This 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 convertible has to represent the
most bang for the buck in any of our showrooms right now. One, it's
super clean, with just 49,787 original miles. Two, it's got a
great-running LS1 and a 6-speed, so it's insanely fast. And three,
it costs fifteen grand. Good luck finding a faster car for less
The silver Z/28 ragtop looks great, as it should with such low mileage. Obviously never a daily driver, it's been a serious toy almost since day one. And even though it's now nearly 20 years old, it hardly looks it with a modern appearance thanks to the timeless color and well-preserved soft parts. The composite body panels are in excellent condition and the factory-applied paint shines up beautifully, so you'll be wanting to get this one to every show you can find. The updated nose on these final fourth-gen Camaros is arguably their best look, a bit softer but less boy-racer, and the lack of stripes is perfect if you like to walk softly and carry a big stick. It's never been hit or wrecked, and despite the V8 powerplant, it sure looks like it's been babied every day of its life. No road rash on the rockers, no beat up nose, and a smooth surface that's been washed and waxed on a regular basis.
The black leather interior doesn't need upgrades to be a highly functional driver's compartment, and the low-key look certainly helps with the stealth factor. The seats, carpets, door panels, and other soft parts are in exceptional shape, showing almost no wear save for some comfort marks on the driver's seat, which is rather amazing for a car that's approaching two decades old. The Z/28s came pretty much loaded with everything, including A/C, power windows, seats, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, and a full array of gauges, and it's all working properly. Heck, even the AM/FM/CD stereo is still the original Delco unit. The black canvas convertible top looks great and still seals up well while the deep trunk is big enough to handle a few soft-sided overnight bags on your next road trip.
Later Z/28s like this one got the Corvette's all-aluminum LS1 engine, and while GM was playing games with the numbers, it ran like every one of the 305 horsepower was working overtime. Time has proven that they're virtually indestructible and with an SLP air filter assembly, maybe it makes a few extra horsepower. Lay off the throttle, and it remains quite docile, with smooth road manners and no complaints about city traffic. But get it out in the open and let it stretch its legs, well, it's a different story. The well-spaced ratios in the 6-speed manual gearbox mean that it's easy to keep it in the fat part of the torque curve and it loves to rev. A glance underneath reveals that everything's pretty stock save for a fantastic-sounding Flowmaster exhaust system, so you know it always lived someplace warm. Chrome factory alloys add some sparkle to the low-key F-body and carry 245/50/16 Falken performance radials that are only a few months old.
Nasty fast and very attractive, this Camaro under-promises and over-delivers and for the money, you won't find a more enjoyable muscle car. Call today!