1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Restomod Gallery

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 wasn’t the first muscle car, and it wasn’t the fastest muscle car, but with drop dead gorgeous styling and a performance-oriented combination of brake, engine, exhaust, and induction options, the ‘69 Z28 is arguably one of the most desirable of all Camaros—and the Camaro is certainly one of the most beloved muscle cars of all time.

The first-generation Camaro debuted in September 1966, for the 1967 model year, up to 1969 on a new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform. The car was conceived to compete with the popular pony cars of the time, namely the Ford Mustang. The Z28 options package originated in 1967, and the Z28 name derives simply from its Regular Production Order (RPO) option code, which specifies its performance-oriented configuration. There is no other whimsical story behind it.

1969 Trans Am Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Veteran Chevy engineer, Vincent W. Piggins, designed the Z28 specifically for the SCCA Trans-America sedan series races in conjunction with convincing Chevrolet/GM management to sell it to the public. Ultimately, snagging the series championships in both 1968 and 1969, the Z28 was initially introduced as a road-racer first, and a street machine second. Drivers who understood this bare-knuckle disposition bought 7,199 of them in ’68, and sales nearly tripled for the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Of course, the Trans Am racing version of the Z28 was pretty far removed from the version available to the public. That being said, the more races the Camaro Z28 won on the track, the more Camaro Z28s Chevrolet sold to the public, solidifying the “marketing ploy” conjured up by Piggins.

Z28 Arrives

Although the Z28 is known for its solid-lifter, 302CID V8, our customer has decided to implant a BluePrint 632CID, 810HP engine. Don’t get upset yet! This restomod starts with a sad story. You see, our customer purchased this factory original, numbers matching car from the type of unscrupulous salesperson we all dread in the classic car world. He also contracted with the same salesman to perform an “inexpensive” frame off restoration. Notice the quotes? Yea, that means it’s bad. It seemed that the disassembly went well, but after the car was torn apart things really began to unravel. Parts starting disappearing, substandard work turned into no work, and eventually the car got shoved into a corner at this “inexpensive” shop.

Fed up, the customer interviewed a few shops and finally decided to employ American Resto Mods to take on a job that was supposed to commence in a full, frame off, numbers matching, restoration. As we make our way through the car righting the wrongs, completing the bodywork and paint, we begin to move onto the reassembly. That’s when we realize there are more than a few parts missing.

BluePrint 632CID V8

Given the circumstances with all of the missing parts, the customer decides to turn it up a notch since he won’t be able to go home with the all-original restored car he intended. Accompanying the 632CID 810HP 800lbs of torque V8 is a TCI Street Fighter Turbo 400 with a 3800-stall converter. The jet-black paint is happy to be reunited with its emblems, and the 8-inch wheels remain original and will eventually be dressed in street slicks.

On the road to completion!

This beast of onyx is quickly driving to completion and we can’t wait to show you the finished restomod. In the meanwhile, check out our fully documented build below.


The 632CID is alive! Watch the vid of it rocking the house at American Resto Mods

Oh and for your reference, we came across this link which could help you in identifying a genuine 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Coupe
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Coupe
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