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1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Emerges From a Garage With 38K Miles, LT-1 Survivor

1970 was a year of change for the Camaro. It witnessed the debut of a new generation and the introduction of the famous LT-1 engine for the Z28.
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Replacing the original 302 used on the initial Z28 version, the LT-1m made its way to the Camaro from the Corvette, generating 360 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque. Additionally, Chevrolet offered the Z28 with a 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission as optional, providing customers with an alternative to the four-speed manual unit already available on the Z28.

People who want to get a closer look at a "very" original 1970 Z28 can check out the example listed on Craigslist this week, and coming in impressive shape.

The car spent most of its life in a climate-controlled garage, so it preserved its survivor condition quite beautifully. It's not a spotless Camaro, but the original Citrus Green paint looks impressive. The interior is gorgeous, too, with the owner explaining that it looks like "it did the day it rolled off of the factory floor." The rust isn't a problem on this Camaro, as the car has never heard of metal damage since it left the assembly plant.

Its condition isn't the only impressive tidbit about this Z28. The Camaro sports just 38,000 miles (approximately 61,000 km) on the clock; all are original. The matching numbers engine runs flawlessly, and it's paired with a 4-speed transmission (the original owner wanted to stick with the traditional option, so they didn't order the new optional automatic transmission).

Almost everything on this Camaro is still in place, and the only parts missing are the smog equipment and the factory jack. It's hard to consider them a reason to walk away, though, mainly because a restorer should be able to find these parts quite easily.

As for what's not original, the only thing Chevrolet didn't install is the shifter knob. The owner says the Camaro now comes with a white knob, whereas the original was finished in chrome.

Otherwise, this Z28 is a beautiful survivor that needs a new home where it can preserve its original condition. Collectors might want to install the missing parts to bring the car back to its all-original glory. The owner describes the car as a "turn-key survivor," so it doesn't need anything if you want to get behind the wheel and enjoy driving a rare gem.

The selling price makes perfect sense for this Z28, especially considering its current shape. The owner will let it go for $59,000, and you can head over to Phoenix to see it live. Given its condition, you should be able to drive the car home on its wheels, but if you want to preserve the low mileage, you might want to bring a trailer too.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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