13k Original Miles: 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

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With a claimed 13,000 original miles on the clock, this 1987 Camaro IROC-Z is barely run in. The car’s overall condition appears to be consistent with this claim, and it is even still sitting on its original tires. If you’ve always had a hankering to own one of these Camaros, this one is located in Miami, Florida, and is listed for sale here on eBay.

If the mileage claims are true, then this is probably one of the lowest mileage examples in existence today. The owner doesn’t indicate whether he has actual documentary evidence to verify this, but if he has been keeping the car serviced at the appropriate time periods as claimed, then the evidence may well be there. The presentation of the car is close to flawless. The paint, glass, and decals look to be like new, and the T-Top also appears to be in good condition. The wheels look to be free of the staining and pitting from brake dust that can plague these cars after extended use.

Under the hood is the 305ci V8 engine, producing 190hp. This is backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission. You also get power steering, and with the J65 option ticked on this car, 4-wheel power disc brakes as well. The owner says that the car runs and drives really well, and the presentation under the hood is on about the level you would expect from a nearly new car. The car is also sitting on its original tires. With only such a low mileage, these are said to be like new, but I think that I’d be changing them before I drove the car any distance.

The presentation of the interior is quite impressive, but there are a couple of things that I’d question. In one interior photo, it looks like there is some strange deterioration on the spokes of the steering wheel, while in another there is a similar mark on the lid of the console. I’m not sure if this is a problem, or if it’s just a trick of the light. The plastic in the rear cargo area looks quite free of scratches and rub marks. This is an important point, as plastic in that area is prone to marking quite easily if anything is carried in the cargo area, so the lack of damage is a positive sign. As far as creature comforts go, the owner lacks for nothing. Air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power driver’s seat, power mirrors, and a power hatch release are all there, and all are said to work perfectly. The interior is completely stock, and apart from those couple of items that I queried earlier, it really does look quite good.

The overall presentation of this Camaro is very impressive, and it is consistent with the mileage claims. The final value on this IROC-Z will be heavily influenced by the owner’s ability to verify that claim. If for a moment, we consider that the claims are true and can be verified, it raises the question of the actual vehicle value. The owner has set a BIN price of $25,900 for the Camaro, but the option is there to make an offer. That price puts this car right at the very top end of prices paid for these cars at present. However, if it does sell for this price, on recent history, then it won’t be unprecedented.

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  1. poseurMember

    drag it’s not a 5-speed or a 350 but it sure is gorgeous!
    best color combo for this year in what looks to be perfect condition.
    way more than i’d pay but still super sweet

    Like 14
  2. Bakyrdhero

    Bucket list car for me in this color combo. It’s a shame how under powered these are.

    Like 12
  3. AndyinMA

    Take off the t tops, fire up whitesnake, and we are heading back to the greatest decade

    Like 24
  4. Coventrycat

    Mullet approved.

    Like 5
  5. Sundaydriver

    It wouldn’t stay a low milage car if I bought it. Definitely drive it.
    Fun cars.
    Here’s a picture of mine.

    Like 4
  6. SebastianX1/9

    You can tell it’s Miami even before reading it. Kendall to be precise. How can a Chevy V8 only yield 190hp?? Those are 1980s 4 cylinder turbo numbers.

    Whatever else, these care are very comfortable for long drives for the driver and your gf. That I do remember. I’ve always secretly liked them and now that I’m over 40 I will admit it.

    Like 3
    • Superdessucke

      The LB9 305 originally had 215 horses when introduced for 1985, which was then pretty high. However, automatic cars got a wimpy cam for 1986 which yielded only 190 HP. Enthusiasts call this the “peanut cam” motor.

      For 1987 through 1992, all automatic LB9 cars got the peanut cam motor while the manual cars got the hot-cammed LB9 which ranged from 215-230 horsepower depending on the model year.

      A lot of the “luxed out” IROCs had the LB9/auto combo back in the day, as did the convertibles. Some of the reason was you couldn’t get the manual LB9 or L98 350 with T-tops during most model years (though I believe you could during 1987).

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  7. JimmyJ

    If its not a 350 it better be a stick!
    I remember working for ford in 1990 and wondering why anyone would buy a zed car but then one came on trade and i took it for a rip and the handling was great by comparison, it didn’t want to swap ends like a mustang 5.0.
    Unfortunately the z28 was a dog by comparison and I think the only buyers were die hard chevy boys.
    Ill take a fox body 5.0 all day long

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  8. Miguel

    You have to wonder about an ad that claims super low mileage, but won’t take a close up picture of the odometer.

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  9. Christopher Carson

    I had an 87 Z28 with LB9 305 and 5 Speed, with no Air Conditioning no t-tops. I purchased it off the original owner a GM employee in 1991. maybe a 15 sec car on a good day.

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  10. Wrong Way

    What a shame, a 305 in a car that looks really good? I think that I would have checked another box or two to get a bigger power plant. Or was that the only power you could get in these?

    Like 0
  11. Bakyrdhero

    Nice IROC Sunday! That’s as good as it gets for me. Enjoy!

    Like 1

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