One-Owner 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pace Car

This 1982 Camaro Z28 Pace Car Edition is a one-owner car that is in excellent condition. With only 23,000 miles on the clock, this might be a chance to own a clean classic where the value has been on a noticeable increase in recent times. Located in River Falls, Wisconsin, you will find the Camaro listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has reached $11,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met. If this is a car that you simply have to own, then you could always hit the BIN button at $14,500.

When it was introduced in 1982, the 3rd Generation Camaro represented a very real attempt to recapture some of the performance that had been lost over the previous decade across the Camaro range. There were a lot of different areas that GM chose to tackle in this quest, and styling and aerodynamics was one of the main attributes that gained a real benefit. The new Camaro was a sleek and slippery vehicle, and this look was as much to do with function, as it was to do with form. Drag was significantly reduced when compared to its predecessor, bringing noticeable improvements in performance. The result was also a handsome looking car, and the Silver and Blue paint combination that came with the Pace Car package only served to emphasize this. The paint on this car is essentially faultless, as is the glass and the T-Top. All of the badges and exterior trim appear to be in fantastic condition, while the alloy wheels are free of any staining, pitting, or curb strike. Included with the car are the original Indy 500 decals that the owner could choose to install or leave off the car, along with their attachment instructions.

Taking a peek inside the Camaro reveals an interior that is nearly as well preserved as the exterior. I say “nearly” because the carpet on the driver’s side is looking a bit dirty. However, I suspect that a professional cleaner should be able to revive this. Otherwise, the seats look to be in good condition, with the outer bolsters managing to avoid the wear that can be so prevalent in these cars. The rest of the trim is faultless, and there have been no aftermarket additions made to the car. As well as the distinctive interior trim, the Camaro comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control, a tilt wheel, and an AM/FM radio/cassette player.

Chevrolet worked really hard to recover some of the lost performance from its Z28, and the 1982 model proved that they were on the right track. When compared to the previous year’s 350-equipped Z28, the 1982 model provided some reasonable performance improvements, and it achieved these improvements with a smaller engine. The 1982 Z28 found itself with a 305ci V8, producing 165hp. This is sent to the rear wheels through a 3-speed automatic transmission, while power steering and power front disc brakes are also included. The presentation of the engine bay is just as impressive as the rest of the car, and it is actually quite hard to believe that we are looking at an original car from the early 1980s. The owner doesn’t specifically say how well the car runs and drives, but if appearance is a guide, then it should be pretty good.

I said earlier that values for the 1982 Indy Pace Car have been increasing in recent times, and this fact is true. Values have risen by around 30% over the last 3-years, meaning that these are a classic that is now being truly appreciated. It is possible to find a reasonable example with more miles on the clock for around $10,000, but sums in excess of $20,000 are not unheard of for pristine cars. Remember, values are increasing, so that might make this particular car a canny investment, even at the BIN price.


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  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    IMO, one of the best designs for wheels, ever. A set of those looks so good on many cars, I’d love to have 4 really clean ones.

    The car… Nice, but… Gotta have the manual transmission.

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  2. Tony Primo

    Was also known as the cease fire fuel injection. I picked up a set of these wheels in mint condition about 5 years ago from an online ad. I phoned and emailed the seller for 3 months with no reply. Finally one day he replied and still had them. He was asking $100 for 4 wheels. I offered him $90 and he agreed. Included mint centre caps. I still have them on my 55,000 mile 1980 Camaro.

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  3. Arthell64 Member

    I remember the console clock was kind of rare. Nice car

    • Bakyrdhero

      Strangest spot for a clock..

  4. bob

    the automatic kills it for me

  5. Grandpa Lou

    The car is beautiful, but I would like to mention as well, how nice a little town River falls, Wisconsin is. Might be worth buying the car just for the drive there to see the fall colors.

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    • Mike

      I’m not sure it would be worth the price of the car to visit River Falls but, I agree that it’s a beautiful little town. I’ve been through many times in my Freightliner. Small towns like this, as well as my hometown in Ohio, are real America. The best damn people that so many others will never take the time to meet!

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  6. Paul

    Great price for this car!

  7. Butch

    Day Dreamer, I know where a Purple 5 speed is…

  8. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    I remember thinking how ugly this design was when first seeing pictures of it in 1981. I was planning on buying a Camaro in ’82, but as soon as I saw what they were going to look like, I ordered an ’81.

    They still don’t look that great to me – none of the 80’s GM products are on the top of my list – but I did end up owning a ’99 Z/28 that I thought looked pretty sharp.

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  9. Mike

    The cross fire fuel injection was also available on Corvettes in 82. If I recall correctly, either the Camaro, Corvette, or maybe both, had some kind of design problem that allowed water to enter the engine through the throttle bodies because of a defective rubber seal somewhere, and allowed the engine to hydro-lock. It pretty much killed the cross fire system. Even though, at 51 years old now, I’m not quite old enough to remember the dual 4bbl setup on the old Z28 302 engines first hand, I’ve seen them in pics and on cars at shows. The cross fire system always looked similar to me for some reason.

  10. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Someone apparently stepped up and paid the BIN price of $13,500. Hope the new owner has many smiles with the car!

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