in a museum, opportunity loudly knocks!
Nicely restored first generation Z/28s seem to get more valuable by the day; so it just makes sense to execute the best restoration you can, while you have the chance. That’s exactly what happened here, as this Camaro’s bodywork is straight enough to make its simple black paint look dazzling. That paintwork presents well, offering clean reflections all around. The body’s fit and finish is good, making the car’s bright white stripes a perfect visual warning for its awesome performance potential. And overall, this classy pony car is guaranteed to turn heads every time you back it out of the garage!
With classic proportions and modernist body panels, the first generation Camaro is an inherently good looking design. And with today’s world class restoration techniques, it has become an excellent canvas for any skilled builder to create a seriously nice car. At the front of this clean F1, a satin black, Rally Sport grille conceals bright halogen headlights above a mirror-like bumper, crystal-clear parking lamps and an option D80 chin spoiler. Above that grille, a correct Camaro hood leads the eye to like-new glass that’s bordered by straight stainless trim, cleared by matte-finished wipers and reflected by a correct square mirror. At the sides of that hood, sculpted fenders combine with traditional chrome door handles, correct fender emblems and fresh stainless rocker trim to add just enough detail to the car’s jet black profile. And at the back of those fenders, an option D80 decklid spoiler complements monochromatic tail lights, a second mirrored bumper and crystal-clear reverse lamps.
Toss the car’s hood and you’ll find a GM Performance Parts ZZ430 crate motor that’s lean, mean and ready to scream! Not quite what you were expecting? I guess the car’s former owner decided that, since its original 302 was long gone, he’d throw in a hotter small block with 140 more horsepower. And while we do love our all-original cars, we certainly can’t fault his solid logic! At the top of the motor, a small, chrome air cleaner funnels wind into a large Holley 750 double pumper that’s affixed to a dual-plane aluminum intake. At the sides of that intake, GMPP Fast Burn heads prop unassuming valve covers above traditional cast manifolds that are functional and equally discrete. At the back of those heads, a hot MSD distributor lights fires for bright MSD Super Conductor wires. And opposite that distributor, a correct radiator circulates water past a tagged Delco Energizer battery via reproduction GM hoses. Mechanically, the small block 350 snarls and barks just as well as the competition piece it replaced. And aesthetically, the car’s clean engine compartment is nicely detailed, displaying no significant leaks or reliability issues anywhere.
Back in 1968, the only transmission you could get with your Z/28 was a tough Muncie 4-speed, and that’s what still lives behind this car’s modern small block. The tried and true transmission twists a rugged 12-bolt rear end and big 3.73 gears that, according to Jerry MacNeish, are original equipment. And that drivetrain hangs in a high performance suspension which has been completely rebuilt to factory specifications and features power front disc and rear drum brakes. Like its engine bay, this Camaro’s chassis has been restored to excellent, road-ready condition. Most obvious is the original-style chambered exhaust system, which not only sounds amazing, but probably frees up a few extra horses, just as Chevy intended. Clean floors and flat black paint highlight fresh lines, cables, clips, and a solid stainless gas tank. And at the corners, 15 inch Rally wheels spin E70-15 Goodyear Wide Tread GTs around correct stainless center caps and dent-free trim rings. While this Z/28 is not necessarily detailed for show, it is, however, extremely clean and well built. And it’s blatantly obvious that no corners were cut during its extensive restoration.
Nothing beats Tuxedo Black paint and a black vinyl interior, especially when it comes to a bad to the bone pony car! Familiar Strato bucket seats were definitely the right choice in this Z, and they remain in great condition despite frequent use. In front of those seats, a fade-free dash hangs restored gauges next to good looking wood grain applique. Below that dash, a chrome Hurst shifter tops fade-free carpet that’s bordered by chrome Fisher sills, protected by black rubber mats and detailed with traditional GM belts. At the sides of that shifter, rip-free door panels are decorated with bright stainless trim and correct chrome handles. Above those panels, a tight black headliner retains all of its color. In front to the driver, a correct Rally Sport steering wheel provides uninterrupted views of the aforementioned gauges. And behind the cockpit, a correctly finished trunk features a new mat, a full-size spare tire and a proper jack assembly.
The sale of this real-deal Z/28 includes a full package of information from Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish.
With the price of numbers-matching Z cars hovering around six-figures, they’re obviously moving 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, this exceptionally clean and diabolically fast Z/28 is an absolute bargain! Documented, well-restored, and a pleasure to drive, you’ll be proud to answer, “Yes!” every time someone asks if it’s a real Z/28.