Crusty Camaro: 1980 Chevrolet Z28

Patrick S. brought this project to our attention. The car is located near Clearwater, Florida and is for sale here on Craigslist for $8,500. I think that is a steep price for a car that needs so much work. However, the seller is including a number of interior parts to help with the restoration.

Here is a picture of some of the interior plastic parts like the sail panels, door panels, console lid, interior door arm rests and rear seat arm rests. There is also foam padding for the seats. The car is orange with a brown interior and has a reported 140,000 miles on the odometer. The Z28 is equipped with an automatic transmission, air conditioning and power windows.

The interior is rough with tears in the fabric but the dash pad looks good in the pictures. The seller is also including a new windshield, side mirrors, carpeting, tires and decals. This is the first year for the federally mandated 85 mph speedometer. The LM1 350 cubic inch V8 engine that Chevrolet had been using in the prior years was the top engine option and generated only 190 horsepower in 1980.

The car is said to run but it is going to need a lot of work. The front plastic bumpers have paint bubbling but there is no mention of rust problems. Over 152,000 Camaros were built in 1980 so the public was still in love with the second generation Camaro. What would you pay for this project?

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  1. Eric

    Nice that the parts are included but still crack pipe price.

    • Johnny

      Maybe he is thinking–someone with more money –like alot of people –who pays these outrageous prices—will be dum enough to give him what he wants. I once sold a car –for MORE money then what I was asking. That is the truth. He asked me if I would take more? I told him I sure would and he paid more more.hahahaha

  2. Jeffro

    “It’s the Great Pumpkin” – Linus from Charlie Brown

  3. Douglas Threlfall Member

    Too much money for so much work needed. Buy a pristine finished car for only a few $$$ more and save money.

  4. mainlymuscle

    There are better examples for sale 24/7 at that price.I rarely criticize the choice of featured cars ,but this seller must have pals at BF.

  5. Arthur

    If this car needs a lot of work, it wouldn’t be worth doing a standard restoration. I see this more as a candidate for a Pro-Touring build using products from either Art Morrison, Detroit Speed or Roadster Shop.

    Also, the engine would be an LSA E-Rod backed by a either a Tremec T-56 Magnum or a Bowler Performance 4L80E with a Lokar Sport Shifter.

    Finally, this car would receive a custom interior incorporating leather provided by the Katzkin leather company.

    As for the parts that already come with this car, they could be sold off to someone who is restoring their own 1980 Camaro Z28. If someone wanted to buy this car, they would probably have to bargain down the price.

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