1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Z-28 Trans Am (FIA) Race Car

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    108
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Competition vehicle
Unregistered
Chassis no. 124379N610871

- Raced in period
- Extremely rare Z-28 prepared for racing in 1969
- A timeless symbol of the muscle car era

When Ford's competitors discovered the astonishing sales figures for the Mustang at the end of 1965, they kicked themselves for not having launched their own "pony cars" sooner. By that, they meant a compact car with flattering looks but a range of options to add flair and power to the basic package. Chevrolet's answer arrived in September 1966 (for the 1967 model year) with its Camaro. Success soon followed, marking the start of a fierce rivalry between the Mustang and the Camaro. It was a small step from "pony cars" to "muscle cars", one they would take with the generous American V8s, which gave the most powerful versions - like the most extreme model in the Camaro range, the Z-28 - an impressive turn of speed.
This Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 is exceptional as a genuine racing car which was prepared by a private team when it left the factory. It was sold new in New York in Daytona Yellow with a black interior. Its first owner was none other than the Tom Norquest Martin Racing team (NYC). Norquest used the car for circuit racing, chiefly at Watkins Glen, from 1970-75. It finished a notable 2nd there in 1972, driven by Jim Ostrum. A handwritten notebook from the period, included with the paperwork for the car, relates the story of each race in which it competed, detailing the work carried out, the driver's impressions, the modifications made and the parts changed. In 2004, it turned up in storage and was sold for $27,500 in Norway, where it was restored and continued to race, mainly in Scandinavia. The 302 engine has been rebuilt and develops approximately 500 bhp. Also on file are two FIA passports, from 2007 and 2015. Today, the car is in excellent working order and is a rarity, as the cars which raced in period have become impossible to find!

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1969-chevrolet-camaro-z-28-trans-am-fia-race-car-3980-108

Photos © Kevin Van Campenhout