1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 FIA Racing CarSOLD
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Estimate: $85,000-$125,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $85,250

Specifications: 407bhp, 305 cu. in. V8 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, Moser 12-bolt rear end, independent front suspension with A-arms, coil springs, Koni shocks and anti-roll bar, solid rear axle with leaf springs and Koni tubular shock absorbers, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108"

In 1970, four young Miami Region SCCA enthusiasts formed an unlikely alliance in order to pursue their dream of competing against the world ’ s best drivers. The “ Fab Four ” included John Maynard, an auto parts salesman, mechanic Pete Flanagan, Ed O ’ Connor, an office machine technician and free spirit John Oliver who just happened to own a 1969 Z-28 Camaro - a key team ingredient, as it would transpire!

Building Oliver ’ s Z-28 into a full-fledged FIA Group 4 race car was to take the better part of a year, as time and finances permitted. The first job of stripping out and removing all of the street equipment; seats, interior panels, carpets and glass progressed quickly and was carried out by S-CAR-GO team members. Tasks that required professional help were farmed out. A local engine shop blueprinted the Z-28 engine and the boys installed it along with an M-22 “ Rock Crusher ” four-speed, a Franklin quick-change rear end, stock car hubs, Koni shocks, HD springs and Corvette four-wheel disc brakes. Famous NART Ferrari fabricator Wayne Sparling, then Florida based, was persuaded to build and install an 8-point safety cage to the interior and Ed O ’ Connor, who excelled in electrical work, installed night time running lights including headlamps, three Marchal spot lights, door lights and a blinking roof lamp.

After qualifying well for the 24 Hour Race, they would attract a brief but unintended moment of international notoriety, as the S-CAR-GO Camaro was a participant in the first accident of the race! Chris Economaki ’ s National Speed Sport News and other media published a photo of the incident with the caption “ FIRST CRASH – A contact incident came early in the 24 Hours of Daytona when the No. 3 Martini & Rossi Porsche spun in the path of the Oliver/Maynard/Dobkin Camaro in Turn Two of the 3.81 mile circuit. Both cars continued but the Porsche had to stop for suspension repairs ” . When the checkered flag flew some 23 hours later, the S-CAR-GO Camaro was listed as mid-pack finisher but not running at the end due to a mechanical failure.

The team targeted its second FIA long distance race – the 12 Hours of Sebring to be run on March 20, 1971. The S-CAR-GO Camaro was repainted in black, numbered as “ 88 ” and new magnesium racing wheels were added. At the six hour mark and running well, they were up with leaders in the Touring Class, however their state of the art Franklin rear end disintegrated, forcing a retirement. They placing 35th overall after having completed 131 laps of racing. Drivers listed as finishing behind the S-CAR-GO Camaro included Mario Andretti, Jackie Ickx, Sam Posey and Masten Gregory – not a bad accomplishment for our four Florida friends.

Their ambitious dream had become a reality, but without a sponsor the team was forced to return to more cost efficient SCCA regional racing. The Z-28 Camaro was sold to Roberto “ Cowboy ” Gonzales who continued racing in Mexico and in nearby SCCA “ A ” Sedan events. The present Texas-based owner purchased it in 1999, after which he treated the Z-28 Camaro to a thorough and authentic restoration back to its initial Daytona race livery and mechanical configuration.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a historic racing Camaro from a wonderful but now long lost era of American Racing, an era in which a young man ’ s impossible racing dreams could actually be realized by dint of hard work, long hours and personal sacrifices. Addendum Please note that this vehicle is a race car and therefore offered on a Bill of Sale.

Reference Number 11659

as of 7/25/2007

Car 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 FIA Racing Car
VIN 124379NS94557 
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