Survivor 1973 Camaro Type LT RS Z28

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    Hello to all. I’m a new member here on the forum site but have enjoyed the excellent resource that the Nasty Z28 site has provided for quite some time.

    Today, I wanted to share my 1973 Camaro with you, as I’m considering putting her up for sale. She’s quite special as you will see in the photos. I have close to 200 detailed photos of the car available, but will post a few here to get your opinions and feedback. I know this is the best place for trained eyes to check the car out. Let me know what you think.

    Below is the ad I drafted up to use when I post the car for sale, or for a buyer here!

    I’ll post additional photos below this post in a comment.

    $59,000

    1973 Camaro LT RS Z28 – Original Survivor with a Twist


    Who doesn’t love a good car story? Well, this car has quite a story to tell…


    This 1973 Camaro Type LT RS Z28 was manufactured at the Norwood, Ohio production plant on February 23, 1973. It was exported to the Jack Harris Chevrolet Dealership in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada (which itself plays an important role, because Canada did an excellent job of documenting cars that were imported – and this car has that documentation through Vintage Vehicle Services, Inc.).


    This is a true survivor car, with a twist…more on the twist in a bit.


    The First Owner:


    The original owner purchased this car in March of 1973 and maintained ownership for the next 21 years, selling the car in 1994 after accumulating approximately 40,000 miles. The car was in Canada for that period of time and was used exclusively for cruising on perfect summer days and car shows. The original owner claimed that the car never saw a raindrop and has never been kept outside overnight (a claim we’ve all heard before, and I can’t ‘prove’ it to be true, but I challenge you to look at the pictures of this car and convince me otherwise).


    The original owner took some liberties with the car that are worthy of discussion. At the dealership, the car received undercoating and the owner opted to exchange the factory ‘Type LT’ grill badge with a ‘Z28’ badge (all other badges are original to the car).


    In 1975, a custom, fiberglass, L88 style hood was made for the car because the owner decided to add a few things to the engine compartment that wouldn’t fit under the stock hood (the original hood was removed but has been kept with the car to this day); he added GM Performance angled plug service heads (only available over the parts counter at the dealership – part #3991492), had the cylinders bored to .030 and then added an Accel Turbo kit (the period correct Turbo Boost gauge is still in the dash). These kits were good for about 7 or 8 PSI and were pretty cool back in the day.


    In 1977, the owner decided to up the cool-factor another notch by commissioning a well-known pinstriper to do a custom job on the car with the new hood installed. The pinstriper, Rick Brown, masterfully applied a beautiful red pin striping and signed and dated his work just under the Camaro badge on the nose of the car.



    The Second Owner:


    In 1994, the car was purchased by the second owner and was brought back into the United States (California). Again, this owner only drove the car for pleasure and to car shows. This owner continued the tradition of ‘no rain and no nights outside’. A few years later, the car was put into climate-controlled storage and remained there until 2008.


    Here’s that ‘twist’ I was telling you about in the beginning of this story…


    This car is an all-original survivor, down to the windshield wipers, but in 2008, the original, numbers matching, 350 CID, 245 HP, Rochester 4BBL, Turbo Fire V8 was removed (but lucky for us, was kept with the car to this day – just like the hood was).


    In 2008, the second owner brought the car out of storage and gave her a bit of a refresh under the hood along with some other enhancements. The following was done:


    · GM Performance ZZ572 engine

    · Hooker Headers

    · 3” Stainless Exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers

    · Aluminum radiator with dual electric fans

    · Sun Super Tach and Oil Pressure gauges

    · QA1 Front Coil-Over and Rear adjustable shocks

    · New suspension components

    · New steering components (center link, idler arm, inner and outer tie rod ends and adjusters, ball joints)

    · 3.73 gears changed to 4.10 gears – replaced stock rear differential cover

    · Rear sway bar replaced

    · Body mounts

    · Foose wheels and BFGoodrich tires

    · Kenwood Radio/CD player and speakers

    (Wish he would had kept the original wheels and the original AM radio)


    If you aren’t familiar with GM’s ZZ572 Performance Engine, she’s quite the beast. The short of it is she’s good for 620 horsepower; for the long of it, I would recommend you check out Chevrolet’s in-house performance website for all the details on this engine. You won’t be disappointed. This engine runs in the neighborhood of $16,000 from Chevrolet.


    The second owner continued to use the car for shows until he ultimately sold it in 2017 to Arizona Classic Cars, in Phoenix, Arizona.



    The Third Owner:


    On May 3rd, 2017, the car was sold to the third owner, a man from Houston, Texas. At the time of purchase, the car had 42,758 miles on the odometer. The car was transported back to Houston and the new owner carried on the tradition of ‘no rain and no nights outside’.


    During his ownership, a few more things changed (most of the things I wish he really wouldn’t have done, but hey, it was his car):


    · Replaced the Sun Super Tach and Oil pressure gauges with Auto Meter gauges

    · Replaced the original lower interior door panels with reproduction panels

    · Replaced the original door sill trim with reproduction sills

    · Installed new rear leaf springs

    · Replaced the Foose wheels with US Mags wheels

    · Installed Holley Street Avenger Carburetor (870 CFM, Electric Choke, Vacuum Secondaries – this change was a good one! – date code on the carb. Is 0947 or April 4th, 2017)


    Reasoning behind the lower door panel replacement: the previous owner had installed speakers in the lower door panels and this owner decided it wasn’t for him, so he removed those speakers – which left a hole – and then replaced the panels. Of note: the upper door panels, with the Type LT wood grain and all weather stripping are still original.


    I am the Fourth and current owner:


    I purchased the car on February 8th, 2018, with 43,498 miles on the odometer. The previous owner and I spent quite a bit of time discussing the car and its history. I also reached out to others that were familiar with the car and confirmed the details that I have shared about the car.


    During my ownership, I have done the following:


    · Replaced the US Mags wheels and BFGoodrich tires with American Racing Wheels and Cooper Cobra Tires

    · Added GM reproduction floor mats

    · Oil and Filter change using Brad Penn Grade 1 20W50 Partial Synthetic Oil and WIX Racing oil filter (part #51069R)



    This car is a true survivor and although she is no longer 100% original, here is what makes this car so special:


    This car has never been restored.


    It’s uncommon to see a Type LT with both the Z22 (Rally Sport) and Z28 (Performance Package) options, plus she has the M21 Muncie 4 speed.


    I have the original, numbers matching 350 engine along with the original hood wearing original paint.


    This car still has her original paint, and it is in immaculate condition (if you have any doubt, the pictures will speak for themselves – she’s remarkable).


    The car has all original interior (minus the items I discussed earlier).


    All original glass, trim, weather stripping, and even the Trico windshield wipers are original to the car.


    In the pictures, you’ll see things like the original Type LT sound deadeners on the floor (under the carpet), Fisher Body panel stampings, original dealer installed frame and underbody coating that looks like it was just sprayed on yesterday, original chrome door edge molding, the original urethane nose, original front brake rotors, calipers, pads, original production line markings on the hubs, etc.…the list goes on.


    If I didn’t mention it in the write-up, it’s still original on the car.


    A couple of exceptions:


    Somewhere along the way, the original gas cap was replaced. I don’t have the original one. Also, at some point, the front carpet was replaced. I don’t know which previous owner had that done, but the rear carpet appears to be original.


    In addition, I have the original owners manual, some original brochures, and the vehicle documentation from Vintage Vehicle Services from Transport Canada records.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Got tons more. Anything in particular you want to see?
     
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    Sharp car! If I'm the next owner I'm putting the original engine back in, original hood back on and looking for original style 5 spoke wheels.
     

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