|Where it all Started. I
stumbled across an intriguing classified ad on www.carbuyer.com.
The ad had since disappeared but I made a copy
of it for posterity.
Eventually, I learned this was the only place the car was ever
advertised for sale.
Note that "Z28" is not mentioned in the ad copy.
Also, the asking price ($30,000) is high, regardless of the car's
pedigree. Especially high for an unrestored car with high mileage.
I was somewhat dubious as to the authenticity and
condition of the car, but the picture was enticing and I really
wanted to find a 1967 Z-28.
I emailed the seller for more information, particularly
the car's trim tag codes.
After several days wherein the only reply consisted of
some photos shown to the right, I received a fax with a copy of the DMV
title, the VIN and
trim tag codes, and a few comments about the car's history and
The trim tag in particular confirmed that the car was a
Seller's Description. "The car was
purchased in 1988 from a gentleman in Hainesport, NJ. The previous, and
original, owner was from Penna. The mileage reported on the ad (72,000)
and on the title (87,500) were both incorrect -- the true mileage is
The car was repainted pre-1988 with incorrect striping -- the two white
racing stripes on the trunk and hood are supposed to stop at the lids'
edges. There is no visible rust and the metal is straight except for an
"amateurishly" repaired "ding" on the rear deck lid.
The photos show the original dealer-installed luggage rack. The car is
all original except for tires, engine bay hoses, and battery cables. (nb:
The seller was misinformed -- see "Getting a Second Opinion"
below). The engine was last serviced, including a carb rebuild, in Spring
1999 by Everett Johnson's in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
The interior is original, includes the optional console and gauges, but
there's a seam coming apart on the driver's seat.
Other than the VIN, DMV title, and cowl tag, there is no Protecto-Plate,
build sheet, invoice or any other documentation."
VIN and trim tag codes. The Vehicle Identification
Number, or VIN for short, decodes as follows:
Vehicle ID: 12437 = Camaro Sport Coupe with
Year: 7 = 1967
Plant: N = Norwood
Numerical vehicle ID number: 2347nn
The trim tag, located on the firewall just above and behind the brake
master cylinder, decodes as follows:
Build Date: 06B = June 2nd week
Interior Trim Color: E = Black
Model Year: 67 = 1967
Camaro Designation Code: "12437" = Camaro Sport Coupe with
Plant: "NOR" = Norwood Plant
Fisher Body Number: 134858
Interior Trim (Seats): 760Z = Black std buckets w/o headrests
Lower Body Color: E = Deepwater Blue
Roof Color: E = Deepwater Blue
Body Option Group 1: EL = Tinted glass, Fold-down rear seat
Body Option Group 2: 2LGSR = 4-speed, Console, Rear antenna, Rear
Body Option Group 3: (does not appear on trim plate)
Body Option Group 4: L = Z/28 package (302 engine)
Body Option Group 5: B = Bumper guards
Getting a second opinion. Jerry
MacNeish, the man who literally "wrote the book" on
first generation Z28s, lives only a couple of hours from New Jersey, where
the car was located. Coincidentally, he was already planning to drive up
to see a 1969 COPO Camaro. Jerry offered, for a fee naturally, to appraise
and authenticate the car I found on the web.
In two days, I had Jerry's
faxed report in hand.
Although the car appears to be a "real" 1967
Z28, Jerry found a high number of non-original parts. The engine block was
original but just about every other component wasn't. It wasn't that the
stuff was bad (e.g. the tranny and rear end appear to be from a 1968 Z28
or SS) -- it just wasn't original.
To make a long story short.
Jerry appraised the car, from a restoration point of view, much lower than
the asking price. I presented an offer based on the appraised
After a couple of days and a bit of "back and
forth", the seller accepted my offer.
The car was delivered cross-country and arrived in