1969 Camaro Z/28 – Goodguys 2016 MSD Muscle Car of the Year Finalist
They say that good things come to those who wait. For Larry Christensen of Arvada, Colorado, it took some 25 years of waiting to have the car of his dreams, but as you can see from the pictures, his patience was well rewarded with this beautiful 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
Christensen has been restoring classic Camaros for the last 30 years and it was shortly into his restoration career that he caught wind of this very special 1969 Z/28. As the story goes, the car was originally ordered by V. Gaines of Pro Stock drag racing fame. The car was to be equipped with a Cross Ram setup, along with many other high-end options that made the car one of a kind. Even though many claims have been made about Cross Rams being shipped in the trunks to dealerships with these cars, this is the only documented Z/28 in which that was the case– a fact witnessed and backed by Gaines himself.
Due to some issues at the time, Gaines never actually took possession of the Camaro, so after it was shipped to his dealership, it was put up for sale. He may never have actually owned the Camaro, but the car was known from then on as V. Gaines’ Z/28.
Christensen, saw it listed in his local newspaper sometime in the 1980s. When Christensen contacted the owner, he was told that the car was not going to be sold. But Christensen never forgot about the car and as it turns out, several years later the car went up for sale again and he was then able to purchase the famed Z/28.
Over the last 17 years, Christensen has collected countless NOS components to build the car back to as close to original condition as possible. The last piece of the puzzle came together at the 2015 Goodguys Colorado Nationals, where Christensen stunningly found the original engine block for the car up for sale. Coincidence? You decide.
Displayed with the Cross Ram intake in the trunk as it originally was at the dealership, the Z/28 features its original 302c.i. V8 engine with a GM aluminum intake and aluminum valve covers, a Muncie M22 transmission, original front and rear suspension systems and even one of just 206 original sets of factory-installed 4-wheel disc brakes. The car rides atop 15×7-inch YH-code Rally wheels wrapped in Goodyear rubber. Inside, you’ll find the car’s original gauges prominently displayed under a NOS dash pad, as well as a Hurst shifter, original Rosewood steering wheel, and GM Comfort Weave seats.
A truly spectacular piece of Camaro history, the car was given a 97.6-percent authenticity rating at the Camaro Nationals Concours in June of 2016.