• Listed on Jerry MacNeish’s Official 1967 Z28 Registry out of the 194 still known to exist
• Extremely rare vehicle; one of 602 Camaro Z/28s (group 4, code L) made in 1967
• One owner Z28 from 1967 to 2007 and showcased in multiple car magazines during ownership
• Believed to be 69,312 actual miles with supporting documentation
• Except for one correct repaint, the rest of the car is still original!
• Highly optioned, complete, numbers-matching, car making nearly 360 horsepower (SAE gross)!
• Correct Butternut Yellow exterior (code Y) with black ‘skunk’ stripes, full black vinyl roof (code 2) and black vinyl interior with bucket seats (code 760-Z)
• Numbers matching 302 CID V-8 engine with the correct original four-barrel Holley carburetor, solid lifters, cowl plenum and 11.0:1 compression ratio! (#7N215384 code: V0320MO March 20th, 1967, Casting #3892657, Date B227)
• Engine bay is very correct, even down to the water pump
• Numbers matching Muncie close-ratio, four-speed manual transmission (code M21 #P7D03 Tag #877459 April 3rd, 1967)
• Original Holley carburetor (#3916143-CT, Date code: 742)
• Numbers matching Positract 4.10 rear end (#QF0222G1, February 22nd, 1967)
• Optional 5J56 Heavy Duty Brakes with the rear brake pressure regulator valve
• Optional Special Z28 Cowl Plenum air cleaner
• Power steering with RPO N44 quick-ratio, power brakes with front discs
• Original factory Rally wheels and original caps
• All glass is original and date stamped
• Original owner had the dealer install Z28 emblems on both front fenders in 1969
• Correct Factory gauge package in center console
• Documentation includes original window sticker, original handwritten sales contract, original Protect-O-Plate and showcased in multiple car magazines and original air filter element with box.
After watching Ford’s runaway success with its Mustang since mid-April 1964, General Motors’ response was finally ready two-and-a-half years later, the Chevrolet Camaro. At MotoeXotica Classic Cars, we have one of the first Z28 Camaros ever produced - before the ZL-1, COPO Camaros and the Yenkos – the original 1967 Z/28!
Not only is this an extremely rare vehicle; one of 602 Camaro Z/28s (group 4, code L) made in 1967 and listed on Jerry MacNeish’s Official 1967 Z28 Registry out of the 194 still known to exist today, the documentation and the history of this Z28 is astounding!
Larry and Shirley Ormsby purchased this highly optioned Z28 right out of the showroom floor at Berglund Chevrolet in Jamestown, New York on June 16th, 1967. The original dealer order form and the original check from Larry are still included with the vehicle! Because the Ormsby’s had three girls at the time, the salesmen, Art Almer, put another seat belt in the rear seat before it left the showroom floor! The Camaro today still retains all three rear seatbelts and the original window sticker.
The Ormsby’s used the Z28 as a family car and drove it to work. Shirley drove the Camaro most of the time and Larry raced it on Sundays. At the drag strip with the small 15” tires, the car could not get much traction but turned the quarter mile at 14.5 seconds at 99 miles per hour in third gear through the traps! In 1969 Larry took the Camaro to the dealer and had them install a pair of Z28 emblems on the front fenders like the model year 1969 Z28 had.
Through the 1970’s the Ormsby’s used the Z28 as a family car and even took it on a road trip to Mackinaw Island, Michigan with their kids. In the late 1970’s when gas took a big price increase and the octane went down, they couldn’t drive the Camaro anymore. So they put it into the garage for a decade of sleep. Finally in 1988, they decided to get the Z28 correctly resprayed with a new vinyl top. They started showing the car at Camaro shows, just to prove that they had a 1967 Z28, one of only 602 produced and that they were the original owners and had all the original documentation. They became a member of the Camaro Club of Allegheny Region out of Olean, New York and the members really enjoyed this original owner 1967 Z28!
In 2007, the Ormsby’s were getting older decided to sell the Z28 in 2008 and the car was sold at auction to family here in St. Louis Missouri.
This example is one of 602 Z/28s made during 1967. It was assembled at General Motors’ Norwood, Ohio (VIN code N) factory during the first week of May 1967, a complete, numbers-matching Z/28. It left the factory with the many options – Courtesy Lamp, Power Brakes, Disc Brake EQ, Tinted Glass, Center Console, Wood Steering Wheel, Interior Decor Package, Vinyl Roof, Cluster, Exterior Package, Special Z28 Package and Optional Special Z28 Cowl Plenum Air Cleaner, Rear Antenna, Power Steering, Special Steering, 5J56 Heavy Duty Brakes, 4.10 Special Rear Axle, Black Vinyl Trim and Rear Seat Speaker.
The car’s correct Butternut Yellow (code Y) paint and chrome trim are in overall excellent condition. Black “skunk” stripes on the hood and trunk lid offer stark contrast to the body color and the car features a full, black vinyl roof (code 2) that has its own excellent condition. The body is straight and solid, the cargo area is in very good order, the engine bay is extremely tidy, the battery appears new and the car’s chrome bumpers are in very good order.
This Z/28 rolls on Firestone Super Sports ‘Sup-R-Belt’ redline, wide oval tires, size F70-15 all around. Each one is mounted to a original factory Z28 rally wheel with original center caps. The tires and wheels are all in good, original order.
Inside, the black vinyl interior (code 760), represents in good, original order. The black front buckets (code Z), rear bench with dealer installed 3 seatbelts and headliner look as they did when the car left the factory. The Chevy three-spoke steering wheel looks great and has the optional wood rim. The black dashboard and inner door panel reflect the rest of the interior originality theme, as does the factory center console with flock of ancillary gauges and a clock positioned ahead of the shift lever. A factory AM radio completes the interior. All the glass around the Z28 is original and stamped but the front windshield has a quarter sized crack near the pillar on the driver side.
Under the hood is very tidy and extremely correct with the numbers matching 302 V8 (#7N215384 code: V0320MO March 20th, 1967, Casting #3892657, Date B227), original Holley carburetor (#3916143-CT, Date code: 742), optional Special Z28 Cowl Plenum air cleaner, numbers matching Muncie close-ratio, four-speed manual transmission (code M21 #P7D03 Tag #877459 April 3rd, 1967) and the numbers matching Positract 4.10 rear end (#QF0222G1 February 22nd, 1967).
The Z/28 performance package was designed (with further modifications) to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am Series. It was introduced in December 1966 for the 1967 model year and was the brainchild of Vince Piggins, who conceived offering “virtually race-ready” Camaros for sale from any Chevrolet dealer. This option package was not mentioned in any sales literature, so it was unknown to most buyers.
It featured a 302 CID V-8, with a three-inch stroke crankshaft, four-inch bore, an aluminum intake manifold, and a four-barrel vacuum secondary Holley carburetor of 780 cfm and a 11.0:1 compression ratio. The engine was designed specifically to race in the SCCA Trans-Am Series (which required engines smaller than 305 CID). Backing this motor is a Muncie close-ratio, four-speed manual transmission (code M21) and a 4.10:1 rear end plus traction bars. Driver convenience features include power steering and power brakes with discs in front.
Advertised power of this engine was listed at 290 horsepower. This is an under-rated figure. Chevrolet wanted to keep the horsepower rating at less than one horsepower per cubic inch, for various reasons (e.g. insurance and racing classes). The factory rating of 290 hp occurred at 5300 rpm, while actual peak for the high-revving 302 was closer to 360 horsepower with the single four-barrel carb.
The 302 CID V-8 was the product of placing the 283 CID, three-inch stroke crankshaft into a four-inch bore 327 CID cylinder-block. The 302 used the same nodular cast-iron crankshaft as the 283, with a forged steel crank that was also produced. This Z/28 received air from an optional cowl plenum duct attached to the side of the air cleaner that ran to the firewall and received air from the cowl vents. Fifteen-inch rally wheels were included with Z/28s.The origin of the Z/28 nameplate came from the RPO codes - RPO Z28 was the code for the Special Performance Package. RPO Z27 was for the Super Sport package.
Its solid-lifter cam, known as the “30-30 Duntov” cam named after its 0.03 in/0.030 in hot intake/exhaust valve-lash and Zora Arkus-Duntov, the “Father of the Corvette,” was also used in the 1964-1965 carbureted 327/365 and fuel injected 327/375 engines. It used the ‘202’ 2.02 in/1.6 in valve diameter high-performance 327 double-hump ‘461 heads, pushrod guide plates, hardened ‘blue-stripe’ pushrods, edge-orifice lifters to keep more valvetrain oil in the crankcase for high-rpm lubrication, and stiffer valve springs. In 1967, a new design high-rise cast-aluminum dual-plane intake manifold with larger smoother turn runners was introduced for the Z/28.
Another popular service-parts-only component used on the 302 was the magnetic-pulse Delco transistor-ignition ball bearing distributor. Introduced in 1963 on Pontiac's 389 and 421 CID drag racing engines, General Motors fitted it to the 1967 Z/28 before they used it on the L88 427 CID Corvette. It eliminated the production breaker-point ignition, allowing greater spark energy and more stable ignition timing at all engine speeds including idle. This was one of the least talked about yet most transformative and comprehensive performance and durability upgrades of its time.
Competition to this Z/28 in 1967 included the Avanti II, Ford’s Mustang GT, Mercury’s Cougar Marauder GT, Plymouth’s Barracuda S 383 and Pontiac’s Firebird Sport Coupe HO.
Camaro collectors, Chevrolet connoisseurs and those seeking a special, uncommon car owe it to themselves to visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars to inspect this complete, documented, numbers-matching 1967 Camaro Z/28 for themselves!
Engine code: #7N215384 code: V0320MO March 20th, 1967
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 69,312 miles and is believed to be original with supporting documentation. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt Missouri title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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