Our Cars – 1968 Z/28 Daily Driver

 

1968 Z/28

During the summer months, Joy and Jerry MacNeish’s ’68 Z/28 can be found at most of the local cruise spots throughout the Baltimore area. This numbers match early production Z/28 features a very rare color combination; Matador Red exterior with White/Parchment deluxe interior. So what makes this Z/28 an early production car? It’s the 302 fender emblems. Z/28′s built from September 1967 until the first week of March, 1968 carried 302 badges on the front fenders. In mid-March, Chevrolet replaced the 302 emblems with Z/28 badges. The “Z” emblems were used through the end of 1968 production and actually carried over to the 1969 model year.

1968 Z/28 Interior

Our Z/28 is one of the last produced that carried factory 302 emblems. It was built the first week of March (03A). This Camaro Z/28 was purchased new at Gladding Chevrolet in Glen Burnie, Maryland by, Gary Ginnavan, and was one of the first ’68 Z/28′s to appear in the Baltimore area. Options include: rally sport, console, gauges, 3.73 posi rear axle, deluxe interior, tinted windows, front bumper guards, AM/FM radio, rear seat speaker, sport steering wheel, and power steering.
1968 Z/28

We’ve actually owned the car twice. It was first purchased it in 1976 only to sell it a year later to a local Camaro buff, Ray Chason, for the sum of $3500.00! That was a lot of money for a Z/28 in those days. Oddly enough, the car became available again in 1986. It was then that we purchased the car back from Ronnie Peters, a local drag racing buddy who picked it up from a friend of Ray Chason’s. We’ve owned this beautiful Z/28 ever since.

1968 Z/28 Engine

Past merit awards include: Super Chevy wins at Maple Grove and Englishtown, several World of Wheels first places, many local show first places, and the VCCA Preservation Award issued in 1992. Our Z/28 was also featured on the PBS television show, Motorweek (show #918). The original air date was January 27, 1990.

1968 Z/28 Engine

There was also a five page article published on Joy and Jerry’s red Z/28. This article appeared in the May/June 1992 issue of “Muscle Cars of the ’60′s and ’70′s.” It was also in 1992 that Joy and Jerry retired their red Z/28 from the car show circuit and devoted most of it’s time to local cruise nights.

1968 Z/28 Engine

So, if you’re ever in the Baltimore area at one of the local cruise spots, you’re likely to see Joy and Jerry’s 1968 Z/28. Don’t forget to come over and say hi!