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1,874 Original Miles: 1987 Chevy Camaro IROC Z28

This 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Iroc Z28 is practically showroom new, with just 1,874 miles on the clock. While these cars have slowly been tracking upwards in value for nice examples, this one is obviously a serious outlier with bids approaching $40K and a Buy-It-Now of $45,000. The Camaro sports one of the more desirable color combinations and was the first year for the T-top roof and 5.7L V8. Is it one of the best you’ve ever seen? Find it here on eBay located in Monroe, Georgia.

The first thing I Notice is the difference in paint shade on the rear bumper. I suppose it could be a trick of the camera lighting, but there’s obviously a difference in paint shade from the rear quarter panel to the back bumper. The seller says the Camaro has original paint, which certainly seems likely given the mileage. I’d like to believe this is just a bad photo angle rather than a paint mismatch. Regardless, the Camaro looks impeccable, with no dings, scratches, or any of the other kind of damage that occurs from daily use and public parking. It was clearly purchased to be preserved.

The interior is a time-capsule, with a beautiful black velour interior and perfect dash and instruments. The Camaro is optioned with the 700R4 overdrive transmission, which isn’t as desirable as the manual gearbox, but really doesn’t matter much for a car that will never be driven. The original stereo components remain installed and the door panels and steering wheel show virtually no signs of use. The A/C still blows cold and the interior features the full assortment of power features. The T-top roof option is another attractive feature given not every Camaro came with these.

The engine bay is spotless, and the black plastics and hoses still look incredibly shiny. There’s little doubt that this Camaro has seen minimal use from new, but it also introduces the quandary of how do you use it? If you have a collection of muscle cars or Chevy products, it will make a fine centerpiece that sees minimal use. To my mind, however, you don’t want that odometer to ever creep over 2,000 miles, so this car’s driving days were likely done as soon as the first owner bought it. Would you spend $45K on a 1987 Chevy Camaro that’s nearly new in the wrapper?


  1. colleen egan

    I would expect to see a different color on the plastic bumper. It faded differently than the body. That’s more realistic to me than seeing both the same color.

    Like 17
  2. Bill Hunter

    Rear bumper cover looks like a different shade from both sides…Very nice car…too much $$$ for an 87.

    Like 8
  3. matthew B steele

    For 45k you can get 2 nice cars..that are more fun each..i don’t get it..or at least i don’t see it

    Like 19
    • Superdessucke

      And you can get a nice one of these for about 12g. This is clearly about the collector appeal of such low mileage. Personally, I don’t get it either because I like to drive my cars but super low mile vehicles will command a big premium due to their perceived uniqueness.

      Like 8
    • AMCFAN

      My thoughts exactly. Depending what you are looking it could be for four or five. For me something with three pedals Please.

      Like 3
  4. Superdessucke

    Back bumper is definitely a different shade. That’s no camera angle thing, unless all the pictures were taken from the wrong angle.

    This looks to be a Norwood built car. I don’t know if they had switched to water based paint by then like Van Nuys did but regardless, GM cars of this era were notorious for poor paint quality. It very well may have been mismatched from the factory!

    Like 5
    • Michael Leyshon Member

      Poor paint quality was an issue in this era for ALL manufacturers due to government regulations at the time. Norwood Oh, or Van Nuys, CA, the standard was the same. May be splitting hairs to advocate which paint booth they came from 30 + years ago. Great looking car and it can be painted nicer than ever.

  5. JoeNYWF64

    Was rear wiper offered on this & next gen?

    Like 1
    • Sanityfactor

      never seen one if it was…

    • Vin_in_NJ

      These were options for the Camaros. I think 85 was the last year they were available

    • Ralph

      Yes it was, but it wasn’t very common.

  6. Ron Yager

    Wow! Nice car except for the fact that brand new the car went for 15,000 dollars. Why should I pay 3xmore for a vehicle 33 years old. Not enough bang for the bucks.

    Like 3
  7. Rustytech Member

    A collector wanting a “New” old car would want to see 3 to 5 miles on the clock, not 1800. He would also want to see the original plastic on the seat & carpet. This is a very nice used car, but still a used car. Adding a premium for the low miles I would think $20k to be a good deal for both parties.

    Like 5
  8. Mostlystock

    You could not get a 3rd gen with a 5.7 and a manual only the 5.0 305 engine was avail with a manual

    Like 4
  9. Coventrycat

    My mullet just got all spikey.

    Like 2
  10. Juan Moetie

    For the price you could get any number of collector classics. I like the IROC’S, just not at that price. Saw a 77 T/A with 20 grand on the odometer for 25 grand, and it’s not a barn find. . Much better deal.

  11. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    I have zero interest in a car that can’t/shouldn’t be driven because of the low mileage. This is a car for a wealthy collector who can afford to trailer it to shows and win the first place trophy. Like Superdessucke stated, a nice example that you can drive can be found for about $12k. So while the low mileage 1987 Chevy Camaro IROC Z28 has to be trailered to and from a show, I’ll enjoy driving mine.

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  12. angliagt angliagt Member

    He doesn’t say if everything’s been gone through.
    I’d be leery of original belts,hoses,etc.,because I’d drive it.
    Of course,I’d never spend that kind of money on it.

  13. irocrobb

    I have owned a 1988 Iroc convert for 27 years with original red paint. To me, it looks like the back bumper has been painted. They did have lots of clearcoat problems from the factory. I like this example but for a driver I would want a 5 speed manual and 305 tpi

  14. Stangalang

    Does look like a respray…I’ve never seen paint fade that evenly on one piece of body. Maybe a rear end bump?

    • Rich

      I’ve seen brand new cars come from the factory with that same colour mismatch between bumpers and wings/fenders/quarter panels and I’ve worked in the car trade since 2007.
      Nothing unusual at all

      Like 2
  15. Keith

    Waaaaaaaaay to much $$$!

    Like 1
  16. Thomas

    The side skirts are a different color from the body as well. The bumpers and side skirts on Camaros and Firebirds of that era rarely matched when new. They were not painted along with the bodies. Metallics were especially known for it.

    Like 1
  17. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Always thought these were a great offering from GM at a time when we was struggling with muscle mass……

  18. Scott Hays

    Had an 87 5.7 white IROC. Beautiful car and a blast to drive. The bumpers were off color since brand new. I always assumed it was because the material underneath was different.

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