This 1980 Camaro Z28 is proof that the muscle car didn't die, it
just went on an extended vacation during the mid-70s. With a
great-running 350 cubic inch V8, a load of options, and those
high-visibility Z/28 graphics, you won't be sneaking around in this
one, but then again, why would you want to?
The sleek metallic silver paint with tri-tone blue Z/28 stripes
give this Camaro a look that captures the era perfectly without
looking dated. The car was repainted in 2009 and is nicely
preserved, not too perfect but not abused, and the one word that
comes to mind is "authentic." Either way, it looks right for the
period and this Camaro draws a lot of appreciative glances out on
the street. The aggressive chin spoiler shows no cracks from
run-ins with parking curbs, the lower rockers haven't been abused
by flying debris, and the stripe package remains bright and vivid
against the paint, which has just enough metallic in it to glow but
without looking like a bass boat. Judging by the condition of the
grille, and the clarity of the taillights, I'd wager that this car
has spent a good amount of its life protected and indoors, used
only as a fair-weather toy. And, as a southern car, you know it's
not a rust bucket. Sure, there are some signs of use, but this is a
nice-looking car that captures what performance looked like at the
dawn of the 1980s.
The very cool gray buckets will look familiar to any F-body fan,
and they are every bit as comfortable as they look. Like the
bodywork, the interior is remarkably well presented, with the seat
covers, carpets, and door panels being recent additions. The
monochromatic look works rather well with the silver bodywork,
again a little bit of '70s style without making it feel dated. This
Z also includes things like factory A/C, a tilt steering column, a
center console, and an optional tachometer (yes, optional, even on
the Z/28!). Modifications are limited to a set of aftermarket
gauges in the original gauge slots plus a modern AM/FM/CD stereo.
If you look closely, sure, you can find a few other spots that are
showing their age, but for this price, there's a lot of fun to be
had and you can polish up those details over time.
Both the 350 cubic inch V8 and the TH350 3-speed automatic
transmission were rebuilt in 2009 when the rest of the car was
restored. A few upgrades include a Summit Racing intake manifold
and 4-barrel carburetor, as well as a set of long-tube headers, so
it's considerably more powerful than the original 190 horsepower.
Finned valve covers are a traditional Z/28 look, although these,
along with the air cleaner, are from Edelbrock. Color-matched blue
trim, a big chrome radiator shroud, and a big aluminum radiator
help with the well-loved vibe under the hood. Underneath, it's
clean and solid, with a fresh rebuild on the front end so it tracks
like a cruise missile today. A new dual exhaust system sounds
amazing, so even if it isn't exactly an LS6, it certainly roars
like one, and subframe connectors reinforce the body tub. The
original alloy wheels show virtually zero curb rash and wear
215/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials all around.
With $18,000 worth of receipts, this is a quality second-generation
Z/28 that has lots of upgrades that make it fun to drive today
without removing its 1970s soul. Call today!