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1969 Camaro Rally Sport Z/28 - Incredible History of World Travel - Provenance!!

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1969 Camaro Rally Sport Z/28 - Incredible History of World Travel - Provenance!! for sale

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It is impossible to talk about this car in a few short sentences so I apologize up front for the lengthy description.  Here is a teaser:  The rear license plate shown in the pictures was handmade for the car when it was in Africa.  
History of "The Travlin Z"
I purchased this magnificent car from the original owner in October. 2001 and completed the restoration he had began in 1987.  "Jerry" placed the order for his new 1969 Daytona Yellow Z/28 on July 15. 1968 at the firm of Lendrum and Hartman LTD in London. England.  Jerry was an employee for the US government and was working at the embassy in London.  He took delivery of the car in early December of 1968.
His career took him to several embassies throughout the world and his beloved Z was a constant companion.  Here is the travel history:
July 1968 - Ordered in London. EnglandNovember 1968 - Arrived in LondonApril 1970 - Shipped to Washington D. C. June 1970 - Driven to Mexico City (It is here in June 1972 that the car was painted Citrus Green)July 1972 - Driven to Duncan. Ok. September 1972 - Driven to Washington D. C. and then shipped to Istanbul. TurkeySeptember 1974 - Shipped to Dakar. SenegalFebruary 1975 - Driven from Dakar. taken by barge across Senegal River to Nouakchott. MaurataniaApril 1976 - Driven back to Dakar for shipment to Washington D. C. May 1976 - Driven across the USA for vacationSeptember 1976 - Arrives in Ottawa. Canada (not driven in winter months)September 1979 - Driven to Washington D. C. July 1981 - Driven to Kingston. Ok. where car was stored for 4 years.  This was the first time the car was not taken on assignment. October. 1985 - Driven to Springfield. Va. June. 1987 - Car taken off road and disassembledJune. 1995 - Car trailered to Reno. Nv. October 19. 2001 - Car purchased by me and trailered to Southern California
I have included pictures of some of the documentation for the car.  There are two thick folders of papers and pictures. Although not necessary due to the amount of documentation. I did have the car "certified" by Jerry MacNeish and his comments are pictured.  Here are some of the documentation highlights:
Original ordering receipt showing a $100 deposit on July 15. 1968Original ordering form showing options and pricesA $2800 loan receipt dated August 30. 1968Receipt from the shipping company Daniel Hustings LTD. Receipt from the dock where the car arrived Harwich Dock Co. LTD. As delivered vehicle invoice dated November 21. 1968 from General Motors LTD. on Stag Lane. Kingsbury. LondonA vehicle registration from LondonA vehicle registration form from Africa dated August 1975Many registrations from Virginia and OklahomaMany pictures of the car in England. Turkey. Africa and Canada.
In addition to many other pieces there is also a detailed log book of every maintenance item done to the car.  
The car has 94. 00 original miles and was disassembled in 1987.  Beginning in 1985 Jerry began buying new parts from the GM dealerships in anticipation of the restoration.  More on that in a minute.  
The car has never had any rust.  However. due to the fact that Jerry's goal was to make this car just like new he decided to replace any panel that had so much as a ding.  When the car was first delivered to London there was a small dent in the driver side door and although the shipping company paid to have it fixed Jerry was always aware there was a bit of filler.  He did not want that again!  The left door skin and both quarters were replaced with new GM pieces.  The front fenders. header panel and lower valance are all new GM parts.
When I first looked at the car in Jerry's garage I was very impressed although it was in pieces.  He then took me into a bedroom to show me the new GM parts he had purchased and I was blown away!  Shelves of GM boxes!  The car has new old stock parts literally from the front bumper (NOS) to the back bumper (NOS).  Here are some of the NOS GM highlights:
Every piece of stainless (window trim. rocker moldings. wheel well moldings. trim rings. drip rails. etc. )Every piece of rubber (door frame. roofrail. quarter window. window fuzzies. trunk. etc. )Every piece of chrome (front & back bumpers. rally caps. quarter trim. inner & outer mirrors. etc. )
The side glass is all original and perfect.  The front and back glass have been replaced.
The Black deluxe interior is completely original except for the carpet (reproduction). radio (NOS). shift ball (reproduction). window cranks (NOS). glove box liner (NOS). inner mirror (NOS). and the package tray (NOS).  The seats. door panels. headliner. sunvisors. dash pad. console. rosewood accents. steering wheel and gauges are all as they left the factory.  The driver side seat bottom has an imperfection.  The corner of the door panel has a repaired imperfection.  The early Walnut steering wheel is mint.
The Daytona Yellow paint is 9. 9 out of 10.  There are two imperfections that I have pictured.  One is at the bottom right lower corner of the back window (I chipped it installing the trim) and one speck on the right upper quarter that came up about 6 months after the car was painted.  I have had the speck looked at and the painter said color sanding it would not be advisable.  The rest of the car is outstanding.
The trunk is detailed with a NOS trunk mat. all of the original jack components and one of 5 original AD rally wheels.
The engine compartment was detailed using a picture Jerry took in 1970.  The placement of stickers. paint marks. routing of wires and hoses and other details were duplicated using the picture.  One example is the blending between Black and Yellow at the top of the firewall.
Driveline and Undercarriage
One could say this is a "matching numbers" car.  Many muscle cars these days that claim to have "matching numbers" actually have very few of their original driveline components.  Parts have been bought at swap meets and Ebay to cobble together their "matching numbers" claim.
Here is what this car has:  Every driveline component is original to the car except the short block.  In July of 1972 Jerry had received his next assignment and he was told by someone who had just from the same region that there was no premium gas and his high compression engine would have trouble.  Jerry went to the GM dealer in Oklahoma and purchased a new low compression short block.  He then installed all of the original components back on the new short block.  
I had a friend that had a perfectly dated original DZ block with it's original broach stamp and a VIN number down by the oil filter (came from a Van Nuys built car).  I had the VIN number of this car stamped on the engine pad (correct for an early Norwood built car).  I left the VIN number of the other car down by the oil filter.  The fact that the short block was changed is also documented in Jerry's log book.
Here are components the car left the factory with:  Heads. intake manifold. distributor. carburetor. exhaust manifolds. valve covers. fan blade.  The M21 Muncie transmission is original to the car.  The 373 BU 12 bolt rear is original to the car.  The original 2 piece front rotors and all 5 AD rally wheels are original to the car.  
My History With The Travlin Z
It took me about 2 years to complete the restoration and the car was shown for the first time at a local car show in May. 2004.  I planned on having it nationally judged at some point but work and three kids hampered that plan.  I drive the car every few months on a 3 mile loop around the house.  The car has about 300 miles on it since the restoration was complete.
It needs a few things since it has been almost 10 years since I finished it.  I described the imperfections in the paint and the interior.  In addition. the speedometer quit working at some point.  I pulled the cable and it is intact.  So the problem is with the speedo or the gear in the trans.  The car could also use a good detail but it still is a beautiful machine!!
You will not find a true American muscle car with the history this car has.  The fact that it's a real RS Z/28 and has the documentation to back up the incredible history puts it over the top!!
I can be reached at 760-802-9376 with any questions or feel free to ask through ebay.
Yes. I do have car listed for sale elsewhere and a reasonable offer could stop the auction.
I will require a $500 non-refundable deposit with 24 hours of the close of auction.  I don't mind storing the car while arrangements are made.  I welcome and encourage personal inspection.

On Jan-17-14 at 15:22:09 PST. seller added the following information:

I forgot to add the car was featured in the May. 2013 issue of Muscle Car Review magazine.

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