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Rare 1LE Package: 1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 With 191 Genuine Miles!

Chevrolet introduced the 1LE options combination in 1989, designed to provide Third Generation Camaro buyers with improved performance. It remained available throughout the Third Generation’s production cycle, although only a few people drove off the lot in such vehicles. This 1991 Camaro Z28 features the 1LE combination, but that isn’t its greatest claim to fame. If you think it presents superbly for its age, that could be because its odometer reads 191 genuine miles. It needs a new home, with the seller listing it here on eBay in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. Bidding sits below the reserve at $47,400, although time remains for interested parties to stake their claim on this classic.

It is sometimes said that timing is everything, which could be the case with this Z28. In the past few days, Chevrolet announced that all Camaro production will end in January 2024. There are no plans for a successor as a genuine pony car, although the company hasn’t ruled out the badge gracing a future electric vehicle. I may be alone in my thinking, but if that is the plan, I would rather see the Camaro name permanently retired. We’ve seen other manufacturers follow a similar path, and I’ve always felt this sullies the heritage of a genuine icon. This 1991 model presents superbly in its original shade of Bright Red. Its presentation is flawless, with no glaring issues with its paint, panels, or plastic. The 16″ aluminum wheels with the color-coded inserts are perfect, with the same true of the glass. The car’s history is unclear, but its condition and odometer reading suggests it has spent its life in a climate-controlled environment. It could be an excellent candidate if a dealership is searching for an eye-catching display vehicle to park in their showroom to lure potential buyers. Describing this classic as being in as-new condition would not stretch credibility.

This Camaro features the LB9 version of the company’s 305ci TPI V8. It sends 230hp to the optional G92 rear end via a five-speed manual transmission. Performance is all you might expect, with this car capable of blasting through the ¼ mile in 14.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 151mph. I previously mentioned the 1LE Performance Package, although this wasn’t a standalone option. The buyer’s decision to specify the G92 rear end triggered the package, automatically bringing an aluminum driveshaft and upgraded suspension and brake components to the table. Due to its obscurity, few Camaros emerged from the factory so equipped. From a production total of 100,838 Camaros across all derivatives in 1991, this Z28 is 1-of-478 that were 1LE-equipped. That is only part of the story because its odometer reading is extraordinarily low at 191 genuine miles. Although it doesn’t see active service, it is regularly and appropriately maintained. It runs and drives perfectly, and the winning bidder receives a collection of documentation that includes the original Build Sheet and Window Sticker.

This Camaro’s interior possesses the “wow” factor, and its condition is all you might expect from a vehicle with a low three-digit odometer reading. There is no evidence of wear or abuse, with the passenger seat and driver’s door trim retaining their factory-protective plastic. There are no aftermarket additions or changes that could adversely impact its potential value. It presents as nicely as it would have the day the original owner took delivery and ticks the boxes for those craving creature comforts. As well as the additional security of a driver’s airbag, the new owner receives leather upholstery, power windows, power locks, a rear defogger, a leather-wrapped tilt wheel, and a premium AM/FM radio and cassette player.

We’ve seen some fantastic survivors recently at Barn Finds, and this 1991 Camaro Z28 is no exception. It features a host of desirable options, with the odometer reading placing it in elite company. As usual, it poses the question of what the future has in store for this gem. My heart says it deserves to be driven and enjoyed, but my head says it is unlikely. I strongly believe in preservation, but knowing where to draw the line is tricky. The bidding sits at the top end of the market for a low-mile Z28 of this vintage, posing the question of where it could head before the hammer falls. I spotted a ’91 Z28 with a comparable odometer reading that sold last year for around $43,000, although that car featured the 5.7-liter motor. Values for the 1991 model continue climbing well above the market average, but I believe this car must be sneaking close to the reserve. One final factor to consider is the announcement in the past few days that Camaro production will end in January 2024, with no replacement planned. That will undoubtedly have a knock-on effect that will push prices higher, but how significant the impact will be is pure speculation. What do you think the winning bidder will pay for this stunning survivor?


  1. Troy Urich Member

    The 1LE option also deleted the air conditioning.

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    • jwzg

      Actually, ordering the G92 performance axle ratio without A/C automatically triggered the 1LE package which included the baffled fuel tank, special shocks, brakes, etc. Kind of weird because you actually had to know what you were ordering (or better yet, not ordering) to get it.

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      1LE did not delete A/C, you actually you ordered the G92 performance axle ratio, then you did NOT order the optional A/C, that in turn got you the 1LE package

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  2. Big C

    191 miles? The owner probably stowed this one away in the garage, after he got whipped by a Mustang on the street.

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    • Stan

      I ran neck and neck w my 89LX bone stock, save for air silencer removed. These could move out.

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      • MTBorst

        My 87 GTA was faster. 5.7 auto.
        The big advantage with the stick was highway mileage would be pushing 27 mpg. Not a fast car by that years standards.
        And I question the 191 miles ! Look at the seat ! Drivers seat should look brand new, it is starting to break down, sag and color change or dirty !

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    • Jason

      My 86 Z28 with a 305 tuned-port use to dust the doors off the Mustang 5.0s. I called it my Mustang killer. I would race them all the time with 4 people in my Z and just the driver in the 5.0 and still smoke their butt. I really enjoyed driving that car.

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  3. Smokey Smokerson

    Is this really a bad asking price? One of my sons is totally into mid 1990s Supras. His 1994 NA RH drive manual cost him $43k last year. Worth about $55k today. 200hp, manual, rear wheel drive… Did I mention over 100k miles? Get the turbo flavor in a RH drive and manual tranny and the price balloons over $100k. $50k for this doesn’t seem crazy. No one likes that price, but it ain’t nuts. Get a C4 Vette if you want cheap performance.

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  4. Athena

    My absolute favorite Camaro! What a beauty!

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  5. Pasquale Bellomo

    This is truly a beautiful Camaro from an era that mostly got nit picked for everything little thing that went wrong and because the engines where undersized! But IMHO these Camaro’s where some of the best looking of the seven generations of Camaro, granted the 60s models are legendary in terms of looks and performance, the early 70s where nice cars but by the end of the 70s the Camaro was really weird looking and shamefully underpowered what the top of the line V8 in the late 70s had a whopping 170HP like the Corvette! You have to remember that in the 80s and early 90s 230HP was actually not all that bad for a 305 V8 I don’t think the 350 made much more to be honest, the 5.0 mustang STOCK was around the same HP, and I don’t think dodge had a muscle car back then. But anyhow this is a fine looking time capsule from an era that’s slowly fading away… Just enjoy it for what it is… It’s better looking then a 2023 Camaro!

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  6. Craig Baloga Craig Baloga Member

    Beautiful 1LE that should probably remain in its state of suspended animation, an amazing piece after all these years….wow.


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    • Mustang Sally

      I’m a Ford fan…….but this is a beautiful car. Love it. Best looking Camaro in the world. The red helps set it off. Look how much cars are new today, something to think about. Could make me a Chevy owner…….huh?

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      • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

        I’m partial to the next generation. Here’s my ’99 that I sold much too early.

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    The seller owns 5 1LE’s and is selling 2 of them. Here is another one up for grabs – a ’92 with 2K miles.
    If you’ve got the $$ and the storage, why not collect the best examples of what you love?

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  8. Tracy

    I got leather seats but I just couldn’t afford the A/C! Who the hell optioned this car!

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  9. Melton Mooney

    The apex of third gen development right here thanks to the manual trans. The 89TTA guys would not agree, however.

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