Yesterday, January 13, we brought you the news that a MINT 1969 COPO Camaro is crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona, auction at the Westworld of Scottsdale January 12-19, 2014. On the same note, we’d like to introduce you to a well-known, ultra rare 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 “Old Reliable” that will also cross the stage during the same event.
Lot number 5036, “Old Reliable,” will head to Scottsdale with its original Bronze exterior and Black interior scheme that made it recognizable nationwide in the 60’s and 70’s. The car was driven by racing legend, Dave Strickler, who went on to 16 National Class Championships, 41 National and World records, and a World Championship title. The all-original balanced and blue printed 302ci small-block engine, connected to a four-speed manual transmission, still sits between the frame rails. The 1968 NHRA World Champion car is still capable of consistent E/Ts of 11.20 at more than 119.00mph (it last ran on a track in 1998).
This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 “Old Reliable” was prepared by Jenkin's for the 1968 NHRA Super Stock season. The race car went on to dominate that year, bringing home the victory at the NHRA Super Stock All-Star Meet held at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. At the time, the 1968 Super Stock World Championship was the highest award for its class. The car’s fastest time was an 11.70 at 116mph with a stock Z/28 intake manifold and carburetor, stock hood, Stahl headers, 5.38:1 gears, and 9-inch slicks.
“Old Reliable” has been featured in over 30 automotive publications, dating from 1968 thru ’69. It is considered the most famous Z/28 Camaro in race car history due to its extensive use with Champion Spark Plugs and Hooker Headers advertising campaigns.
This one-of-a-kind 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will head to the Barrett-Jackson auction at the Westworld of Scottsdale January 12-19, 2014. Be sure to hit-up the event to see this legendary drag-race car that still has the original racing components, including the decals and lettering that gave it the iconic image we still know today.