Lost Storage: Spotless 1988 Chevrolet Camaro 5.0-Liter

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There are an almost infinite number of reasons why a seller might decide to part with a beloved classic, although the ones beyond their control are typically the most disappointing. Such is the case with this 1988 Chevrolet Camaro. It presents beautifully and is a turnkey proposition, but with the seller losing the appropriate storage to protect it from the elements, they have decided to send it to a new home. I must say a big thank you to Barn Finder Mitchell G. for spotting this stunning classic.

Chevrolet’s Third Generation Camaro reached its seventh production year in 1988, and as with its predecessor, the styling changes were largely evolutionary. One of the most obvious was the adoption of the “ground-effects” plastic skirts and spoilers across the entire model range. These were previously reserved for the high-performance derivatives but gave every Camaro a more aggressive appearance. The company offered buyers a choice of nine paint shades in 1988, and my favorite has always been the Dark Red that cloaks this car’s panels. It possesses a depth that is hard to criticize, giving the Camaro a classy appearance. The Silver lower extremities prevent the vehicle from looking “heavy” and cumbersome, accentuating its low and sleek lines. A close inspection of the supplied images reveals a couple of chips and scratches on the lower front spoiler, but there are no other visible flaws. The panels are straight, and the plastic shows no evidence of cracks or other signs of abuse. The alloy wheels are exceptional, and the glass is crystal clear. The glass T-top is the crowning glory for those wishing to appreciate what Mother Nature provides. Popping the panels on a sunny day will provide a cool and refreshing motoring experience without the need for air conditioning.

Interiors almost invariably provide an insight into the life a classic has led because neglect of abuse shows in broken plastic and other issues. However, there aren’t many problems inside this Camaro. The carpet is slightly marked and dirty near the driver’s left foot, and the plastic on the edges of the lower door frame is scuffed from feet that will inevitably make contact as people climb in and out of this beauty. The strap covers for both front seatbelt buckles are damaged, and the new owner may need to search for replacements. Otherwise, the upholstered surfaces are excellent, the dash hasn’t succumbed to UV exposure, and the console and wheel are spotless. A modern radio/CD player occupies the spot originally reserved for the factory stereo, but that is the only visible change. The new owner receives air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, a factory tachometer, a rear defogger, and a tilt wheel.

This Camaro demonstrates that Chevrolet was clawing back lost ground in the performance stakes as the 1980s evolved. It features a 5.0-liter V8, which sends 170hp and 255 ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. It should cover the ¼-mile in 16.3 seconds on its way to 130mph. When the Third Generation Camaro hit showroom floors for the 1982 model year, the 5.0-liter produced 145hp and 240 ft/lbs. An auto-equipped vehicle would take 16.9 seconds for the same journey, and the engine would gasp for breath at 103mph. This was proof that Detroit was rediscovering its performance mojo. Potential buyers can consider this classic a turnkey proposition that runs and drives well. The seller will negotiate in-person inspections, suggesting they are confident it has no nasty surprises or problems.

This 1988 Chevrolet Camaro has thirty-six years of active service behind it. A close inspection will probably reveal flaws, but that is to be expected when a car is driven and enjoyed as its creators intended. However, it is a classic that will still turn heads, courtesy of its presentation. The seller listed it here on Craigslist in Kearny, New Jersey. They set their price at $10,900, and it appears they are firm on that figure. It might not have quite the cachet of an IROC, but the new owner could slip behind its wheel with their head held high. Does that thought tempt you to pursue it further?

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  1. JoeNYWF64

    Oil press gage reads way high – probably just needs a new $20 sender.

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  2. bobhess bobhessMember


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  3. Driveinstile DriveinstileMember

    Man does this Z28 take me back to my youth. Even the color is perfect. I loved these back in the day and wanted one badly, but all I could afford wan an 1800 dollar 77 Delta 88 with a 260 V8 and a THM 200. This is just so nice and well preserved, at least to me in the pictures anyway. Would I preffer a 5 speed, yepper. But If I were in the market, due to the color and condition of this one, Id take it in a heartbeat and forget about the manual trans.

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    • Mitchell G.Member

      I don’t think this is a Z28 I’m pretty sure it’s a Camaro Sport Coupe

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      • Nelson C


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  4. jimjim

    My 14 year old daughter has claimed my car when she turns 16. This would make a great daily driver substitute.

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  5. Nelson C

    This is a fine example of a 3rd generation Camaro. Good color and equipment and an RS to boot. Recalls the ’83 (?) a friend ordered new. Sport coupe 305/stick and stereo in dark grayfern. Let the critics have their say. They won’t have the pleasure.

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  6. Driveinstile DriveinstileMember

    I zoomed in on the Camaro badge on the lower front rocker, my mistake, I thought it said Z28, I really should go to the eye doc and get my bifocal prescription updated. Lol. I’d still take this in a heartbeat.

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    • Nelson C

      They were very sly about maintaining the Z/28 appearance.

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      • Ron

        Not only is it not a Z28, but it’s also not a RS. The only designation on the car is Camaro and on the rear bumper it has the bow tie next to the word Camaro, but that’s it.

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      • Nelson C

        Dog gone it. You’re right, Ron.

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  7. Steve R

    If it’s as nice as it looks in the pictures it’s a way for someone to get into a clean cruiser at a reasonable price. It’s not particularly awe inspiring, but awe inspiring increases the cost, often substantially so. Compared to a lot of the junk with asking prices significantly higher than this it more than adequately fills a niche in the market.

    Steve R

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  8. JoeNYWF64

    Temp gage says about 225 degrees – is that normal?
    With all that glass in roof, the car has & IMO needs the colder R12 refrigerant.
    Can 1 expect A/C to still work?! – my made in Japan ’91 Mits’ R12 A/C stopped blowing cold more than a decade ago. 110k miles.
    Looking at the odometer, it says 00590 – if that’s the actual mileage, why is the price so low? if it’s really 100590, how could the car look this good? hmmh

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  9. Patrick

    The rear spoiler sucks as dones the firebirds.

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  10. Kincer KincerMember

    This is a Camaro sport coupe, one year only rear spoiler.

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