Z/28 badges earn you a lot of respect, and if your tribute car runs as well as a real Z, then the guy behind the wheel really will have the last laugh. One look at this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS tribute tells you everything you need to know, because it looks right and has the performance of a real Z without the big price tag.
Tuxedo Black isn't this car's original color (that would be code 58 Frost Green), but if you're going to build a street predator, there's no reason not to go with gloss black for maximum intimidation. It's very well done with impressive panel alignment and a highly buffed final finish that gives it that deep, wet look. White SS stripes, a cowl-induction hood, and the ducktail spoiler all help with the Z/28 illusion, and proper badges were used throughout. For many, hidden headlights make for the most attractive Camaro of all time, and that's the case here, with the RS parts giving this tribute car a purposeful look that was surely in line with the original designers' intent. You'll also find that someone spent a good deal of cash on the trim, because the bumpers are beautiful, the stainless glitters, and those gill inserts on the rear quarters add just the right amount of sparkle. It also has accessory rear bumper guards, which always give these cars a unique look and help highlight the Z/28 badge on the tail panel.
The black and white houndstooth interior appears to be entirely new, from the seat covers to the carpets. The Z/28 didn't add many unique features to the Camaro's already tasteful interior, so getting this one right was easy. The seats themselves feature the new-for-1969 head restraints, the door panels are properly marked with simple 'Camaro' badges, and the woodgrained steering wheel (on a tilt column!) is just beautiful. A factory AC tach and a woodgrained center console are nice options and the console is fitted with optional auxiliary gauges that are still in place on the 2018 Camaros. There's also a horseshoe shifter, which is the big tipoff that this isn't a real Z; the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission was not available in the Z/28. A/C was never offered in the first-gen Z, either, but this one has it and it works like it should thanks to good old R12 refrigerant inside. Pop the trunk and you'll find a correct houndstooth mat, as well as a correct spare tire cover and jack assembly.
The Z/28 was formidable, and this one packs a few extra cubes in the form of a 350 cubic inch block. It offers 48 more cubic inches than the 302, and it snarls to life the moment you turn the key. There's a mild cam inside so it has a wicked hi-po idle and there's a big Edelbrock 4-barrel carb atop a polished intake, all hidden under a correct cowl induction air cleaner assembly. Finned valve covers and Chevy Orange paint add to the illusion and long-tube headers add to the torque curve. The floors and undercarriage are not detailed for show, but you can see that everything's extremely clean and this Z tribute includes 4-wheel disc brakes, a rumbling Flowmaster exhaust system, and lots of new parts underneath. You could theoretically get a Z with dog-dish hubcaps and steelies, but this one wears polished Torque Thrust wheels with 215/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
If you can live without a pedigree and a few different numbers on the engine block, this Z/28 tribute replicates most of the experience without worrying about the other stuff. Get in, hang on, and have fun. Call today!