ELIDA —The Z28 is the most famous Chevrolet RPO (regular production option) code ever. No other option code has become so known for high performance. The Z28 came about due to the fact that Chevy wanted a way to make the 1967 Chevy competitive in the SCCA Trans-Am races. In order to compete in the Trans-Am series, the Camaro needed to be offered as a regular consumer model. The man most responsible for the Z28 was Vince W. Piggins. Piggins wanted the new Camaro to beat its rival Mustang at every possible venue, including the Trans-Am races. In 1977 Chevrolet returned the Z28 models to its line-up after missing years 1975 and 1976. When Chevy resumed production of the Chevrolet Camaro Z28, it was its own model, not an option.
A.J. Siefker, of Elida, brought his 1978 Chevy Camaro Z28 to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for three years. Siefker bought the car when he was 15 from a person in Michigan. He restored the entire car and started driving it in July of 2013. Siefker cites his best memory as the time he drove it unfinished through town with open headers during mid-restoration.