Here’s How Much a 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Costs Today

The 1960s and early 1970s were the golden age of muscle cars in American automotive history. Before fuel prices skyrocketed and left them scrambling for fuel efficiency, major auto companies were all focused on bringing out the most muscular pony cars that would leave their rivals in the dust. Leading the pack in popularity has always been the first muscle car to arrive, the Ford Mustang, but Ford’s rivals have not handed it that title easily. And General Motors’ main competitor to the Mustang was the Chevrolet Camaro.

The first generation ran from 1967 to 1969, while the second generation ran from 1970 to 1981. It was later replaced by the third generation which ran from 1982 to 1992, and then the fourth generation from 1993 to 2002.

Finally, there was the fifth generation from 2003 to 2015 and the sixth and current generation which raced from 2016 to present. And while the Camaro never overtook the Mustang as General Motors executives had hoped, it has become a cultural icon in its own right. He has a long history of film appearances, most notably as the character Bumblebee in the Transformers franchise, and is considered one of the great examples of the classic muscle car era.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 made a name for itself as a race-focused performance package on the original Chevrolet Camaro, and its second-generation incarnation is just as peppy.

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The 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28: The Z28 Story

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When Chevrolet put the Camaro on sale, they offered it in a variety of trim levels, just like you’ll find on most cars today. The SS (Super Sport) and RS (Rally Sport) were both popular appearance and performance packages, but there was another that few people knew about. This performance package was unadvertised and was hidden in the catalog; only true enthusiasts knew what to ask for. To that end, he didn’t even have a fancy name. The Z/28 moniker simply comes from Chevrolet’s internal code for the performance package, RPO Z28.

The Z/28 was an even more powerful trim level than the standard Camaro, as it was a Camaro specifically designed for track racing. Although Chevrolet does not advertise it, the Z/28 legend has spread among performance enthusiasts by word of mouth. It was so successful that Chevrolet continued to offer the Z/28 into the second generation and beyond, selling the performance package from the Camaro’s introduction until 1974, before bringing it back in 1977.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Specs

1973 Chevy Camaro Engine
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The 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 features a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter version of General Motors’ famous Chevrolet small-block V8. That gives it a claimed 245 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. In practice, however, Chevrolet underestimated the Camaro’s horsepower, and the 1973 Z/28 can reach 360 horsepower. With that power, it goes from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 125 miles per hour.

Despite the understated horsepower which is, unfortunately, a decrease in performance over the original Z/28, as in 1973 the muscle car era was waning in the face of rising fuel prices. The Camaro wasn’t the only muscle car to suffer, as the second-generation Mustang was infamously criticized as a drop in quality from the original. But don’t let that make you think the Z/28 isn’t a serious performance car, it’s still great fun on the track or on the road. As a bonus, the 1973 edition was the first model of the Camaro Z/28 to offer air conditioning.

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The cost of the 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

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The original MSRP of a new 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was $3,713, which equates to a quite reasonable $23,726 in today’s money. You can expect a classic muscle car to sell for a lot more than that now, but there’s good news if you’re in the market for one. The first generation Z/28s are the most sought after, while the second generation is somewhat overlooked and the price goes down year by year.

According to Hagerty, the average cost of a 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is only $29,500. What you’ll end up paying naturally will vary depending on the condition of the Camaro you’re looking at, and you can easily end up paying a lot more or less than that. Of course, the downside of the 1973 model is that you get a model with less performance than the first generation, but that doesn’t make the 1973 model any less of a classic muscle car.

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