Real-deal 1968 Chevy Camaro Z28 coupe

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The Camaro still looks fresh after its 10-year-old restoration

There have been many changes in the collector car market in the past 8 months. Cars that were once easy sales for top dollar have now dropped in value, sometimes significantly. This has allowed many new owners, who a few years ago felt priced out of the market, to find the car of their dreams at a price that they could afford.

One of these is the 1967-1969 Camaro Z28. A few years ago, nice examples of the Z28 would change hands for more than $75,000 with some selling for as much as $100,000. Times have changed, and if you search hard, you can find these cars now for considerably less money.

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But there are so many fake Z28 cars out there you should do your research and, even better, find an expert to examine any Z28 you might be looking at. I have seen re-stamped blocks, re-stamped frames and every other forgery technique under the sun, so be careful.

I would recommend starting by getting Jason Scott’s fine book entitled Original Chevrolet Camaro 1967-1969 to learn what is correct on these cars.

The Pick of the Day looks to be one to buy, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS coupe offered on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Salt Lick, Kentucky.

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This is a true, completely numbers-matching Camaro, according to the seller, equipped with its original 302cid. engine, a M21 4-speed manual gearbox,, 373 posi and 12-bolt rear end, and finished in correct Corvette Bronze paint.

The Camaro received a comprehensive restoration 10 years ago, the seller says, and the pictures with the ad show that it was well-restored and has held up well.

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Of all the first-generation Camaros, the 1968 RS Z28 is my favorite. It has the awesome hideaway headlights that add a jet-age European flair to the car, and the Z28 drivetrain makes for a fun and usable performance car.

Other great things about this car are the full compliment of gauges including the tick-tock tach, which combines a clock with the tachometer.

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Now, for the best part. This apparently wonderful Camaro Z28 has an asking price of just $50,000 or best offer. That is a good price if this car checks out as advertised and would be very welcome in my garage, if someone is thinking about getting me a late Christmas present.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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  1. Pretty Rare Z,As Only 7% of Camaros That Year Were Produced in That Corvette Color,Which Comes Out To About 504-510 in Corvette Bronze

  2. The entire emission control system including the smog pump is missing off of this “original” Z28. Look closely – The exhaust manifolds have been plugged.

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