Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rarest Camaro in the World: COPO 1968 Camaro Z/28 Convertible

1968 Camaro Z28 convertible. by motoryeti

1968 Camaro Z/28 convertible

This was originally a signal ordered (1 of 1) COPO Camaro built specially for Chevrolet general manager Elliott "Pete" Estes. The first year that Camaros were built, back in 1967, the Z/28 was only built for the SCCA racing circuit and was not a car you would find at your local dealership. But Chevrolet was ready to change that for '68 and the only way to do that was to get Estes to go along with the project.

The Chevrolet Special Project Division wanted to make the Z/28 open to the public and ready for showrooms and public roads. But they knew the only way to get that project to go forward was to get Estes's Okay. So Chevrolet's plan was to give Estes a Z/28 to drive and make him fall in love with it. The only problem was Estes only drove convertibles and if they gave him a hard-top it would only get parked in the company garage and never move. So Chevrolet decided to build him a convertible Z/28, and they made the right move. Estes drove the Camaro as a daily driver, loved it and gave the go-ahead on the project for a full line of Z/28's for '68.

Where is the 1969 Z/28 Convertible?

After Estes sold the Camaro in December of '67, this beautiful rare Camaro was not really known to the public as it spent more than 20 years being sold back-and-forth to front office GM employees. But in 1991, the Camaro made it to a public auction and at that time became the highest selling muscle car of all-time at the price of $172,000.

Unfortunately for the buyer, Al Maynard, when the purchase was made, all of the special parts had been removed and the Camaro was put back to stock. But Maynard had a plan for that, he bought another Camaro equipped with everything that originally came with the Z/28 back in '68 and put the car back to its original state.

Maynard said, "This is the Pete Estes car! It has all the original sheet metal with absolutely nothing changed. Everything is date coded correctly, and every piece is absolutely correct. It is the only one in the world." This Camaro is truly a gem and in today's standard, if a Camaro like this rolled across the Barrett-Jackson Auction block it could possibly fetch about a million maybe more.

Special Parts:
  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Auxiliary Console-Mounted Instruments
  • Auxiliary Lighting 
  • Power Windows
  • Remote Outside Mirrors 
  • Custom Seat Belts 
  • Positraction
  •  1969 Prototype Fiber Glass Hood 
  • Cross Ram Air Hood 
  • Coated Factory Headers 
  • Performance Suspension Package
  • Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Blue Light Stereo Radio 

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