This Is the Only Chevy with a GM Factory Hemi Engine

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Hey, remember that time when General Motors built an Hemi engine and put it in a Chevy Camaro? No, we haven't been sniffing glue. There is one such car. Just one.
It's a 1969 Z/28 with an aluminum small-block Hemi 302 that was built with track performance in mind, namely for the SCCA Trans-AM racing series. And it gets double coolness points because it's a factory prototype, so you won't find another one like it anywhere.

The hemispherical combustion chamber comes with special pistons, aluminum heads, magnesium valve covers, cross-ram intake and two Holley carburetors. Developed in 1968, unofficially, by Chevrolet's racing division, all the parts carry numbers which identify them as prototypes. There is also a prototype aluminum water pump installed while the crankshaft and connecting rods are stock.

Otherwise, the'69 Camaro is squeaky clean. Everything you'd expect to find on a model of this vintage is there, inside and out: JL-8 equipment, ZL2 hood, D80 spoiler, black interior with a wooden steering wheel and a Hurst gear shift. Of course, the ultra-rare aluminum engine wasn't on this car originally, but was put in when it was restored.

As Hot Rod Magazine tells us, the fuel tank was replaced and the whole fuel system was cleaned, back in 2006. At about the same time, the engine was taken apart, checked, cleaned and rebuilt, with custom-made replacement gaskets. Then it was put into the Z/28, the car was detailed and sent back to its (very) happy owner, Rick George. It was also on display at Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum, in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Rick George is no stranger to Camaros. He's actually an authority on the matter. He founded Rick's First Generation Camaro in 1988 and has been president at Classic Headquarters since 2000.
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