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From a Private Northwest Collection
One of the Chevy Camaro’s most celebrated options was the Special Performance Package, coded Z28, which included a special 302 cid Turbo Fire V-8, a dual exhaust system, and a sport-tuned suspension. The Z/28 offered Chevrolet an ideal basis for entry into Trans Am racing, and Mark Donohue’s highly successful Penske Camaros won 10 out of 13 races during the 1968 season.
This Z/28 is one of just 206 examples factory-optioned with code JL8, the desirable four-wheel disc brakes. When the car arrived at Casey Cole Chevrolet in Bradford, Pennsylvania, for retail, it received two noteworthy OEM options installed by dealerships, a cross-ram dual-carburetor intake manifold and the lightweight fiberglass hood. These competition specifications are essentially identical to the Trans Am cars raced by Donohue, and this Z/28 is believed to be one of approximately 50 examples so equipped.
Still accompanied by its Protect-O-Plate warranty placard, as well as a notarized affdavit from the original owner, this well-documented Camaro was restored while in the collection of Otis Chandler, one of the most renowned collectors of American muscle cars. During this period, the car was also featured in American Muscle: Muscle Cars from the Otis Chandler Collection, automotive writer Randy Lefngwell’s book about Mr. Chandler’s collection. With a chain of only seven owners and displaying approximately 32,100 miles, this sensationally equipped and ideally maintained Camaro is clearly one of the most desirable examples of the revered Z/28 to be offered in recent history.
OFFERED FROM A PRIVATE NORTHWEST COLLECTION
Gooding & Company is pleased to offer an exceptional group of low-production postwar sports cars from a visionary private northwest collection. This selection comprises some of the best-specified and finest examples extant of each model: a BMW 507, a Camaro Z/28, a Mazda Cosmo, and a Toyota 2000 GT. In addition to their impressive quality, these cars remain well-known, noteworthy examples.
The consignor’s passion for cars extends back to his childhood, and he still owns his mother and father’s 1956 Thunderbird, which they purchased new. Over the past couple of decades, the collection has grown in depth and scale, with an eye toward innovative design; and now encompasses unusual German, Italian, American, and Japanese sports cars, each meticulously chosen and exhaustively maintained at the highest level. Furthermore, many of the collection’s cars see both concours and driving use with regularity.
With the time and effort dedicated to acquiring and presenting each of these four cars, the presence of these automobiles at auction should be seen as a significant opportunity for an astute collector who shares the equal desire to own the very best.