Honestly, it's only a matter of time before the early second-generation F-bodies start getting exorbitantly priced, and if you're serious about your hardware, this 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is probably the one to own, before they get completely out of reach. With a matching-numbers 350 LT1 and 4-speed transmission, a killer black-on-black color combo, and a high-grade restoration that was very recently finished, it is quite likely one of the nicest Z's we're currently featuring here at Streetside.
Expertly repainted in its original code 19 Tuxedo Black, which is the ultimate color to get, this is one of the cleaner and straighter second-gen Camaros you'll ever see under $50k. Recent enough that it almost smells like wet paint, but laid down long enough ago to know that it will last the test of time, it offers expert prep, super straight sheetmetal, sharp creases, and expert panel alignment, all designed to collect trophies and garner oohs and aahs. All the styling cues that make these cars so popular year after year are there: the 3-piece ducktail spoiler, a taut black vinyl top, and the factory-optioned white stripes, give this muscle car a surprisingly subtle look, and it all appears the way it would have on the showroom floor in 1971. Actually, scratch that, because this car is far nicer than anything coming out of a mass-production factory. It hasn't been done up like a fake RS, so the original-style chrome bumpers are in excellent condition, as is the grille, and all the correct Z/28 badges are in place as well, which should show everyone that the restorers really sweated the details on this build.
The interior is a perfect complement to the exterior, beautifully finished in code 775 black vinyl. It's correctly done and looks fantastic on the high-back bucket seats, showing little to no wear and offering great support. Plush black carpets work with the black dash and console and maintain the uniform look, and the correct Z/28 door panels are fresh pieces that look great. The wrap-around instrument panel includes bright, clean, sharp gauges behind a standard two-spoke steering wheel, and even the OEM clock works! The AM/FM radio in the dash remarkably still works too, and the shifter atop the original Muncie 4-speed suggests this Z/28 was built for fun and that Chevy wasn't quite willing to give up performance. If there are any demerits in this car, we can't find them and it's very obvious that someone has spent a lot of money getting this car right. The trunk is fully outfitted with a correct mat, and it houses a full-sized Goodyear bias-ply spare tire and jack assembly, all pieces that could easily be original to the car.
You could still get a big block in your Camaro, but if you liked going around corners with relative ease and balance, the Z/28's 350 cubic inch LT1 V8 was a smarter choice. This is the car's original, numbers-matching engine, rebuilt with its correct Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Winters intake, just like GM intended. The finned valve covers are a familiar Z/28 look and the dual-snorkeled chrome air cleaner lid dresses the place up a bit. All the little details are exactly right for show purposes, and with less than 71 miles on the build, it's still incredibly fresh. It's backed by the factory, numbers matching Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission and 10-bolt rear end, which has 3.73 gears posi-traction gears, just like it's supposed to. Offering super clean floors with correct red primer on the pans, a fresh dual exhaust system, and lots of factory-correct components, the chassis is as highly detailed as the engine bay. Even the attractive SS wheels are proper, although these were aesthetically finished in black instead of the factory-correct dark gray, and they're wrapped in 235/60/15 white-letter BFGoodrich radials at each corner to finish the look.
Beautifully finished and ready to turn some heads, this is a high-grade Z/28 that will only get more desirable in coming years. Call today!