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15,900 Original Miles: 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z28

This 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z28 features under 16,000 original miles and presents like a new car – and it’s priced as such, too, with the seller asking $29,500 for this time-warp specimen. I’m not not going to kick rocks at that ask, as this car looks like one of the best ones left and is loaded with desirable factory options. The color combination is quite sharp as well, featuring Bright White paint with gray and gold graphics. The seller is open to trades if you’ve got a car you’re itching to unload, as he’d consider swapping for 60s muscle cars, restomods, or a fifth-generation Camaro. Find it here on craigslist in San Francisco. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Ikey H. for the find. 

The third generation Camaro has been steadily climbing in the collector car marketplace, keeping up with the Fox body Mustang’s rise in popularity for top-flight examples. While low mileage is one differentiator, the features list is just as important for establishing values. This Camaro is equipped with the L98 5.7L V8 engine, automatic transmission, G80 limited slip differential, and G92 performance rear axle ratio. The body appears to be flawless, with not a ding or dent in sight. The 16-inch wheels fill out the wheel wells nicely, and they appear free of any curb marks or other cosmetic damage. The tires are new with less than 200 miles on them.

To me, the worst part about a third generation Camaro is the interior. No matter how clean or perfect the exterior is, the insides always remind you how low-rent GM cabins of this era were. Even when preserved perfectly like this one, it’s still a let down (that’s not a ding against the owner; rather, the engineer that approved these cheap-looking materials and bucket seats with zero bolster support.) Still, it was special-ordered with custom black and white houndstooth cloth. The dash is uncracked and the door panels show no flaws; the same goes for the carpets. The automatic transmission isn’t a surprise, but a manual would have made this the ultimate third generation Z28.

The engine bay presents as new, with the washer fluid tank and overflow reservoir showing none of the typical yellowing that original fluid tanks typically have by now. The seller notes it has been modified with a Flowmaster exhaust, but no other modifications are listed. Four wheel disc brakes and air conditioning round out the options list, along with a Delco AM/FM/CD player. The seller doesn’t share any details about recent maintenance, but one would hope with an investment-grade Camaro like this, not a dime was spared in the upkeep department. Would you spend $30,000 for a time-warp Camaro like this?


  1. Avatar photo Skorzeny

    Automatic? 20K.

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    • Avatar photo Frank Sumatra

      Two nice 6-speed C4 Corvettes for $30K.

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      • Avatar photo Superdessucke

        A C4 Corvette is probably worth about half an IROC of the same model year. That said, this is too highly priced for a non 1LE. 20k is about right per my gut check also.

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  2. Avatar photo jwzg

    This is actually as close to an 1LE as you can get because it has manual windows and no power door locks. It does have AC but no cruise.

    I’d like to see the build sheet on this one.

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  3. Avatar photo Dan

    The 3rd Gen F Body was never available with a 5.7 liter paired with anything but an automatic.

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    • Avatar photo JeffD

      The factory didn’t think the weak rearend would handle the 350. If you wanted the stick you had to settle for the 305.

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    • Avatar photo jwzg

      I said manual windows…not a manual transmission.

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    • Avatar photo Superdessucke

      The 1992 SLP Firehawk was available with a 350 and a manual. But otherwise correct.

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      • Avatar photo firemedic2714

        Completely true, but the 6-speed in the Firehawk was the trans from the Corvette (IIRC, a TR-6050?) and was much stronger than the T-5 that was used in the main line F-bodies.

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  4. Avatar photo irocrobb

    I think it is too much money for what it is. Boring drive with a auto transmission plus it has the cheap seat and door panel package.

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  5. Avatar photo Matthew Meeker

    I worked as a PDI and detail person at a Chevy dealership for 5 years 87-91. This is a weird and rare combination of options. Usually when ordered with this base model interior on an IROC you got 15 inch wheels and a 5.0L engine. Also 1990 was a short build year of only about 3 months before the restyled 1991 Camaro’s came out so this has the first year minor dash redesign with the airbag.

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  6. Avatar photo PRA4SNW

    It has the SF regional markup.

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  7. Avatar photo Nate Winslow

    Beautiful car. I wouldn’t spend $30k on it. Not even close.

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  8. Avatar photo CCFisher

    Hey, let’s not blame the engineers for the cheap materials used in GM cars of this era. GM’s purchasing department had tremendous power and often demanded the substitution of cheaper materials to save a few pennies.

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