Arctic White
Torch Red
5.7 Liter L98 V8
4 Speed Automatic

If you're a fan of keeping a low profile like I am (and if you really believe a Camaro can be stealthy), then this is your car. From the Arctic White paint job, to its relative lack of stripes, graphics, logos, and add-ons, this 1992 Camaro Z28 keeps its presence under the radar, but packs a big punch where it matters most. And combine that white body with a gorgeous red leather interior, and you have one of the most attractive and classic color combinations ever invented. With just 11,190 miles from new, this Z28 is definitely a keeper.

Second only to the bizarrely-named “Dark Bright Teal” in 1992, the code 10 Arctic White paint job on this Z looks showroom new in every way. Since the factory decided against a 25th anniversary model and with no celebration of the 3rd generation F-bodys final year, someone decided to load up a Z28 with the big L98 motor and a ton of options, then put it away for posterity. Short of perhaps a 1LE race car, THIS is the one to own if you're looking into your crystal ball for future investments. According to the factory build sheet, this one features the following options (among other things):

AC3 Power seatAM9 Split rear seatAU3 Power door locksA01 Tinted glassA31 Power windowsA90 Power trunk releaseB34 Front floor matsB35 Rear floor matsB84 Body side moldingsC49 Rear window defrosterC60 Air conditioningDG7 Electric outside mirrorsD81 Rear spoilerGU5 3.23 axleG80 PositractionJ65 4-wheel disc brakesK34 Cruise controlL98 5.7L fuel injected motorMD8 4-speed automatic transmissionNP5 Leather steering wheelN33 Tilt steering columnT96 Fog lamps

The bodywork, of course, is as new in every way. Stored indoors from new and never used as a daily driver, the paint on this car shows you how good GM was in 1992, and the results may surprise you. White is an easy color to apply, and looks incredible on the clean, chiseled flanks of the 3rd generation Camaro. Stylists scaled back their stripes and GM was getting over its love affair with gold graphics and stickers, leaving one great-looking car behind. The rear spoiler was taken from the 1LE racers, and was actually functional, although I don't know that I like the looks as much as the earlier ducktail units. But its use also means that the center, high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) was moved from the spoiler to the inside of the rear window, significantly cleaning up the rear of the car. This one sports rub strips on the doors (not that it ever needed them) and a red pinstripe that matches the interior, but that's about it in terms of exterior decoration. The standard Z28 badges are found on the rockers and rear bumper, and the hood is the standard Z28 unit with matching white inserts, making this car look, well, stealthy. And it's all beautifully preserved.

Fortunately, the guy who ordered this car knew exactly what he was doing when it came to selecting the power-train. In 1992, GM gave you a myriad of choices in the Camaro, ranging from a wheezing 140-horsepower V6 to a brutal 350 V8 and this one packs the top motor. Everyone knows it was basically a Corvette motor, and the only differences in horsepower between a Camaro and a Corvette was entirely due to the Camaros more restrictive exhaust. But in 1992, they'd finally had enough of the Mustang 5.0 slapping them around and uncorked it for good. With 245 horsepower and 345 pounds of torque on tap, it became the undisputed king of the pony car engines. Thankfully, this one is unmodified save for a K&N high performance air filter up front. Everything else remains in factory-original condition, with all the original markings, decals, and tags still in place as they should be. And anyone out there who doesn't think that L89 intake manifold isn't one of the coolest ever designed needs to have their head examined, because those independent intake runners look cool and are responsible for all that luscious torque production. This car has never seen snow and perhaps not even rain, given how clean the engine bay is. There's no sign of corrosion on any of the metal parts, the plastic components aren't brittle from heat soaking, and the wiring is as-new. Besides the air filter, the only other non-factory component under the hood is a new battery. Key it up, and it fires instantly as only a fuel injected engine can, then settles into that characteristic Camaro rumbling idle that acts like a warning sign not to screw with this car.

Underneath, it's a well-preserved time capsule that's original down to the 245/50/16 Goodyear Gatorback tires on the original 16-inch aluminum wheels. 4-wheel disc brakes were a welcome sight under such a powerful ponycar (a pox on Ford for insisting on rear drums for the Mustang until 1994), and I'm positive this car still sports the factory pads and rotors. The exhaust system is OEM, and there's no sign that this car has done anything except live a pampered life in a heated garage with an occasional exercise session to keep everything healthy and fit. Of course, the 700R4 4-speed automatic was a mandatory option with the 5.7 liter engine (no manual transmission could handle all that torque), and the 3.23 rear gears are a good compromise between acceleration and high-speed cruising ability. And speaking of torque, it's a good thing Positraction was included, because this thing will easily turn those vintage Goodyears into expensive smoke.

But I have to say that my favorite feature on this Camaro is the red leather interior. An expensive option when it was new, it was just another way that GM gave its customers the opportunity to truly customize the car to their own tastes. Yes, it's bright, vivid Torch Red, which is the only way to go when you have a black or white car like this one. In excellent condition throughout, it looks like the cows could have been wearing those skins only yesterday. There's very little appreciable wear on the driver's seat (which is power actuated), and none on the passenger's seat or in back. Color is deep and rich, with no signs of sun damage and someone has obviously kept these hides well moisturized over the years. Carpets are like new, and everything works properly. I'm pleased that the original buyer left T-tops off his list of selections, making this one of the tightest F-bodies I've ever driven. The A/C blows cold, the radio works perfectly, the windows go up and down, and it's every bit the car you would have received from your dealer in 1992. The trunk looks like it's never carried anything dirtier than a laundry bag, and the original jack and space-saver spare have never been used.

Documents are like the car just what you would have received in 1992, from the owner's manual to two original GM Broadcast Sheets, to the original dealer check in form.

Look at market guides and see which cars bring the most money. The first or last year of a particular model, the ones with the most options, the ones with the biggest engines, the ones in the best color combinations those are the ones that become hot collectibles in the future. Well, this one has all the right ingredients. 1992 was the last of the 3rd generation F-bodies. This one is loaded with options including that gorgeous leather interior. It packs the most powerful engine ever put in a 3rd generation Camaro. And that Arctic White over red leather color combination is truly spectacular (for me, the only way this car could be better is if it were black with red leather). With its incredible low mileage and beautiful preservation, THIS is the one I would buy for myself if I were shopping for an F-body like this. I suspect I'm not alone. Call now!

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