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LOOK FOR CAMRO RESTORATION ON TV

The car was a “barn find” Camaro before being restored. It had not been driven or safety inspected since 1978. Over 35 years had passed between the time it was stored and when Marquis Auto Restorations (www.marquisautorestorations.com) of Philadelphia, Pa., discovered it. Its restoration was filmed for a new TV series debuting on the National Geographic Channel in spring 2009. The 1-hour episode will trace the car’s history from when it was found in a barn through the search for parts and its ultimate rotisserie restoration. 

After its discovery, the car entered the restoration process with Marquis Restorations using the advice of knowledgeable collectors and parts suppliers to restore it correctly. Codes on the car’s body tag codes indicates it was an authentic Z/28 with the X33 Rally Sport package. It also has a special paint code. The original special-order body color was Cadillac Athenian Blue. Traces were discovered after wet sanding through layers of dirt and paint. The car has white Rally Stripes. The correct Code 727 White standard interior was installed. The car has such features as an original Code DZ 302-cid engine, a date-coded distributor, an original No. 3932472 intake manifold and other unique-to-1969 engine parts like the fuel pump and oil filter. The engine carries a completely correct A.I.R. (air injection reactor) smog system, a 12-bolt posi-traction rear axle with 4.11:1 gearing and more. Chevrolet built 602 Camaro Sport Coupes with the Z/28 package in the first year of the option —1967. The Z/28 package was popular from the start and sales leaped to 7,199 cars in 1968. In1969, Camaro sales increased to 20,302. The restyled 1969 Camaro was the perfect repository for the Z/28’s redesigned high-output, small-block V-8.

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