Cheap Z28: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

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This 1986 Camaro IROC-Z is a cheap classic that could be a blank canvas for the right person. It will need a lot of work before it moves under its own power once again. However, it isn’t often that you will find an IROC-Z being offered for sale for a mere $1,200. Barn Finder mrmarkman spotted the Camaro for us, so I have to say thank you for that. It is located in Mahopac, New York, and has been listed for sale here on Craigslist. Just don’t forget that incredible asking price.

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, and that is the case with this Camaro. The owner describes it as having a good paint job. This is a definition of “good” with which I am unfamiliar. It does appear to be a custom job because the front half of the vehicle is finished in White, while the back half wears what seems to be Dark Red. It is looking pretty tired, and a repaint is potentially going to be somewhere in this car’s future. The body wears some custom touches, including a hood scoop and rear spoiler. Both of these could best be described as humungous. The owner makes no mention of any rust issues, and the limited photos make it hard to determine whether there are any problems. The glass looks like it is okay, and the owner states that the wheels are in good condition.

The Camaro’s interior looks to be complete, but tired. The aluminum plate on the passenger door trim is an interesting touch, and it seems like there is a Hurst shifter poking out of the console. The dash pad is cracked, but I think that the seats might respond to a deep clean. Some project cars are cheap for a good reason, and this Camaro is no exception. The Hurst shifter? It isn’t attached to anything. The IROC-Z is being offered for sale without an engine or transmission. It isn’t clear where either of these components has gone, or when they chose to leave home. That means that if this classic is ever to grace our roads once again, replacements will need to be found.

This 1986 Camaro IROC-Z offers its buyer a few alternatives to consider. If it is a rust-free example, then slotting another engine and transmission under it would be possible. It could also represent a blank canvas for a track-day car and could be fitted with any drivetrain combination that the owner chose. However, I tend to think that its fate will be to serve as a donor car for another project. It’s a shame if that is its fate, but if it has to be sacrificed to keep another vehicle on our roads, then that’s just a fact of life. What do you think its future will be?

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  1. Mitchell GildeaMember

    I don’t know what’s worse the paint, the condition of the car or the quality of the photos

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    • Mike

      4 pics and one line of description. That’s all you need for CL.

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  2. Arthur

    This car looks like a project car that Detroit Speed Engineering could tackle since they specialize in 3rd Generation Camaros.

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  3. bone

    I’ve painted demo derby cars that looked better than this thing

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  4. Paul Hargis

    More exhaust pipes equals more speed. Everyone knows this.

    Like 5
  5. PRA4SNW

    This incredible bargain is still available – LOL!

    My circa 1973 pocket 110 would take far better pictures than these.

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