In 1966, the Sports Car Club of America debuted an all-new racing series that would attract attention away from its popular Production racing classes and produce some of the best racing ever seen on American race tracks: the Trans American Sedan Championship, or Trans Am. Because it awarded not only a driver’s championship but also one for manufacturers, the series exerted the same level of influence on the factories’ pony-car offerings as NASCAR had on intermediates.
The Trans Am presented a brand new venue for car companies to market their products, and Chevrolet began developing a special-performance package to homologate the new Camaro before it even entered dealer showrooms. The result was the Z28, which by 1969 had reached its fullest expression as a no-holds-barred performer.
This 1969 Z28 is one of only 206 Camaros built with the JL8 brake package, originally developed for the Penske Racing Trans Am team. The special ducted hood opens to reveal the 302/290bhp engine, which is fitted with rare chambered exhaust. Other features on this beautiful restoration include front and rear spoilers, Fathom Green paint and white stripes, rally wheels and a white-on-black houndstooth interior.
Mecum Auctions will be offering this example at their upcoming Monterey auction between the 18-20th August, the estimated value is between $120,000 – $150,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.