1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mike Roe | Goodguys SGT

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28: Lime Green with Envy

The brilliant minds at the DMV have always proven they aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. And by a stroke of pure luck, Mike Roe who is the owner of this stunning 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, was able to score a California vanity plate with a combination of numbers and letters that one would have assumed unavailable — especially after checking the list of California personalized license plates.

Mike is totally smitten with the 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 . And he discovered his third Z28 at a Goodguys show — not on the lawn inside the gates — but in the Cars 4 Sale Corral. That was 17 years ago. After a long restoration journey, this early 70s F-body is pretty close to being in stock form down to the Goodyear Polyglas tires. There are a few small parts that have been elusive during Mike’s 17-year quest, but all the VIN numbers match and Camaro runs like a champ.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mike Roe | Goodguys SGT

Lime green is the Camaro’s original factory color, but it didn’t always look this good. One of the previous owners had repainted the pony car an ugly brown color. Not only was the color boring, the paint job was done poorly and not befitting of the Z28’s proud heritage. Fortunately, during the prep work, enough of the original lime green color was discovered under the sad-sack paint job to do a color match.

The Goodguys Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton brings together a wide range of American built cars. Whether they are full resto-mods, built to custom specs, or concours ready, the broad collection of American steel is rich with detail. After a first read of the front license plate, the inevitable question comes to mind: is this for real? Walking around to back confirms 1971 Z28 is a legitimate California license plate. How was Mike able to get such a coveted combination? It was simply by pure luck.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mike Roe | Goodguys SGT

His first choice, after checking the DMV list of available combinations, was 71 Z28. Despite records showing that 1971 Z28 was already in use, Mike decided to list it as an alternate choice on the form anyway. He was sure his first choice was going to pass. DMV records show the combination as available, right? It was quite a surprise when Mike received a notice from the DMV that his first choice wasn’t available, but his alternate was going to be the Camaro’s official license plate. Is that strange or what?

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Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few leftover pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history behind classic cars.