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    1969 Camaro Z28

    I was driving through Tulsa recently and came across a car dealer that restored cars. There were several interesting examples there but this one caught my eye. Probably because I once owned one of these. I purchased mine new in 69 and had a great time with it for a few years. Mine was blue with white stripes.

    Re: 1969 Camaro Z28

    This has to be one of the most uncompromising performance cars ever released to the public by a manufacturer. This was the car that Roger Penske and Mark Donohue took racing, with little modification, and won the Trans-Am championship.

    This was also the sorriest example of personal transportation you can possibly imagine. Driving around town it would sputter and spit and cough like a three pack a day smoker. Around 3000 rpm things would start to smooth out a bit and above 4000 it was just "OhMyGod"! And a transmission and clutch that would take any amount of abuse you wanted to give it.

    Looking at this motor I was really tempted. Then I started thinking of the reasons I sold mine in the first place. Owning a true high performance car in that era took a bit more dedication then it does today. Take valve adjustment for example. This car needed valves adjusted about every 2000 miles and they had to be adjusted with the engine hot and running! I can still feel the hot oil running down my hands and splashing in my face.

    So, I managed to make it out of the showroom without buying it. Wasn't my color anyway.

    Re: 1969 Camaro Z28

    Thanks. What a nice trip down memory lane.

    Re: 1969 Camaro Z28

    Awesome ride GM Austin. I'm only 23, but my father (50) has had this car since he was 20. It's an all original, restored 1967 Shelby GT 350. He babies it, but isn't afraid to let the tires break loose once in a while . I've never driven anything like it in my life. It's a shame there won't be anything like good old American muscle again.



    Mike

    Re: 1969 Camaro Z28

    I don't think I will own one again because I know what a pain in the a** these cars really are. The example Mike is showing is close to the same sort of deal.

    But, then again ..... gosh, ... the purity of concept these vehicles brought with them! Wow! They only had two speeds: fast and stop! Anything besides that and they protested loudly. But the fast was just incredible.

     
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