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An iconic 1990s American muscle car - the awesome Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 5.7 litre V8 version - amazing!

 

At a glance:
- Chevrolet Camaro

- Z28 performance package 

- 5.7 litre V8 LT1 350 ci petrol engine, as used in the Corvette, with automatic transmission 

- 288 BHP, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, 159mph and sounds awesome

- MOT until 11th February 2021

- Pop out glass T-Top roof panels

- 30th anniversary velour interior

- HPI Clear

 

The Model:
The original Chevrolet Camaro first arrived on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year as a competition to the Ford Mustang. The car shared platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967. Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. The name was later revived on a concept that evolved into the 5th generation Camaro which arrived in 2009 and continues to this day. In total, over 5 million Camaros have been sold.

This fourth-generation Camaro debuted in 1993 retaining the same characteristics since its introduction in 1967: a coupé body style with 2+2 seating (with an optional T-Top roof), rear-wheel drive, pushrod 6-cylinder and V8 engines. The standard powerplant from 1993-1995 was a 3.4 L V6, then a 3.8 L V6 was introduced in 1995. The 350 MPFI (LT1) Small Block V8 engine, which was introduced in the Corvette in 1992, was standard in the Z28. 

In 1967 GM wanted to produce just enough Camaros for racing in the Trans Am series, they developed a car for it but couldn't come up with a name for it. The RPO (regular production option) assigned to this package was Z28, so they called it that. In 1968 it became a separate model for Camaros. Z28 is the most famous Chevrolet RPO code ever. No other option code has become so synonymous with high performance. Other option codes have been used for well-known packages such as Z22 (Rally Sport R/S) and Z27 (Super Sport S/S), but the option names/descriptions became famous, not the RPO number.

 

The specification:

This car comes with all of the Z28 sports package, finished in stunning gloss black with grey velour 30th anniversary interior which is in superb condition. It has the 5.7 litre engine, plus automatic transmission, and the optional T-Top roof. The glass roof panels unlock and remove simply, and stow safely in the special storage compartment in the boot. This gives you open top motoring in a matter of seconds. The cars is very well-equipped, as you would expect for the American market. It also has an excellent set of American Racing alloy wheels and a Magnaflow exhaust to make the most of the awesome V8 soundtrack - Not too loud, but just right.

 

On the Road:

I absolutely adore driving this Camaro, it’s excellent fun with immense charm and character, and it gives you a wonderful sense of 'Americana' every time you climb inside. The Camaro starts first turn of the key, with a wonderful V8 rumble, it surges eagerly under acceleration, starts, stops and does what it should. It really pulls well, with bags of grunt and torque and is capable of being astonishingly quick, if and when required. I have driven a number of American cars, vans and trucks, and this one is one of my favourite - super smooth and drives very well. It's an addictive driving experience, handles exceptionally well and puts a huge smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel.

 

Engine:
The Chevrolet small-block engine was a series of V8 engines used by Chevrolet between 1954 and 2003. The small block family spanned 4.3 litres 6.6 litres. Yes, in the USA 6.6 litres was considered the SMALL engine..! Introduced as a performance engine in 1967, the 350 went on to be employed in both high-and low-output variants across the entire Chevrolet product line. The Chevrolet 305 and 350 cu in (5.0 and 5.7 L) small-block became the GM corporate standard. In all, over 100,000,000 small-blocks have been built and subsequently honoured as one of the 10 best engines of the 20th Century by Ward's Autoworld. In February 2008 a Wisconsin businessman reported that his 1991 Chevrolet C1500 pickup had logged over 1 million miles without any major repairs to its small block V8 engine. In 1991, GM created a new-generation small-block engine called the "LT1 350" of the 1970s. It displaced 5.7 L (350 cu in), and was a 2-valve pushrod design. The LT1 used a reverse-flow cooling system which cooled the cylinder heads first, maintaining lower combustion chamber temperatures and allowing the engine to run at a higher compression than its immediate predecessors. This engine was used in the 1992–1996 Chevrolet Corvette C4, 1993–1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, B4C and SS, and 1993–1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula and Trans Am

 

MOT:

The long MOT runs until the 11th February 2021.

 

Condition:

As you can probably see from the pictures, this Camaro really is is in really great condition for its age. The interior is also in very nice condition and very clean with barely any treaces of wear to the seemingly indestructible velour. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this awesome American muscle car. It has a few marks here and there, quirks and character, so the best way to work out if it is the right option for you, would be to come and have a look. I'm confident this is by far and away the best example you will find at this price point.

 

Pricing: 

The general value range for a V8 Camaro in good, road worthy and presentable condition with long MOT is normally £5,000 - £8,000 with  immaculate examples occasionally priced considerably higher. This Camaro is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £4950. American cars seem to hold their value very well, whilst some makes and models have risen dramatically in both popularity and price in recent years, and this is an ideal opportunity to buy a sensibly priced full blooded American muscle car.

 

American car ownership:

If this is your first US vehicle, or you are unfamiliar with American car ownership, here are a few common questions answered...

 

Insurance? 

Easy to find, although it is not always competitive from the obvious 'mainstream' insurers. If you search via Quotezone or Google for American car insurance, you will find a number of specialist insurers who can normally offer cover which is no more expensive than British vehicle equivalents.

 

Big engines = big car tax?

Not necessarily. Any vehicle pre 2001 will have the same car tax (currently £265 per year) whether it is 2.7 litres or 7.2 litres.

 

MPG - are all US cars awful?

Don't be put off by MPG figures, as most quoted figures for US vehicles are listed in US gallons - which are smaller than 'our' gallons.

So if it says it does 30mpg in US gallons that's actually 36.03 mpg in UK/EU gallons. That's quite a big difference!

Also, fuel economy is not the only cost to bear in mind. If you have a car which does 30 to the gallon and costs you £700 extra in fuel each year, but doesn't depreciate (as many older US vehicles hold their value well, or appreciate) it would be financially better than a newer European car which does 50+ to the gallon, which could save you that £700 per year in fuel back, but still depreciate by £2000 per year...

 

Will extinction rebellion target me and my big-engined car?

Unlikely, and if they did, you can explain the virtues of running a classic car, as opposed to the far larger global impact of buying a brand new hybrid or EV, shipping batteries halfway around the globe and the huge energy used in new vehicle production. 'Recycle' an old yank and waft about with a clear conscience.

 

What about parts?

There's actually a lot of specialists in the UK who supply parts for American vehicles, so many parts are available from UK suppliers, and also there are companies like Rock Auto in the USA which can get parts here incredibly quickly, sometimes as fast as UK suppliers. American car parts also tend to be a lot cheaper than premium European cars. Rock Auto is well known as the 'go to' place for many UK based US car owners. You may pay import duty, but its still a tiny fraction of going to your local BMW or Mercedes dealer for parts..!

 

Is left hand drive an issue?

Not really, once you get used to it. Road positioning is easy, once you are up to speed. Only time you may need a handy stick is to push the button to enter a barrier controlled car park!

 

Other benefits:

- There is a large and vibrant American car club scene in the UK, with various shows and event throughout the year.

- You are driving something a bit different, and interesting, compared to the normal humdrum cars.

- You'll always be able to find it in a car park.

- There is a huge amount of information, help and resources online for American cars

- They tend to be relatively simple mechanically, and parts tend to be far cheaper than the European (especially German) counterparts.

- They have more character and charm, in my opinion, than so many other normal/modern/boring vehicles.

 

Conclusion:

This is a hugely entertaining vehicle, with immensely impressive performance, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. I can't quite put my finger on exactly why, but I'm a huge fan of this Camaro. Maybe a childhood of Knight Rider (even though it's not the right car, it's got the similar presence, look and style). It’s a great conversation starter, and being so far removed from all of the humdrum everyday cars on our roads, people can’t stop staring at it. If I'm honest, I rather hope this takes a while to sell. If so, I might find the time be use it myself. If you are looking for something different & interesting to liven up your day to day motoring, I'm quite sure you'll love it - I know I do.

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