Stored 30 Years: 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

One of the Chevy Camaro’s popular offerings was the IROC-Z, an IROC-inspired Z28 which was built between 1985-90. IROC was an acronym for Roger Penske’s International Race of Champions series that attracted top drivers from all over the motorsports world. The Z28 had its roots in racing going back to the Trans-Am Series of SCCA during the car’s first generation of production. This 1987 IROC-Z has low miles after having been parked in 1991 and is being sold by the original owner’s family. Located south of Richmond, Virginia, this untouched car is available here on craigslist for $20,000 OBO. Thanks, Bobby Fitz, for your first tip that I’ve written up!

The Z28 was always a big part of Camaro production and – in 1987 – 52,863 would be “standard issue” Z28s while another 38,889 were the IROC-Z editions. Combined, Z cars were two-thirds of Camaro output that year. The IROC version added quite a bit of flair to a Z28 with its sexy 16-inch wheels, spoilers, body cladding, special graphics, Basso Profundo exhaust, and optional tuned 305 and 350 cubic inch V8 engines. Based on the window sticker from this Camaro, it got the more potent 5.7-liter motor with an automatic transmission.

We apologize in advance for the fuzzy photographs supplied by the seller. He presents the car as being in excellent condition under 30 years of dirt and dust and blurry photos don’t help the cause. The Chevy was used for only four years before it was parked for reasons that are not given. It stayed in a garage for three decades before the family decided it was time for the Z to go. Due to the low mileage and inactivity, everything is original on the car except for the tires and battery.

Since this Camaro hasn’t been started since the 1990s, it’s going to require some mechanical intervention to get it going again. Hopefully, there are no pre-existing conditions that will keep it from running and the mechanic will simply have to compensate for lack of use. The seller is not intending to clean the car up any, leaving that “discovery” to the buyer. The asking price seems a bit steep given the plentiful number of these cars that were built in the 1980s. But the third-generation Camaro was popular with youth in those days, and you still see quite a few of them running around.


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  1. jnard90 jnard90 Member

    For that asking price, you’d think they would throw in some soap and water! Terrible presentation of what is likely a nice car.

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    • Gary

      For that price they should throw in a girl in a bikini to come to your house with a bucket of soap and water to clean it up. These people are dreaming. Could be a nice car, but will require a lot of labor and who knows how much expense. Then, not worth anywhere near the ask.

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  2. Dan

    You can get a pretty nice one that runs for that money.

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  3. SebastianX1/9

    $20,000 is the price for a good condition manual transmission one. And even then they guzzle gas and ain’t too fast.

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  4. Jon

    Every rubber seal and gasket will have to be replaced in a car that sat 30 years, oil will leak like a siv, transmission seals all need replaced thousands of dollars of work for 30 years of sitting. New brakes,lines, Master cylinder,all have rubber seals that deteriorate

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    • JoeNYWF64

      I have not replaced any gaskets or even the mast cyl or exh system!! on a ’91 mitz 3000gt, but it has been used – on occasion, at least once a month – no short trips – 120k miles – even the doors & hatch gaskets are supple & not cracked & it has been outside most of the time. Leaks a little oil oddly only in the winter. No water leaks inside.
      But as for the window regulators with little plastic wheels that guide the cables, & a/c compressor, they are far from reliable.
      Regarding american made cars & gaskets, mayb u r right – espec if the car was not used on occasion,

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  5. Engident

    Straight from the ad: “YOU CAN HAVE THE FUN OF ‘UNRAPING'”
    Who says lazy sellers with bad pics aren’t 100% honest?

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  6. Dave

    Too bad that my mullet turned into a skullet…look under the seat and see if you can find my Skynyrd tape, willya?

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  7. Troy

    I had a 86 back in the day it was a fun car, the price on this one is a bit steep considering how long it has sat, you might get lucky and the head gaskets will come back around. There is a clean running and driving one on BAT for about the same price

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  8. John

    Great cars , I had a brand new one in 1985…….20 grand does seem a little high , Will be a lot of dried up stuff in that car.

  9. firemedic2714

    As a rust free (if it actually is) 3rd gen, it may be worth $20k. It has all the desirable options: 5.7L 359, G80 posi traction, J65 4WDB, T-tops, oil cooler, pwr. antenna, 74U dk. dark red metallic paint, etc. It would have to be cleaned up and in running condition though, IMO. BAT, Cars and Bids, or one of the other auction houses would be the place to sell it once it’s moving under it’s own power.

  10. RacinRob4

    $23000 sticker price in 87 is almost $54000 today, wow they were quite a bit more than standard issue Z-28’s. But $20000 is still a steal of a deal with less than 20000 miles on the clock if u ask me !!!!!

  11. Ted-M

    Talking about TV shows, Simon & Simon comes to mind on this IROC!

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