Silly Stripes: 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – NOW $32,995
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June 6, 2022 Update – The seller just replaced their second expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. In their third listing in as many months, the seller decided to lower their asking price from $34,995 to $32,995.
May 6, 2022 Update – The seller of this 1974 Camaro Z/28 just replaced their expired original listing with a fresh Craigslist ad. In it, the pictures, description, and asking price all remain the same.
Sadly, by 1974 high insurance rates combined with the Arab Oil Embargo one year earlier and tightening emissions made performance cars less desirable. By 1975, storied performance brands such as the GTO, Barracuda, and Challenger were phased out while Ford made the Mustang II a Pinto-based shadow of its former self while moving the Cougar upmarket to compete with General Motors (“GM”) “Colonnade” hardtops. Despite strong sales, it’s not surprising that Chevrolet Marketers decided to phase out the Z/28 before the start of the 1975 model year.
In addition to the new, heavier safety bumper front end, Chevrolet stylists switched the graphics from the separated two-strip design to a polarizing three-stripe look. We’re pleased the restorer of this 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 currently listed here on Craigslist in Bennet, Colorado (Denver) elected to have the stripes reapplied following a new paint job three years ago. The seller reports only five thousand miles for the odometer reading, so you’ll have to confirm with the seller whether that’s an error or the mileage accrued since the car’s restoration.
Currently offered for $32,995 (the original ask was $34,995), comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Z/28 priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $25,700 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $35,700. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $33,800 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $51,000.
Chevrolet launched the second-generation version of General Motors (“GM”) F-Body, the Camaro, in the spring of 1970. Longer, lower, and wider than the first-generation model, GM engineers focused on making the second-generation Camaro more of a driver’s car. Despite the larger, fastback hardtop styling, the basic unibody structure utilizing a front subframe, A-arm, and coil spring front suspension combined with a leaf-sprung rear axle design remained in place.
Engineers refined the chassis and suspension of the second generation for both performance and comfort. Base models offered significant advances in sound-proofing, ride isolation, and road-holding. The extensive experience Chevrolet engineers gained racing the first-generation Camaro led directly to advances in second-generation Camaro steering, braking, and balance.
The 1974 Camaro grew seven inches longer, thanks to new aluminum bumpers required to meet federal standards and a forward-sloping grille. Round taillights were replaced with a rectangular wraparound design. It was the last year to have a flat rear window, with thick roof pillars. This was the last year of the RPO Z28 and featured a 350 cubic inch V8 based on the Corvette’s L82 engine. 1974 Camaro sales increased to over 150,000 units, of which 13,802 were Z28s (the highest 2nd-generation Z28 production to this time) despite the energy crisis fueled by the Arab Oil Embargo.
The Emulsion Alchemist YouTube Channel features this 1974 “Selling Sport Lines” Chevrolet Deal training video covering all of Chevrolet’s performance models that year. Talk about the Z/28 starts about four minutes in:
While the wheels, aftermarket gauges, and chrome engine dress-up kit won’t win you any preservation class awards, based on the pictures provided it would be a straightforward process to bring the car up to Concours-level originality, should you so choose. 1974 Z/28s are one of the rarest model years to come by, so chances are good you’ll have the only one when you drive it to the show of your choice.
If you are serious about buying this Z/28, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (303) 550-9940. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their rare Camaro featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1974 Chevy Camaro Z28. This is a real deal Z28,1 974 was the last year for the Z28 until it reappeared in late 78. She has a 350 v8 motor with a 4 barrel carb and new dual exhaust, 4spd manual transmission, and a 10 bolt rear end. Brand new rims and tires. The new paint and interior were done about 3 years ago and look great! This Z28 looks and runs fantastic.”
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