What Makes the 1972 Z28 Camaro a True Gem? Uncover Its Vintage Charm!

Let’s step into the world of vintage Chevrolet Camaros, where the spotlight often shines on the celebrated 1969 COPO ZL1. But there’s a gem that holds a special place in our hearts the 1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

It may not be as famous, but it stands out as the perfect track-toy classic, designed for SCCA Trans-Am homologation, and known as the lightest and most track-capable version of the first-gen Camaro.

Time Travel to the Z28’s Debut

In 1967, the year when the Z28 made its debut, it found only 602 buyers in its first year. Fast forward to 1969, and that number soared to 7,199 units. By 1970, a whopping 20,302 Z28’s hit the roads.

This success paved the way for the Z28’s continued production into the second generation. Now, in 2023, the first-gen Z28 still reigns supreme as the most iconic and sought-after iteration.

The Stunning 1972 Z28 in Mohave Gold

While the 1969 design has its allure, the early 1970s version, especially when adorned with the Z28’s distinctive twin stripes, captivates enthusiasts.

A shining example is the immaculate 1972 Z28 in Mohave Gold, a true testament to the car’s timeless appeal.

A Well-Preserved Beauty

Unearthed by YouTube’s “Corner Classic Car Hunter” at a classic car auction, this Z28 appears freshly restored but surprises with its status as a low-mileage survivor.


With only 7,722 miles on the odometer, this Mohave Gold beauty stands as a genuine time capsule.

Presumably residing as a garage queen, sheltered from the elements, the Z28 showcases a flawless Mohave Gold finish, complemented by the iconic twin stripes adorning the hood and trunk lid.

Shiny chrome bumpers accentuate its exterior perfection, while the interior boasts tan seats, brown carpets, and a greenish/gold dashboard a nostalgic ode to the early 1970s.

Peek Under the Hood

Beneath its pristine exterior lies the original 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) small-block V8 engine, introduced in 1970 as an upgrade from the initial 302-cubic-inch (4.9-liter) unit.

Originally flaunting a robust 360 gross horsepower, the engine’s net rating dipped to 275 horses in 1971 due to a compression ratio decrease.

By 1972, adapting to new emission and consumption restrictions, the Z28 rolled off the factory line with a net rating of 255 horsepower, delivering its power to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission.

A Rarity on Wheels

Beyond being a museum-grade, unrestored classic, this Z28 emerges as a rare find in the Chevrolet lineage. In 1972, amidst the sale of 68,651 Camaros, only 2,575 units were equipped with the Z28 package less than 4% of the total production.

Having made its appearance at an auction in the summer of 2023, the Z28 went under the hammer, with the bidding reaching $70,000 before it left the stage with a “bid goes on” status.

While the final price remains undisclosed, $70K seems like a bargain for a muscle car of this caliber. Witness the allure of this classic in the video below, capturing the essence of a bygone era that continues to captivate automotive enthusiasts.

What’s your favorite vintage Camaro memory? Share in the comments below, and let’s reminisce about these classic rides together! Don’t forget to hit the like button and share this article with your family and friends who appreciate timeless automotive gems.


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