You had one and you let it get away, didn't you? Maybe you've been looking for one, but the only ones you're finding are ragged-out, cut-up, drag-raced heaps, right? You should know by now that RK Motors Charlotte is your first and only stop if you're looking for the cars of your youth in prime, low-mileage, unmolested condition. That's our specialty. The latest is this 1989 Camaro IROC-Z, loaded with the top-end 350 cubic inch V8 from the Corvette. If you're an F-body fan of a certain age, this was THE car to own, and here's your second chance.
Looking gorgeous in code 74 Dark Red paint, this IROC looks just a year or two old, not two decades old! As I said, finding an unmodified F-body is like finding an actress in Hollywood who hasn't visited a plastic surgeon, and it's obvious that someone tucked this car away for the future instead of getting caught up in hot cams and loud exhaust systems. Today, there are no signs of significant bodywork or damage repairs, and I believe this car is probably 100% factory paint. By 1989, GM had pretty much worked the bugs out of their water-borne paint delivery systems, and the finish quality of the cars was worlds better than it had been just a few short years earlier. Glossy and smooth, the 2-stage paint really pops in the sunlight, and if you look at the reflections from the photo studio, you can get a good idea of how straight this car really is. Even the flexible urethane bumpers and rear spoiler are largely uncracked; something that inevitably happens if a car is driven in urban traffic. Nice!
The blacked-out trim on these cars is usually the first thing to start showing its age. UV light is hard on plastics and dark surfaces, especially the satin black that was so popular in the late 80s, so finding a car with crisp, dark pieces means you've found a car that has been stored indoors its entire life. Even the headlight buckets and black hood inserts on this one are deep, rich satin black. And this is definitely the one to own in terms of performance, with no flexible T-tops and added body bracing to slow it down. Glass is excellent all around, including the heated rear window, which is still one of the biggest single pieces of glass ever put on a production car.
In the horsepower department, this IROC is packing the top engine, a Corvette-derived L98 350 cubic inch tuned-port injection V8 (wow, that's quite a mouthful). Basically, when GM realized they couldn't run with the Mustangs surprisingly potent little 5.0 liter, they did what any smart management team does when faced with a pesky enemy get out the big guns. Transplanted almost intact from the Corvette, it makes 230 horsepower and 330 pounds of torque in the F-body, enough to make this a legitimate 13-second car in the right hands. In this particular dark red model, the engine is completely unmodified and in showroom-fresh condition. The original twin-snorkel air cleaner feeds the big V8, the original exhaust manifolds feed the original exhaust system, and the A/C system blows ice cold thanks to the original refrigerant no aftermarket replacement stuff here. Maintenance has been outstanding on this car, with regular oil changes since it was new. Just look at that hood pad even the reproduction units fresh out of the box don't look that good.
Underneath, it's solid and clean, more proof that this is a well-cared-for original car. No rust, no damage, no goofy exhaust system, just OEM stuff that's been cared for from new by someone who cares. Late-model cars like this are always hard to describe simply because they're like new, and that's the highest praise I can give to this one. I'm guessing that the brake pads have been replaced once simply because of the mileage, but everything else is probably as-installed by the guys on the assembly line two decades ago. Wheels are very nicely preserved 16-inch IROC alloys with gold inserts wearing 245/50ZR16 Dayton Daytona ZR radials front and back.
The red cloth interior is, well, really red. It's a good compliment to the dark red paint, and is nicely broken up by the black leather steering wheel, dashboard and console. GM designers tried to keep things interesting by adding solid inserts where the seats wear the fastest, and I kind of like the vintage vibe it has in there. Look a little closer and you'll see that this Camaro is loaded up with options like power windows, power locks, and a power driver's seat, as well as the A/C I mentioned earlier. The headliner is taut and undamaged, the door panels are excellent, and the back seat appears to have never been used. Open the hatch and you'll find a perfectly preserved trunk area that still carries the original spare tire.
If you like documentation, you'll be pleased with this Camaro, because it will be delivered to you as if you were the first owner in 1989. The original owner's manual, radio operation guide, warranty booklet, maintenance schedule and a bunch of other factory documentation is included. We also have receipts for servicing on this car, including complete fluid changes at regular intervals, so you know it's a well-maintained piece that hasn't been sitting in someone's garage for years and years.
Imagine if you will, that it is 1990 and you had the opportunity to buy a low-mileage, beautifully preserved, and documented 1969 Camaro Z/28, for not a lot of money. Would you have done it? Of course you would, and you wouldn't have thought twice about it. This is exactly the same situation20 years from now; you'll be kicking yourself for letting ANOTHER clean F-body slip away. Don't let that happen. Lock this one up today and call now!