Highly Optioned: 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

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Some classics tick many boxes for potential buyers, which could be true with this 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z. It is a tidy driver, and the range-topping V8 under the hood offers pretty respectable performance. For those who fancy a few creature comforts, it delivers on that front. It isn’t perfect, but lifting its overall presentation should be straightforward and wouldn’t cost a fortune. It is listed here on eBay in Ocoee, Florida. Bidding sits below the reserve at $5,700, but the auction is heading to its conclusion if you wish to make a move to park the Camaro in your garage.

Chevrolet offered some attractive paint shades for Camaro buyers in 1987, and the Code 74 Dark Red gracing this car’s panels is one of the nicest. It adds a classy touch to what is already a stylish vehicle. It shines impressively for its age, although it isn’t perfect. The supplied photos reveal a few flaws, with the prone front bumper sporting the usual selection of chips and marks. Most are below the chrome trim, meaning the buyer could get away with only painting the lower lip. That approach would mean that any slight color mismatch would be less evident than if they repainted the entire nose. The stripes and decals look crisp, and there’s no sign of rust. The floors show some spots of surface corrosion, but the overall impression is that this is a rock-solid car. The original owner ordered it with a glass T-Top, and there is no evidence of leaking seals. The remaining glass is excellent, as are the distinctive alloy wheels.

The Camaro’s interior is a mixed bag and could be where the buyer needs to spend time lifting its presentation. Aftermarket additions include a sports wheel and a modern stereo with speakers cut into the rear seat and trims and cargo area. The work quality is acceptable, although purists may struggle to reverse them without being forced to source a few trim pieces. There are no signs of ripped or torn upholstery, but the seats have some visible marks. Deep cleaning might make a difference to this and would be my first choice. Otherwise, the buyer may face fitting slipcovers to hide the problem or investing in new seatcovers as a permanent solution. The carpet has faded, and that is another item the buyer may elect to replace. If they choose to retain the driver-quality status of this IROC-Z, they could leave that untouched. The plastic and dash look good for a vehicle of this vintage, and the interior features some desirable options. The winning bidder receive air conditioning, power windows, power locks, a six-way power driver’s seat, cruise control, and a rear defroster.

It was becoming apparent by 1987 that vehicle manufacturers were learning to extract performance from V8 engines hampered by emission regulations. Technology would continue evolving, but this car’s original owner didn’t merely focus on comfort when ordering this classic. They went to the top of the class, ordering the 5.7-liter TPI V8 that sends 225hp to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. That may not sound like a recipe for excitement on the face of it by modern standards or those of the early 1970s, but how this IROC utilizes it is important. Pointed at a ¼-mile, it dispatches the journey in 14.9 seconds on its way to 148mph. Potential buyers will be delighted to learn that this is a turnkey classic. The seller says it runs and drives well, making it an ideal candidate for summer fun with the T-Top open and the wind in their hair.

People seem to like what they see with this 1987 Camaro IROC-Z because it has already attracted nineteen bids. It is a tidy driver with only minor needs, and most could be addressed for a few dollars in a home workshop. However, those shortcomings aren’t urgent, meaning the buyer could enjoy the vehicle immediately, tackling the work as time and circumstances allow. The existing bid figure is modest, and if it stays within that area, it could be an affordable classic for the right person. Could it be you?

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    Big, heavy, and beautiful. Can’t deny this is a good looking car that still stands out today. Good example here.

    Like 14
    • Matt

      I can agree that they are beautiful. So many live to make their mullet jokes about these cars but a lot of us love em. And they handled like nothing before. As for heavy, sadly, cars have only gotten MUCH heavier. A new V8 SS weights about 500-600 lbs more

      Like 6
  2. Dave

    Third gens desperately need subframe connectors. I welded them into mine and changed the whole character of the car. Mine was gray, but I like this Code 74 too.

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    • Maynard Reed jr

      Probably the fastest car I’ve ever ridden in that was stock.

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      • Rico

        I had an 86 IROC-Z28 I bought from a friend who owned a 7/11 franchise.
        He bought it new and, although I’m not sure, I think he checked every single box.
        It had locking T-Tops, leather seats front and back, the cover over the well under the rear hatch had the monsoon speakers built in, AND THE FACTORY PHONE!!
        I didn’t even know that a phone was available as an option.
        He let a mutual friend borrow the car, who brought it over to me to ask what the noise it was making. He started it up and it sounded like a Jamaican steel drum band.
        I said that it had a broken rod, to which the borrower got in it and he revved the motor up and then he said that “It doesn’t go away when you rev the engine!”
        No, it won’t.
        “Well, how do you fix it?”
        “You get a new engine.”
        He brought it back and left the keys in the mail box and skeedattled. He disappeared for about a month or so.
        I was offered the car for $500, so I bought it, replaced the roller 305 with another one, got it running as good as it would run, and sold it to my nephew who drove it for years afterward.
        Honestly, I don’t recall ever driving it, but it doesn’t matter now.

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    • Tom

      Had a buddy who worked that5.7 a little and grenaded his t-tops. Subframe connectors would have helped that.

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  3. AndyinMA

    Who’s going to start the T-Top / 350 discussion?

    Seriously I know there are some out there but how do they manage to survive?

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  4. Melton Mooney

    Looks like the board behind the tach needs to be replaced. About 60 bucks. Put new LED instrument bulbs in there while you have it apart.
    Are the seats different colors?

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  5. Scrapyard John

    Who thought that cheap Grant steering wheel was a good idea?

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    • Melton Mooney

      For some reason the foam in the iroc steering wheels has a tendency to turn to mush over time which makes the wheel feel/look like crap. Nice used ones are super scarce, and new ones only recently became available (at $400), which makes aftermarket wheels look like a pretty good idea.

      Like 1
  6. PRA4SNW

    Made it to $10,255.99. Reserve Not Met.

    Like 0

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