The only way you could get the large and reliable 350 cubic-inch Chevy small block in 1980 was with the Z/28 package. So it’s great to not only have the top motor in this cool cruiser, but also it’s great to know the V8 is the original numbers-matching unit. You can really tell this is a time capsule classic by the details like the diaphragm around the air cleaner for the for the induction hood, and the “Keep your GM car all GM” decal that enthusiasts look for. Emissions regulations meant this powerplant didn’t always have the best horsepower figures of the Camaros, but the ace up its sleeve was that this motor has similar torque figures to the Mercedes sports cars of the day. Plus, this one gives you the most out of the V8 with the control of a four-speed manual. Adding to this driver’s attitude are features like power steering, front disc brakes, and BF Goodrich T/A tires at all four corners.

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