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Rough Start: Where Did All Of The Second-Gen Camaros Like This Go?


Rough Start: Where Did All Of The Second-Gen Camaros Like This Go?

Second-generation Chevrolet Camaros have finally eclipsed their reputations as the ultimate redneck hot rod and have started skyrocketing in value. We aren’t talking just the 1970-73 models, we’re talking¬†all three versions of the second-generation Camaro. Yes, even the chrome railroad-bumper 1974-77 versions. On one hand, I’m happy to see these cars getting respect back and being cleaned up. My first love has always been a 1975-77 Camaro. (I like the bigger back window.) But any kind of second generation Camaro used to have a typical build pattern, and this 1981 Z28 is just about there as you see it. All it’s missing is the hike in the back that was more for looks than anything else. But I like this car as I see it…and I’m not a fan of the rubber bumper cars! Super Tricks? L-88 scoop? Warmed up small block? Yes, yes and all sorts of yes! Get the restoration catalog ready for the interior and get to spinning wrenches! This thing should scream!

The only way to make this thing cooler in my eyes would be to touch up the paint, take care of the small bodywork details, and get the Z28 stripes that run low on the doors in the blue that matches the interior. Does it need to be a ten-second car? We’d love that, but we’d love to see it street driven every day. But you know what? You could easily have both in this package!

From the ad:

“HAS A BUILT 355…. POSI 373 REAREND… 2 1/2 INCH EXHAUST WITH FLOWASTERS…
1981 CHEVY CAMARO Z28 HAS BUILT 355 V8 AUTO ON FLOOR
EDELBROCK PERFORMACE CAM SHAFT.. DOUBLE ROLLER CHAIN… 750 CFM EDELBROCK CARB.
FULL LENGTH HEADERS… FLOWMASTER… PERFORMER RPM INTAKE… TRACTION BARRS…
HEI … NEW PLUS.. WIRES.. OIL CHANGE… FRESH TRANNY SERVICE
CAR HAS FIBBER GLASS LIFT OFF HOOD… BUCKETS… CONSOLE.. AND FLOOR SHIFT.
10 GALLON FUEL CELL IN TRUNK… RACING WHEELS AND TIRES…
GOOD PLATES… AND TAGS… CLEAN NOTERIZED TITLE IN HAND”

Craigslist Link: 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28


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12 thoughts on “Rough Start: Where Did All Of The Second-Gen Camaros Like This Go?

  1. jerry z

    The dreaded aftermarket sunroof! They were the ‘in’ item back in the day and seen many potential cars ruined because of it. Too bad cause the car seems to be in nice shape otherwise.

  2. Glen Hayes

    Not sure but I have a pretty good idea that the reason there are not many left is because they were chopped and turned into sportsman racers at the local dirt track.

  3. Old Timer

    My first car was a 1970 RS Camaro purchased when I was 16. When I moved away from home, I was lucky my Dad agreed to keep the car in his garage for 26 years while I was off doing other stuff. I\’m happy to report we have been re-united and it is now being properly abused on the street and at the strip just like back in the day. The car is 48 and I\’m 60!

  4. Greg

    Rear sub frame rust claimed most of the Rust Belt second gens. This one being Nevada should be good. Dig the videos, it sounds pretty badass.

  5. geo815

    If you own a Harbor Freight tool of any kind, you probably have a piece of a mullet-mobile in your tool box.

  6. Chevy Hatin\' Mad Geordie

    If my welfare payments would stretch I\’d have this. Trouble is that since I live in Mom\’s basement I don\’t have the garage space.

  7. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    If my welfare payments would stretch I’d have this. Trouble is that since I live in Mom’s basement I don’t have the garage space.

  8. Eric

    Grew up riding around in the back seat of my dads 79 Z in the 80s-90s before it was pretty much a designated strip only car. Now building my own 79 in preparation for some big events in 2019! Big block and banging on the 4 gear!

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