Yellow Gold
Tan
5.7 Liter L98 V8
4 Speed Automatic

In high school more than 20 years ago my mother owned a 1987 Mustang GT convertible. My good friend Brian was lucky enough to have a father who happened to own a 1987 Camaro IROC-Z just like this one, identical right down to the yellow paint. You know where I'm going with this, and I'm hoping that my mom isn't reading this. Brian and I spent a lot of time racing from stoplight to stoplight, neither of us able to reliably beat the other. The Mustang was lighter and quicker off the line, but the Camaros extra cubic inches would always reel it in at the big end. So when this 1987 IROC-Z showed up here at RK Motors packing a L89 V8, an automatic transmission and that Yellow Gold paint job, I was 17 years old again. If you're my age, THESE are the cars of your childhood and maybe you were transported back in time when you saw this car, too.

I'm happy to say this isn't Brian's father's car. It's way too clean, and the mileage just 28,397 original mimesis about what Brian put on it the first summer he owned it. No, it appears that this particular IROC-Z was owned by someone who treated it as a special car, something that would only go out when the sun was shining, and probably got put away under a cover when the weather turned cold. The low mileage isn't TOO low, meaning that this car is healthy and in top condition mechanically. And before you dismiss the Yellow Gold color, let me ask you how many red and blue IROC-Zs have you seen? About a million, right? The color on this one makes it rare and unusual, and I, for one, like the color a great deal (but you already know I'm a sucker for yellow cars). It's not a screaming, in-your-face yellow, but it's not lackluster beige, either. If an IROC can be stealthy, this might be the best color for it. It is a high-quality respray in this case, still clinging to 100% factory sheet metal that has apparently never been in an accident or damaged in any way. Panel gaps and fit are factory correct, and for 1987, they're really good. Those long doors close easily and don't rattle, another sure sign that this is a low-mileage toy rather than a beater on its second time around.

There's no bright trim on a car like this, of course, but the blacked-out trim pieces, including the windshield surround and argent headlight buckets are in great shape with no signs of UV damage or fading. The urethane bumpers are undamaged with no parking lot dings and no scuffs on the chin from steep driveway aprons. All the original IROC decals are in place and in great condition, and the “5.7 Tuned Port Injection” badges are intact (a good thing, because they're just about the only way to discern a 305 from a 350 in these cars). All the glass is original, including that giant hatch which carries a set of louvers that look cool and help the interior STAY cool.

This IROC-Z packs a Corvette-derived L98 350 cubic inch V8. With Tuned-Port Injection (TPI in GM-speak), it cranked out a respectable 225 horsepower and 330 pounds of torque (these were big numbers in 1987). It was available only with a 4-speed automatic because there was no 5-speed manual transmission that could handle all that torque, and as I discovered years ago, that's no handicap. Out back, the only gears available with the 350 were 3.27s in the tried-and-true GM 10-bolt housing. The engine bay itself is further proof that this is a low-mileage car, as there are no signs of rust, damage, or even plain old age. It's super-clean under the hood, from the giant twin-snorkel air intake to the distinctive TPI intake manifold with long runners that help build torque. All the plastic pieces are in excellent condition, including the bottles for coolant and washer fluid, and even the cover over the rear-mounted distributor is still there (often one of the first pieces to be removed by shade-tree mechanics). IROCs were typically loaded with options from the factory, and this one sports A/C, power steering, and power disc brakes, all of which are in 100% operational condition. In fact, the only non-original parts I can find on this car are the battery and tires!

The interior is pure 1987, and I really did it. I think the day is fast approaching when cars like this fall into their rightful place along-side vehicles like Panther Pink Dodge Challengers and Sea Foam Green ’57 Chevys so retro, they're hip. With T-tops, those light colored cloth buckets are probably a lot cooler in the hot sun than black seats, and the dark piping gives the interior an upscale feel. Everything is in excellent condition, and even the driver's seat bolsters show little wear. Carpets are very nice, and the original steering wheel now carries a black leather wrap to give it a little more heft in your hands. And I don't think anyone has ever been in the back seat, it's just too clean. The trunk compartment is like new with bags and tie-downs for the T-tops, and it sure looks like the space-saver spare has never been used.

We've said it before, and our sales are evidence of it: people buy the cars of their youth. Right now, cars of the mid- to late-70s are red-hot, and the day is fast approaching when cars like this ’87 IROC will become legitimate collector items. I know that whenever I see a clean one, I'm instantly transported back to high school and who doesn't love that feeling? That's what drives a good part of this hobby, and it's why clean, unmolested cars like this one will eventually be valuable collector pieces. Will this one turn to gold overnight? No. But stock IROCs are incredibly difficult to find. Add in a rare color and interior, low miles, and incredible condition, and you have the foundation of any investment-grade vehicle. And if it makes you feel like a kid again, so much the better. Call now!

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