Don't look now, but this restored 1986 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is an icon, and a collectable one at that. If you grew up in the '80s, this was the car to beat on the street, with an awesome combination of traditional muscle car acceleration and impressive handling. Featuring a brand-new, thumping 350 V8 crate motor, slick bright red paint, and a comfortable A/C interior, this 3rd generation Z/28 is the new kid on the block in the vintage muscle car market, but it's definitely arrived with a bang.
Repainted in factory correct Bright Red, which is probably the best possible color on a car like this, the restorers elected to delete the silver paint accent on the lower body for a more modern, streamlined look. With that decision, this Z/28 is now an ideal throwback to the 80s that really looks like a million bucks today. According to the car's vehicle history report it has never been wrecked, and there are no signs that it's ever been rusty either, and as a slick-roof, non-T-top car it feels tight and well-composed in a way that's befitting its believed low mileage. That's all proof that this car has led a very easy life, unlike so many of its siblings which were often victims of their low price and high performance. The result is a very solid presentation that really turns heads. The ground effects remain in good shape with minimal road rash, and it still carries its original fog lamps up front. Seriously, if you're familiar with these cars, you know their fate but this one seems to have escaped and instead is on its way to being a legitimate collector's item. Things like the taillights, the weather seals, and even the black inserts on the hood remain bright, crisp, and clear.
With bright red cloth bucket seats, this Camaro is a lot more upscale than its price tag would suggest, both then and now. The interior is in very good condition, particularly considering its age, and it has a comfortable, welcoming look. That cloth upholstery holds you in place during spirited driving, and with a long list of comfort and convenience options this one is a no-compromises V8 muscle car. Cold R134a A/C, power windows and locks, a tilt steering column, cruise control, and an AM/FM/Cassette stereo all make the Z/28 feel like the top-of-the-line car that it is. The center console houses most of the controls, plus the shifter for the 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, which is just a short reach from the custom leather-wrapped wheel. The gauges are in good shape, although the anemic 85 MPH speedometer is kind of a wet blanket, but there's also an extra auxiliary dial keeping an eye on the engine up front. The back seat is in excellent shape and folds down to make the cargo area downright massive.
GM's 5.0 liter V8 with Tuned-Port Injection was the standard engine on the Camaro, but it simply wasn't enough power for these owners. A brand-new crate 350 V8 was swapped in, and the 290 horsepower it packs plenty of pop in the lightweight coupe. It's topped with a 4-barrel carb and stock-style intake manifold, and with Chevy orange on the block and that big snorkeled air cleaner up top, the motor looks like it always belonged. Fortunately, everything still looks fresh, suggesting that it hasn't been raced or abused, and it still runs beautifully. Turn the key and it fires quickly, settling into a cackling V8 idle that suits the flashy muscle car perfectly. Lots of fresh maintenance parts under the hood means that this one has been loved, and thanks to a lifetime in the warm, dry south, the chassis is impressively tidy for being more than 30 years old. 20-inch Chevrolet alloys were added for a killer restomod look, and they wear fresh 245/35/20 front and 245/45/20 rear performance radials with plenty of grip.
Just a very nice driver, this car still commands respect on the street and will surely have a future in the collector car world. Call today!