1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z / 28 found in barn has been sitting for 42 years

Discovered by YouTube’s “Auto Archeology”, the Z / 28 dates from 1969, the last year for the first-generation Camaro. The muscle car has been owned by the same owner since 1974 or 1975, but it was pulled into a barn in 1979. It’s 42 years on the road from 2021.

So how rare is this Chevrolet? Well, GM sold quite a few Z / 28s from 1967 to 1969. First-year cars are the rarest, with just 602 units built, while 1968 saw 7,199 copies leave the factory. This Z / 28 was assembled in the nameplate’s most successful year – it was one of 20,302 cars sold in 1969.

All in all, while it’s not as common as the base, RS, and SS versions of the Camaro, the 1969 Z / 28 isn’t extremely rare either. But this Z / 28 is one of the lucky ones who persevered with an engine and transmission to match the numbers.

Granted, the engine bay is empty as of this writing, but the 302 cubic inch (4.9 liter) V8 sits next to the coupe in the same barn. It’s unclear why the 302 was retired, but maybe the owner is looking to refurbish the unit to get the Camaro back on the road.

Finished in a cool metallic blue paint with black stripes, the Z / 28 has seen better days, but it’s in relatively good condition for a car that’s been around for over four decades. Rust problems? Quite a few, but nothing that cannot be fixed. The interior also needs a lot of work to get rid of any rips and cracks (there are also signs that mice have lived there), but I wouldn’t rate this an extremely difficult restoration project.

Featured as a track-focused competitor for the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the Camaro Z / 28 was an optional package that revolved around the high-output 302 V8 designed for racing in the hugely popular Trans-Am series at the time. .

The package also included an upgraded suspension, front disc brakes, close-ratio four-speed manual transmission and Posi-traction (optional). Originally sold with “302” badges, the coupe received the “Z / 28” emblems in 1968. In 1969, Chevrolet also added a Hurst shifter and 12-bolt rear axle with 3.73 speeds. . The 302 V8 was underrated at 290 horsepower and 290 pound-feet (393 Nm) of torque for all three model years.

Overall, this 1969 Camaro Z / 28 is a decidedly cool barn find. It’s also one that could easily turn into a treasured classic. By the end of 2021, Z28 / s in excellent condition typically sell for over $ 50,000.

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