Volume I, Issue 5, Page 36

By Paul Zazarine

Why does the second generation Z28 always come in second place?

Face it. The Chevy world loves the 1969 Z/28. It’s an icon of the muscle car era and there are few -- if any -- Chevrolet products more collectable. Check out price guides like the CPI Collectible Vehicle Value Guide and you’ll discover that the hobby is paying more than $100,000 for a straight-up ’69 Z/28. Fair enough.

But what doesn’t seem right is that the 1970-1/2 Z28 (‘67–‘69 Z/28s have a “/” while the ’70-1/2 doesn’t) can’t pull half of what its predecessor gets on the auction block. Talk about no respect. Rarity isn’t an issue, since 20,302 1969 Z/28s were built and only 8,733 ’70-1/2s were sold less than a year later!  Performance can’t be a factor, since as tested these two ran almost neck and neck:

1969 Z/28  14.34/101.35 Hot Rod January 1969
1970-1/2 Z28 14.11/102.73 Car Craft January 1970-1/2

Okay, so the ’70-1/2 had the minutest of margins over the ‘69 Z/28 during track testing. Road tests of the day noted the improvement in the ‘70’s steering and handling over the ‘69 Z/28, especially the mannerisms of the rear end under hard corning. In many respects, the ’70-1/2 Z28 is a more sophisticated package than the ’69 edition in terms of styling, engineering and overall performance. The 1970–1/2 was longer, lower and wider and sported a wider track, all contributing factors to its superior cornering acumen over the ’69. Before you start emailing the magazine demanding my head, consider the following.