In 1985, Chevrolet introduced the IROC-Z on the base of the third-gen Camaro. For a cool $659, the performance package was added onto the Z28s and named after the International Race of Champions. So what’d if have to do to compete with the champs? It was lowered, received a better suspension (struts, shocks, springs), the chassis was stiffened with what Chevy called the “wonder bar,” and even took on a “tuned port injection” from the Corvette. It also grabbed the Corvette’s P245/50VR-16 tires to heighten its already solid handling.
If you picked the five-speed trans, the 190-horsepower L69 was the largest you could go. Otherwise, you could get the beefier 205-horsepower, fuel-injected LB9 V8. A total of 18,418 IROCs were sold in its first year, and Car and Driver even claimed that it was so good it could fetch Ferrari money. It’s one of the most easily recognizable muscle cars, thanks to the bold striped door tag, and will always be remembered as one of the few bright spots of the ‘80s.