Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Shrewsbury, MA, USA
As far as strikes go in 69 the UAW did go on strike in several assembly plants. Norwood was just not one of them. Norwood continued to produce cars throughout the strike period. The LA plant was shut down from the end of April until something like June 19th 1969. But since no Z10s were built at LA that really doesn't have any affect on this discussion.
As far as the turbocharged Z10 I have seen pictures of the car so I know it exists as well. But it did not leave the Norwood assembly plant like like that, certainly it was done by a dealer and or one of it's original owners. Unless the owner has some documentation from GM I would be highly skeptical of any non production type accessories.
There is also no way GM would let a test bed (mule for lack of a better term) get out of the factory into private hands. There is to much liability on their part for that to happen.
I've seen convertible Z28's at shows but they didn't leave the factory as Z28 either, 30 years later you can't always beleive what you see. I could install a ZL1 (maybe I should use an L79 iron block 427 as an example) in my pacecar and claim it came that way from the factory one of one. If you tell enough people enough times it soon becomes a true. Just like the guy telling you he has the number #10 Z10. Come on, the option was just a certain paint scheme and a cowl induction hood on an RS/SS coupe, how the heck does he know its the number 10 or number 200 car made.
Key here is documentation, documentation, documentation.
1969 Indy Pace Car
350/300HP RPO Z11