Here’s what makes the ’69 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 the muscle car of choice in the late ’60s | Taza Khabre


  • This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a classic muscle car that has remained in its owner’s possession for over 50 years with only minor modifications.
  • Despite the smaller engine, the ’69 Camaro Z/28 is focused on handling, making it a nimble machine that can outrun more powerful muscle cars.
  • A well-maintained yellow Camaro with black stripes is a rare and valuable car, averaging $89,000 at auction.

When Mike Musto does his best to drive Tested Muscle for the Hemmings YouTube channel, you know it’s going to be an icon. After the Trans Am last time, in this episode he tries out the original ’69 car Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 for size – and it does not disappoint.

As noted in the video, the Camaro is one of the quintessential muscle cars, built in 1967 and initially referred to in the advertising media as more or less “The Beast That Eats Mustangs”. This is a great example of a Camaro that has been in its owner’s hands for 53 years – just one year short of its lifetime. This is the story.

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As the story goes, owner Monte Cizier saw a 1970 Camaro with a for sale sign at a gas station and went to negotiate. He eventually traded in his own ’65 Chevy Chevelle for a Camaro and has owned it to this day.

With only 59,000 miles, it has seen less than 1,000 miles per year and has not been modified either. Larger cross beams and other tires only. Mike says the ’69 Camaro is the best muscle car of the era, thanks to its focus on handling.

Of course, it settles for a smaller 4.9-liter V8 and only 290 hp. With the Z/28 package, which Mike likens to a tuning that makes the Camaro handle, corner and brake better, it’s a nimble machine that could put other heavier, more powerful muscle cars to shame.

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How much is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 worth today?

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He says it has front disc brakes, an M21 Muncie transmission with a Hurst shifter, and a great interior. It drives and handles perfectly, pulls to the moon, and is overall a very well-maintained muscle car with great specs.

It has yellow paint with black stripes and the hood adds to the look. Watch a video of Musto’s enthusiasm for this rare and valuable car that has been cared for for decades as if it were part of the owner’s family and still drives like a Mustang eater.

A 1969 Chevy Camaro Z/28 averages $89,000 at auction, making the trade-in Monte made on the Chevelle 5 decades ago worth a bargain, even though he won’t be selling it anytime soon.

Hagerty also estimates a good ’69 Z/28 is around $78,000.

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