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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Dont discount the appeal of a third-gen Camaro, because cars like this 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z/28 ragtop offer a ton of performance for not a lot of cash. And because theyve always been so affordable, the ones still on the road and unmodified are the proverbial cream puffs that have led easy lives. You want to relive the 90s, this is the ideal way to do it! This really was the top of the food chain back in the early 90s, a bright red Z/28 ragtop. Sure, the Corvettes might have been faster but a Vette was your dads car. No, this Camaro had it going on in 1990 and if you owned one, you were truly The Man. With just about 75,000 original miles, this one is pretty darned nice, including the sizzling Bright Red paint which is a recent repaint thats probably better than original. Updated ground effects kept the Zs identity intact but smoothed things out a bit, and that deep chin spoiler hasnt been abused by tall curbs or steep driveways and still looks almost new. Fit and finish in 90 were decent (after all, theyd been making these cars for nearly a decade at that point) and this car still attracts attention on the street. Black and silver stripes are used to great effect without being over-done, and the convertible also received a subtle ducktail rear spoiler thats ideal with the long rear deck offered by the convertible body style. The gray cloth interior is likewise in great shape and remains comfortable and user-friendly. As with the exterior, the interior shows only minor wear and signs of age on the upholstery and the seats still feel as firm as they did in the showroom. By 1990, airbags were standard equipment, so it was a lot easier to get comfortable in the convertible and the grippy fabric and leather-wrapped wheel are certainly appropriate for a car that can corner like this one. Camaros came loaded with features, but this one also includes options like A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt steering column, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo. The gauges show big yellow markings that give the Camaro a unique look from behind the wheel. A recent black canvas convertible top fits superbly and while the trunk is not exactly spacious, its usefully shaped for overnight bags on a road trip. And remarkably, it includes a space-saver spare, something you only rarely see still in these cars. The 5.0-liter Tuned Port Injection V8 was standard equipment in the Z/28 and when paired with the 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, makes for a car with a bit of a split personality. Drive it gently, and its happy to trundle through traffic without a complaint. But stomp on the loud pedal and it reacts with a stout torque curve that can light up the tires almost at will. The engine bay is quite stock, a rarity on one of the most modifiable cars ever created, and it has been properly maintained so no worries about a car that has been laid up for decades needing major service. The underside is pretty clean and its quite unlikely that this car has ever seen weather more severe than a spring shower. A new exhaust system features a fresh catalytic converter, so its legal in all 50 states and the suspension isnt as harsh as you remember; its a nice cruiser. Machine-finished 16-inch alloy wheels were part of the package (these were recently refinished) and they wear 245/50/16 BFGoodrich T/A radials all around. Go ahead and try to find a fresher 3rd generation Camaro convertible. This is a great find, already outfitted just the way you would have ordered yours back in 1990. Call today!
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