1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop review: today’s car enthusiasts find extraordinary value in these cars

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Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop

Impressive is definitely one word for this awesome Chevrolet Camaro. Big Block swapped, solid lifter, high lift camshaft and 4:10 gears make for tire shredding capabilities in this true SS Camaro. There’s no question that the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop is one of the best-looking pony cars of all time, and the Rally Sport treatment only makes things better. 

The best thing about being a Camaro fan is: through five generations and 45 years of cars, GM has continuously provided us with a variety of purpose-built performance packages that wouldn’t even make it out the boardroom door if proposed for most of their other models. And when you start talking about the world of early Camaros, the conversation inevitably turns to various models that were truly race-ready; and more specifically, those that were ostensibly built to homologate the Z/28 for Trans Am racing. Like the gearheads of the late 60s, today’s car enthusiasts find extraordinary value in 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop because of their great combination of low end power, excellent handling characteristics and top notch exclusivity. And not surprisingly, documented, well-done small block cars continue to be some of the hottest selling pony cars on the market. This fully documented, investment grade, ’69 Z/28 has all the right ingredients to bring big value and even bigger appeal. It’s an authentic factory black car that features a solid west coast body and a stunning, factory correct Ivory and Black interior. It packs a numbers matching 302 DZ V8 that is sprinkled with mostly original components. And best of all, it’s fresh out of a highly accurate, frame-off restoration. Subtle isn’t really the word for this super-clean, investment grade F1, but it’s exactly the kind of car that only gets better the more you look at it!

As prospective buyers of true investment grade muscle cars know, one of the biggest concerns with early GM metal is authentication. Fortunately, the sale of this pristine first generation F-body includes its original Protect-O-Plate. And that, in combination with its cowl tag, confirms that the car is both a highly original and highly accurate real deal Z/28.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop

The body on this Camaro is solid and straight, though the older paint job shows a bit of wear in some areas. 

At the front of the car, a gray, stainless trimmed grille hangs a showroom fresh “Z/28” emblem between black, stainless trimmed Rally Sport headlights which work well and close flush with the car’s body. Below that grille, a showroom quality chrome bumper tops clear parking lights that are centered above a familiar Camaro D80 front spoiler. And above that grille, a pristine “Camaro by Chevrolet” emblem sits in front of a traditional steel cowl induction hood, like-new glass windows and matte stainless wipers. Behind those wipers, bright, dent-free stainless trim, which was likely bought new during the recent restoration, combines with pristine chrome drip rails to frame the car’s greenhouse. And below those wipers, standard stainless rocker moldings combine with straight stainless wheel well trim, correct chrome mirrors, Rally Sport-exclusive rear fender louvers and correct “Z/28” and “Rally Sport” front fender emblems to add just the right amount of detail to the jet black profile. At the back of the car, a D80 rear decklid spoiler rides above crystal clear segmented tail lights and a fresh “Z/28” emblem that is perfectly centered on the car’s rear valence. And another showroom quality chrome bumper hangs above Rally Sport exclusive chrome trimmed reverse lamps and two correct, unpolished tail pipes.

Inside this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop you’ll find one of those rare instances where a car’s interior perfectly mimics its exterior. As with its basecoat/clearcoat paint, black serves as a solid base which is accentuated and detailed by clean white components and bright finished trim. On the floor, freshly installed black carpet anchors a full set of black lap belts and an optional black console, which is complete with a solid chrome Hurst shifter and a traditional four pack of gauges. At the edges of that console, white seat covers appear to be brand new; and standard white door panels hang clean armrests and pit-free chrome handles inside of pristine stainless trim and correct black “Camaro” emblems. At the top of the car, a tight black headliner stretches around a chrome trimmed dome lamp. And at the front of the car, a 1969 Camaro exclusive dash props a smooth and crack-free black pad above a rebuilt speedometer, a rebuilt tachometer and a correct AM/FM radio. In so many of these restorations a Rosewood rimmed GM rally wheel becomes standard equipment, so it’s nice to see this car’s rebuilt tilt steering column proudly displaying its correct factory two spoke and “RS” branded horn button. And at the back of the cockpit, a fully restored trunk hangs correct decals over a full-size spare tire and a fresh houndstooth mat.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop

The interior is in great shape, the black vinyl bucket seats are crisp, carpet is in good condition, and the icing on the cake is the B&M Mega shifter.

It’s not hard to find a 1969 Camaro with a performance-bred small block under its hood. But cars like this top notch Z/28, which is still equipped with its VIN stamped DZ block and a whole list of original components that even includes its ‘pink’ connecting rods and factory smog pump, are becoming increasingly rare. Professionally rebuilt by Burlington Performance in Raytown, Missouri this hot 302 carries a 3932386 casting number and decodes as a Flint Michigan (V) produced, Camaro Z/28 exclusive (DZ) engine that was assembled on the seventh (07) day of January (01) 1969. At the top of the block a functional ZL2 style satin black air filter feeds a correct 4-barrel 4053 list Holley Service replacement carburetor which was restored by the Holley Custom Shop. Below that carburetor, a 3932472 Winter aluminum intake sits between original double hump heads that are branded with 3927186 casting numbers, display December 2nd of 1968 (L68) casting dates and wear bright finned aluminum Corvette valve covers. At the sides of the engine, restored cast iron exhaust manifolds, which are equipped with correct heat shields, send exhaust into a great sounding, reproduction true dual exhaust system. At the back of the engine, an 1111480 points distributor sends power through fresh Packard TV R Suppression wires. And at the front of the engine, a new V-belt spins a rebuilt power steering pump behind a correct radiator that’s equipped with both reproduction GM hoses and authentic tower clamps. Aesthetically, the engine compartment in this ’69 Camaro is top notch in every way from its array of bright decals and new Delco Energizer battery to its correct Delco Moraine brake booster and fresh hood insulation. And the vivid Chevy Orange engine contrasts beautifully against the car’s satin black fenders and clean firewall.

Underneath this awesome Z/28 you’ll find a freshly restored chassis that’s ready for both vintage league laps at the track and a mirrored turntable at the convention center. Power flows through a professionally rebuilt Muncie 4-speed transmission to an original 12 bolt Posi-traction rear end that’s stamped with a Protect-O-Plate matching BU1211G axle code and stuffed with pavement melting 3.73 gears. Turns come courtesy of a track tuned double A-arm front and leaf spring rear suspension that combines factory optioned N40 power steering with correct spiral shocks and mandatory J50 disc/J52 power assist brakes to provide driving dynamics which belie the cars age. And a thrill inducing soundtrack roars through a fresh Gardner exhaust system which mirrors the car’s original pipes and hardware all the way down to its old fashioned wrinkle bends and bare finished tips. All this freshly restored muscle rolls on a traditional set of GM Rally wheels which spin vintage F70-15 Firestone Wide Oval Super Sports around pristine trim rings and pit-free center caps. And since no wholesale replacement of the floors was needed, they were appropriately restored, finished in a smooth coat of GM satin black paint and equipped with a complete set of stainless hardware.

Included with the sale of this high quality pony car is its original Protect-O-Plate, a detailed breakdown of its cowl tag, and a list of both its original and correct engine components.

This special 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Hardtop was well cared for by the previous owner, now that he has moved on to other projects now is your chance to own this one of a kind Camaro SS. Its restoration alone probably cost as much as we’re asking for the entire car. Z/28s are rare cars, no two-ways about that, and with the crops of clones and fakes that have popped up as the cars became more valuable, having a documented, authenticated original definitely adds value. And all of this overlooks the fact that 1969 Camaros are simply some of the best looking, best driving muscle cars of all time. If you want a pony car that will draw a crowd for reasons other than being brightly colored, this investment grade F1 is exactly what you’re looking for.

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