For Sale: 1988 Chevrolet Camaro in Ft Worth, Texas


Vehicle Description

Don't discount the appeal of a third-gen Camaro, because cars like this slick 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z/28 ragtop offer a ton of performance for not a lot of cash. And because they've 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 '80s, this is the ideal way to do it!

This really was the top of the food chain back in the late '80s and early '90s, a bright red Z/28 ragtop. Sure, the Corvettes might have been faster but a 'Vette was your dad's car. No, this Camaro had it going on in 1988 and if you owned one, you were truly The Man. This one is pretty darned nice, including the sizzling Bright Red paint which is the car's original shade and factory application. Sure, it's no longer showroom-new and there are signs of minor use throughout, but take a half-step back and you'll easily admire this Camaro's killer curb appeal. Updated ground effects kept the Z's identity intact but smoothed things out a bit, and that deep chin spoiler has a few scuffs accrued through the years, but it hasn't been abused by tall curbs or steep driveways that ate it up. Fit and finish in the late '80s were decent (after all, they'd 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 that's ideal with the long rear deck offered by the convertible body style.

The gray vinyl and 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. In 1988 airbags were not yet standard equipment, so the dash and steering wheel still have a very vintage feel, and it's very easy to get comfortable in the convertible - with grippy fabric and a leather-wrapped wheel that are certainly appropriate for a car that can corner like this one. IROCs came loaded with features, but this one also includes options like R134a A/C, power windows and locks, a tilt steering column, an original AM/FM/cassette stereo, and the coolest part of the car is in the middle console: the 8-ball topped shifter for the 5-speed manual transmission. The gauges show big white markings that give the Camaro a unique look from behind the wheel, and the 145MPH speedometer practically begs you tests the limits. A black canvas convertible top fits neatly and while the trunk is not exactly spacious, it's usefully shaped for overnight bags on a road trip.

The 5.0-liter Tuned-Port Injection LB9 V8 was standard equipment in the Z/28 and when paired with the 5-speed manual transmission, it makes for a spirited car with a factory-rated 220 horsepower. Drive it gently, and it's 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 very clean and it's quite unlikely that this car has ever seen weather more severe than a spring shower. A newer exhaust system still features a catalytic converter, so it should be legal in all 50 states and the sporty suspension with its code G92 performance axle ratio isn't as harsh as you remember; it's a nice cruiser. Power steering certainly helps with that great handling as well, and with power 4-wheel disc brakes, stopping on a dime is no problem. Machine-finished optional 16-inch alloy wheels were part of the package (redesigned in 1988 with two lines in each spoke and silver center caps) and they wear grippy 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 1988. Offered with its original owner's manual, original warranty card, and original window sticker, this is the IROC to have if you're looking for originality. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1988 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Listing ID:CC-1454755
  • Price:$23,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1988
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Camaro
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:7849
  • Stock Number:4564-DFW
  • VIN:1G1FP31F5JL167358

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Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137