Nothing beats an original, especially in the automotive world. In 2010, with the introduction of Chevrolet’s fifth generation pony car, the value of first generation Camaros started trending upward. And, this year, with the reintroduction of the brutal Z/28, the value of vintage Zs is set to increase accordingly. Rocking awesome Corvette Bronze paint, a complete restoration and a numbers-matching drivetrain, this fully documented coupe is the quintessential blue chip muscle car. If you’re looking to grab a pristine, investment grade F1 before the market ticks up, check out your next classic!
In addition to historic dealer paperwork and a stack of vintage maintenance receipts, the sale of this striped and sealed beauty includes an original Protect-O-Plate. Here’s a look at how the car rolled into Ray Bryant Chevrolet’s Dayton, Ohio showroom:
* 1 -- Chevrolet
* 2 -- Camaro
* 4 –V8 engine / Standard interior
* 37 -- Sport coupe
* 8 -- 1968 model year
* N -- Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
* 424402 -- Sequential production number
* 04D – Assembled during the fourth week (D) of April (04), 1968
* 68 – 1968 model year
* 12437 – V8-powered (4) Chevrolet (1) Camaro (2) sport coupe (37)
* NOR – Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
* 124422 – Fisher Body number
* 712 – Standard, Black interior that’s fitted with bucket seats
* OO – Corvette Bronze paint
* E – Black interior paint
* OO – Corvette Bronze exterior paint
* 124378N424402 -- The car’s VIN
* H -- Equipped with a Holley carburetor
* V0314MO -- The car’s engine assembly code, which translates as a Z/28-spec, 4-speed-exclusive 302 (MO) that was assembled in Flint, Michigan (V) on March (03) 14th (14), 1968
* BU0424G -- The car’s axle assembly code, which translates as a 3.73-equipped unit (BU) that was assembled in Detroit, Michigan (G) on April (04) 24th (24), 1968
* 4 – The car’s month of assembly
* P8C12 -- The car’s transmission assembly code, which translates as a Muncie 4-speed (P) assembled on March (C ) 12th (12), 1968 (8)
* 2 – Option J50 power-assisted brakes
* 3 – Option U63 pushbutton AM radio that’s complete with a power antenna
* 3 -- Optional J52 disc brakes
Logging only weekend miles since its detailed, frame-off restoration, this bold panther displays excellent bodywork that simply glistens under our bright showroom lights. A lot of effort was put into making sure the car’s body is extremely straight, which resulted in Kansas-flat sheetmetal that’s completely wave-free. That time was well spent, as excellent panel gaps perfectly center hinged pieces which move freely and close with solidity. And those pieces are bathed in slick Corvette Bronze and Tuxedo Black two-stage that’s been buffed to a spectacular shine.
When it comes to purity of form, I can’t really think of a better looking car than Chevrolet’s 60s-era Camaro. It’s a solid and straightforward design that continues to age exceptionally well, especially in the company of its exaggerated and extroverted competitors. At the front of this super cool F1, a pristine Rally Sport grille centers a stacked “RS” badge and bright halogen headlights between a spotless bumper, clear parking lamps and a small header script. At the top of that grille, a flat hood reflects a sweet combination of like-new glass, satin-finished wipers and mirrored stainless trim. At the sides of that hood, a monochromatic profile hangs prominent “Z/28” emblems and blocky “rally sport” scripts between familiar door handles, RS rocker paint and a correct chrome mirror. And at the back of the car, an option D80 decklid and second spotless bumper frame small reverse lamps, ‘68 Camaro-exclusive tail lights, and an “RS” branded fuel filler.
Under this Chevy''s Kansas-flat hood you’ll find an original 3914678-branded 302 that was cast on March (C ) 11th (11), 1968 (8), assembled in Flint, Michigan (V) on March (03) 14th (14), 1968 and stamped with a correct 424402 partial VIN. Straight from the factory, Chevrolet’s high performance SCCA Mustang slayer utilizes high flow, rectangular port heads, a forged steel crank, forged steel rods and forged aluminum pistons to twist stout 11 to 1 compression into more than 350 horsepower! At the top of the red hot small block, a chrome, open element air cleaner swirls wind into a familiar Winter intake via correct Holley carburetion. At the sides of that intake, authentic ‘double hump’ heads hang bright chrome valve covers over fully restored exhaust manifolds. And at the back of those heads, a mandatory points distributor shoots spark through correct Packard TV R Suppression cables. When fired, the infamous V8 snarls and barks like a real competition piece. Its ancillary components are top-notch in every way, with fresh GM hoses, a correct brake booster and a reproduction Delco battery accompanying rare, factory-correct smog equipment. And an even combination of Chevy Orange engine skin and Satin Black fender framing is accented by clean and appropriate decals.
Back in 1968, the best transmission you could get with your Camaro was a tough Muncie 4-speed. This coupe’s original gear slinger, which hangs a Muncie 4-speed (P) assembled on March (C ) 12th (12), 1968 (8) assembly stamp in front of a correct 424402 partial VIN, spins a stout 12-bolt rear end around big, 4.10 gears. That first-rate drivetrain is held off the ground by a completely rebuilt, high performance suspension, which includes 4-piston, Corvette-style brakes, tuned front coils, multi-leaf rears and reproduction shocks. That suspension is dissected by a correct, wrinkle-bent exhaust system. That exhaust system is framed by clean floors and fresh overspray, which perfectly highlight a new stainless fuel tank, fresh stainless lines and a variety of chassis components that still wave vivid paper tags. Those floors roll on 15-inch Rally wheels, which spin E70-15 Goodyear Wide Tread GTs around correct stainless center caps and dent-free trim rings. And while this Rally Sport has, to our knowledge, never been shown, it would certainly fare well hovering over a quartet of undercarriage mirrors.
The Standard Black interior hiding behind this car’s small bronze doors illustrates the true, no frills intentions of Chevrolet’s hallowed Z/28. Its bucket seats were restored with new backs, new foam and reproduction covers that look and feel fantastic. In front of those seats a wood-lined dash, which exhibits no signs of warping or peeling, hangs rebuilt telemetry above a vintage Delco radio. At the base of that dash, great looking carpet centers a chrome Hurst shifter between four color-keyed floor mats. That seat, dash and flooring trifecta is framed by a tight headliner and standard, stainless-trimmed door panels. In front of the driver, Chevrolet’s classy Rosewood steering wheel spins satin spokes around a red, white and blue centerpiece. And behind the passengers, the car’s solid trunk has been correctly restored with new paint, a full-size spare and fresh decklid decals.
The sale of this first class F-Body includes:
* An original Bill of Sale
* Original dealer paperwork
* An original Owner’s Manual
* An original Protect-O-Plate
* An original tag application
* Vintage maintenance receipts
* A fresh cam card
When it comes to history and desirability, this Z/28 is a hard car to beat! Its healthy MO 302 offers all the classic rumble you’d ever want. Its rugged Muncie 4-speed turns up the fun factor. And its Corvette Bronze livery provides refreshing appeal. If you’ve been yearning for an awesome, investment grade pony car, your search is officially over!