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With all the hoopla surrounding the new Camaro 1LE, let's look back at the original.
The story of the ZL1 Camaro, fitted with that rarest of the rare, all-aluminum 427 big-block V-8, is one that has often been told: How only 69 were made, how they exploited the GM option-ordering system, and how they've become the Camaro guy's ultimate Camaro.
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1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Pace Car Edition Introduced in 1982, the first of the third generation Camaro was immediately met with Car of the Year honors from Motor Trend magazine and selection as the Indy 500 Pace Car. Powered by the optional 305ci V8 and automatic transmission, this well-preserved Z28 Pace Car retains its original Silver finish and special graphics; Red-trimmed aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle GT tires were also part of the Pace Car package. For consignment a 1982 Z-28 Pace Car. It has all the correct engine, wheels, and graphics, save for the side door Indianapolis 500 badge above the stripes. A snazzy metallic fabric two tone interior which includes silver bolsters and blue broadcloth inserts, and a very low mileage car (23,920) original miles. Gentlemen start your engines! Exterior Straight silver painted steel panels combine with neoprene crash bumpers and nose and rear add ons to absorb bumps. A graphics package which includes a large wide blue stripe decal with thinner stripes below the large one in a blue fade to light blue background encircle this car. On the hood dual cove blue fade decals run up towards the windshield and frame the dual intake coves and inlet in the center of the hood. On the B pillar is the winged tire- an iconic symbol of the Indy raceway. On top are removable smoked glass T tops, and a large greenhouse curved rear window with CAMARO letters adhered to the upper of the front and back windows. On the back a small spoiler is above the inset rear lights with another neoprene bumper below, wrapped in the striping motif. Dual inset rectangular headlights lead the way, and 15-inch rally style wheels with a thin red stripe on the outside are on all 4 corners with BF Goodrich Eagle GT raised white letter tires. Interior A swing of the doors, and one cannot help but be sucked in by the two-tone silver bolstered in vinyl, and blue broadcloth inset buckets up front, and a fold down bench in the rear. Wide black piping adds some bling to the upholstery motif, as does the silver on top and carpet on bottom in blue door panels. The dash in its early 80s square and rectangle motif has various inset panels to hold switches knobs and toggles as well as the instruments in analog format. A center console runs from rear to dash and climbs upward. This houses a glovebox, gear shift lever, window toggles, AM/FM Cassette radio and fan and air temp controls. On the glovebox in front of the passenger is an Indy 500 badge. Nice blue thick pile carpet floods the floors as well as the rear cargo area and the rear seat back when folded down. Not too much fade is noticed on this carpet. Drivetrain The factory numbers matching and looking polished and nicely preserved engine in 305ci V8 form, has Crossfire fuel injection. A TH350 3 speed automatic is on back and a 10-bolt 2.93 rear axle is bolted on. Undercarriage A slight speckling of road dirt, and very light sporadic surface rust are noted on this otherwise very sound and mostly clean and black undercarriage structure and body shell. Independent coil springs for the front suspension, and a torque arm is on the rear, with power disc brakes in front and power drums on the rear. Drive-Ability Sitting in this car throws me back to 1982, and I can almost picture rounding turn 4 on to the massive wide and long straight reaching for the finish line in the brickyard at Indy. But I digress and head for our Classic Auto Mall Test Track instead. Here she performed nicely with great acceleration, good braking and a nice comfortable cruise. I did not want to go too far due to the low mileage but put it through its paces where it flew through the checkered cloths in my mind at the end. A low mileage well cared for replica of the 1982 Indianapolis Pace car which was also Motor Trends car of the year. Snazzy interior, wonderfully preserved engine bay with matching numbers, and the 1980s graphics the color combo is just right. Bring on the flower wreath and quart of milk.... Back home again in Indiana ... VIN DECODE 1G1AP8775CL146486 1-USA G-General Motors 1-Chevrolet A-Manual Belts P-Z28 87-Sport Coupe 7-305ci V8 LU5 165hp 5-Check Digit C-1982 L-Van Nuys, CA Assy Plant 146486-Sequential Unit Number
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