“How You Gettin’ Down to the Shore?”: 1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5-Speed

  • April 13, 2021
The Rundown
  • 37k-Miles on the Odometer
  • 5.0L w/ 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Everything is Said to Work Properly
  • Reported to Drive Beautifully
  • Looks Like New
Why We Like It

The final years of the Third Gen Camaros are the stuff of legend – Chevrolet had dialed in a lot of the little quality issues, power was way up, handling was razor sharp, and styling was still muscular and sporty. Of them all, the king of the hill was the Z28, especially with the 5.7L V8, but those could only be had with the 4-speed automatic transmission and the 5.7 added a little bit of weight to the nose of the Camaro, which meant it was hairier taking it around curves and corners. Conversely, the 5.0L V8 revs beautifully and makes plenty of torque to scoot the Camaro down the line swiftly and around the curves with a balanced degree of ease, thanks to the lighter weight. And with the available manual transmission, drivers have more control all around, a real sporty driving experience – many feel that although the 5.0L lacks the raw grunt of the 5.7L, it more than makes up for it in overall athleticism.

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how-you-gettin-down-to-the-shore-1991-chevrolet-camaro-z28-5-speed-manual00C0C anX0asAyp7Jz 0CI0t2 1200x900And that’s this car – the 5.0L, 5-speed manual transmission Camaro Z28. Still wearing its original white paint, the listing says it’s only got a couple of dime-sized little dings but that it's overall in very good shape, the paint is shiny, and the panels line up perfectly. The interior is likewise in great shape, the patterned cloth upholstery and black vinyl surfaces showing tremendously well. The original AM/FM/Cassette stereo head unit is still in place, and all things told, this car looks like it’s been garaged and pampered its whole life. The owner says it fires up on the first twist, with no smoke, and is a joy to drive - and why wouldn’t it be? With less than 40k miles from new, this car would be a well-preserved example of how things used to be.

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Valuation Verdict

Third Gen F-Bodies have been going up in value quite steadily of late. It’s easy to jump all over this one for not having T-Tops, leather, the bigger engine, or even the rear wing – but sometimes it’s the cars that are so sparce that are the most interesting because they didn’t build many with so little. Also, having a carburetor in a car that almost certainly left the factory with fuel injection raises a few questions, but honestly, it looks like it was set up by someone intending to enjoy it at SCCA racing or something similar – it’s very light because it has so few options, but it’s the 5-speed, 5.0L, so it’s got the handling and control in mind. We've seen higher mileage cars sell at auction for similar money, leading us to call this one 'Fair Market' at or below the seller's reasonable ask.

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