It’s not often that we find an 80s car parked in a barn, but this 1980 Camaro Z28 is an exception. The current owner pulled it from his friend’s barn, where it had been parked for the past seven years. After he uncovered it, he was able to drive it right away; he’s even made a few trips in the car without any issues. He’s now listed the car on eBay with a BIN price of $8,500 and a starting bid of $7,200.
The second generation Camaro and its Pontiac Firebird sibling are often considered to be some of the last true American muscle cars with their big carbureted V8s powering the rear wheels. However these last generation V8s were greatly hampered by emission control devices and they started to grow heavy and slow.
The second generation F-body platform this car is based on was in production from 1970 to 1981 with very few changes to the exterior or interior for its entire life. Overall the interior is in good shape, with no cracks in the dash. There are a few problems with the interior that should be addressed though. The driver’s seat has one tear in it that could probably be repaired and the headliner is starting to drop in the back of the cabin, but this could be remedied with a can of spray adhesive.
With the ever tightening emission regulations of the late ’70s few cars even came with V8s, but thankfully some manufactures continued to offer them in their top performance cars. Sadly to make these engines meet the stricter regulations they had to decrease displacement and compression. This Camaro came with a 350 cui V8, which was the largest engine available that year and it only produced 190 hp.
We are not too keen on 80’s styling, but we really don’t mind the look of this Camaro. We wish emissions hadn’t killed the 350 V8’s performance so much, but we know the potential a properly tuned 350 can have. These cars have actually been gaining value recently and the seller’s asking price is right on target, if not a couple hundred under. This is a car that we would just clean up, fix the interior, and drive.