The Chevrolet Z/28 is a Camaro Sport Coupe with PRO Z28 – an option package with a number of built-in modifications and features. Most notable, the engine. The Chevrolet Z/28 is an engineering masterpiece. A big-bore, short-stroke 302 cubic inch plant that very quickly delivers about the strongest 290 hp you’ll ever feel. And 290 hp is only the production stage of tune. That’s mostly what makes the Z/28 Chevrolet’s most unique 4-passenger model – and the closest thing going to a four- place sports car.
The Z/28 is very well behaved in ordinary traffic. Smooth. Comfortable. Maneuverable. Even docile if you like. The Z/28 can putt a long bumper to bumper traffic as adequately as it can hum along the turnpike. It’s a very handsome machine as well. You can see how determined it looks, with bold rally striping over the bonnet and rear deck. Very posh on the inside, too. With comfortable all-vinyl bucket seats, carpeting, attractive appointments. Add the tach and bank of instruments and it looks like all business. It can be had in any one of Camaro’s 15 Magic-Mirror exterior colors for ’68 – with contrasting striping and color-keyed interior trim.
The steering is fast ratio. The wheels are big; tires are nylon cord, and designed for more than a routine driving. The suspension is heavy duty, with special springs front and rear. The Z/28 must be ordered with a Chevrolet 4-speed floor-mounted transmission – which is a zipping to operate. Power front disc brakes must also be specified. The standard rear axle ratio is 3.73:1 – other ranges available to fit your foot.
The 302 engine comes from a 327 block and a special 283 crankshaft. Features include a Holley 4-barrel carb, high-winding mechanical valve lifters, aluminum inlet manifold, dual, deep-tone exhaust system, special cam, oil pump and a cooling system.
302-cu.in, V8 with special camshaft and mechanical lifters, aluminum “tuned inlet” manifold, high-capacity oil pump and special baffling in oil pan. The cooling system includes a double-belt fan drive, an external bypass, a water pump, a thermostatically controlled 5-blade fan with an operating range of 2300 to 2600 rpm. It also includes a chrome air purifier cover, seesaw covers, a filling tube and a cover. Dual exhaust system with double deep tone. Spring diaphragm diaphragm switch of bent finger diameter 10.34 “with load capacity 2300-2600 lb.
But what the Z/28 contains and how it looks loses relevance when you’re inside, behind the wheel and when you’re moving. That way you will find out what this car is about. The luxuries of the 302 engine are matched by cars with excellent road feel. With relatively low engine weight and heavier rear parts that provide improved weight distribution for extra traction on the drive wheels. It holds up nicely on bends and bends. As you accelerate, decelerate and howl, you feel that the Z/28 is doing exactly what you are looking for. He sticks to what’s going on along the way, but it’s not too hard. You can still enjoy a long turn behind the wheel – or a good ride.