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Purpose-Built Racer for the Street: Camaro Z/28

Road test of the legendary 1968 Chevy


Few cars during the muscle car era offered the mechanical presence of the Camaro Z/28. Starting out as an purpose-built Trans-Am performance package as option code Z28, the package earned a proper identity mid-year 1968 when Chevrolet began building them with Z/28 badges in place of the 302 badges, as evidenced by this ’68 Camaro Z/28 in the below video.

The Z/28 is unique in that it’s one of two cars during the era (the other is Oldsmobile’s W-Machines) where a name was derived from its UPC code. Chevrolet was out of racing since 1963, but that didn’t mean Chevrolets were absent from racing – on the contrary, Chevrolets were racing successfully in several types of competition, though not with factory sponsorship. With the Z/28, it was a race car built for the street, so all that was needed to race one competitively was to prepare it per the rules of the circuit.

Joel Newberg bought a 1968 Camaro Z/28 new and, over time, sold it. He had a desire to find another one in the same color combination but was not successful, so he went with this red-on-red 1968 Z/28. It doesn’t have many options – not even power steering – but he added the center console due to the integrated gauges.

Join Muscle Car Campy as he and Joel go for a nice jaunt through western Florida, that sweet sound of high-revving small-block goodness emanating from under the hood and through the tailpipes.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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