Auto Monday – Z28

Adding $458 to the $2,726 base price of a Camaro coupe, RPO Z28 included the F41 handling suspension with E70X15 raised-letter tires on seven-inch wide rims, quicker steering, and twin rally stripes. Front disc brakes were standard on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, and for the first time, four-wheel discs were offered. They cost $500 and just 206 sets were delivered, about half going to full race cars.

The solid-lifter 302-cid V-8 with an 850-cfm four-barrel carburetor was again exclusive to the Z28. Dynomometer tests at close to 400 horsepower made a joke of its 290-horsepower rating. Dealer-installed dual four-barrel carburetor options were offered even in ’67, and for ’69, $500 bought twin 600-cfm Holleys on a cross-ram manifold, though at no change to the 290-horsepower rating. Chambered exhaust pipes — perhaps the least-restrictive exhausts Chevy ever offered — also were available.

The name Z28 started out as only a Regular Production Order (RPO) option code but has since grown into one of the most recognizable three letters in Camaro automotive history. It may just be a coincidence that the RPO code for the Camaro Super Sport (SS) package was Z27 and that RPO Z28 just followed it sequentially or maybe not. Whatever the case may be it was nothing more and nothing less than a RPO option code at first.

This generation of Camaros, with a smallblock motor, cut a niche for itself in the Era of the Muscle Car. Future generations picked up on the theme and the small engine size was no longer, as bigger engines found their way under the hood.

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2 Responses to Auto Monday – Z28

  1. Howie13 says:

    No. 6 looks suspiciously like a model.

  2. fcgrabo says:

    Yeah it does, doesn’t it. That fatty back tire gives it that kind of look. But… who knows?

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