Relive the ‘80s in this 20,000 Mile Camaro Z28
When talking about classic Chevrolet Camaros, a few important years come to mind—1967, 1968, and 1969. These “first-gen” Camaros set the Ford versus Chevy pony car war alight, and today they’re still some of the prettiest and most collectible American performance cars ever built. The late ‘70s and early ‘80s Camaros on the other hand? Well, they’re still eye-catching but not quite as collectible or hard-charging, that is unless you’re talking about a low-mileage “survivor” such as this. According to its eBay listing, this 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 has driven just over 20,500 miles in its 35 years on terra firma. It still looks wonderfully ‘80s and moreover, looks like a brand new car. In fact, it’s even said to still wear its original tires. Need an injection of the 1980s back into your life? This little gem currently asks just over $13,000 for its keys. RELATED: $290 Million Investment Stirs New C8 Corvette Rumors
It sure is hard to beat this vintage of Camaro for colorful flavor; what with the vibrant electric blue stripes and “AIR INDUCTION” hood, these Z28s certainly made their performance pretenses immediately apparent. Unfortunately for performance fans, these model years were still part of the “malaise era” of American automaking, heavily strangled by emissions and new crash safety regulations.
The result, at least for the ’81 Z28, was a relatively meager 175 horsepower pumped from its 350ci V8—a far cry from the big block V8 heavy hitters of just a decade prior. In the US market, all ’81 Z28s that came fitted with the optional 350ci V8 also netted a three-speed automatic. This ’81 Camaro does as well, though it appears to be a Canadian market version. And notably, for the first time the Camaro’s engine and carburetor were now computer-controlled.
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As noted by the folks at Barnfinds, Z28 buyers did get a bit of a performance upgrade when it came to suspension. The Z28s added stiffer springs, uprated shocks, and thicker sway bars. All the better for fending off the then-new third-generation Ford Mustang.
Inside and out the ’81 Camaro Z28 presents incredibly well, showing little to no signs of wear and tear. Of course, you won’t forget what decade you’ve just teleported back to upon entry, but that’s the wonder of vintage cars. Members Only jacket not included.
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