This 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is the sleek standout coupe you’ve been waiting for

Bold looks, cold A/C interior, and a strong numbers-matching V8 – it’s all part of a package where every inch of the presentation tells you this is a well-respected classic.

This is the last year for the second-gen Camaro, and it was allowed to evolve into arguably the best design of the era. Chevrolet created a classically sleek and sporty look from every angle. The pointed front end is accented further by the sharp power dome hood. The profile is a sporty fastback that almost looks European. And even the taillights have an artful symmetry. You see all these elements so well thanks to straight sheet metal and the huge gloss in the factory-correct black paint. As you look over the whole car, there’s a feeling of respect. You can tell there were investments made to keep stock pieces looking good, and anything that may have needed replacing was done with the correct pieces. So this is the car that will cause some debate between friends about pristinely original or factory-sourced replacement. And there are plenty of details to look over. This true Z/28 carries all the correct features, like the chin spoiler that wraps around the wheel openings, fender vents, and spoiler that boldly covers the trunk end-to-end. All of this is accented further with the premium tri-tone golden stripe package that looks so well coordinated that even the N90 alloy wheels are part of the color theme.

The interior is dark, clean, and just as well-presented/preserved as the exterior. So you have a deep black on the door panels, dash, and center console. It’s such a time capsule that even the dome light and gauge backlights work. But what you’ll also appreciate is how this Z/28 is a true driver’s car. You get a high-back bucket seat, an armrest center console in-between, the Z/28’s cool corded sports steering wheel, and a full gauge panel with large speedo and tach. You have the kind of features that make for a good cruiser, like power windows and a tilt steering column. Plus, the factory air conditioning is now blowing cold with R134a refrigerant to help keep it easy to service for many years to come.

Under the hood is Chevy’s stout small block V8, and on a car that has been so authentic this far, you’ll be happy to know this is the numbers-matching motor, too. Enthusiasts will love the authentic level of detail, right down to the diaphragm around the air cleaner for the cowl induction hood. And there has been the right care everywhere from fresh block paint to a newer dual exhaust. You’re in complete control of this V8 and its soundtrack thanks to the numbers-matching four-speed manual transmission. Adding to this driver’s attitude are features like power steering, power brakes, front discs, a good set of BF Goodrich T/As, and sway bars front & rear.

Crisp, clean, and absolutely cool, this stick-shift Camaro delivers a terrific driver’s attitude in an exceptionally vintage package.

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