Over the years, the Chevrolet Camaro has been graced with enough acronyms and letter designations to rival a tall bowl of Alphaghetti: ZL1, 1LE, Z28, RS, SS, COPO, LT, LS and plenty more. But few Camaro model designations carry more clout than the famous five-letters-and-a-dash nomenclature introduced in 1985: IROC-Z.
Named after the International Race Of Champions racing series, the IROC-Z was introduced as an option package on Z28 models and added upgraded suspension, a lowered ride height, bigger sway bars, a new decal package, and special Delco-Bilstein shocks, among other mods.
Many were impostors, while others were used, abused and cast aside. And that’s just part of what makes this particular IROC-Z up for sale such a rare find.
The term “show room condition” is thrown around a lot, but this first-model-year IROC-Z should be the new benchmark, as it shows just 14,859 miles on the odometer and the seller claims it was always stored indoors. And we can believe it.
Under its scalloped hood sits a 305ci V8 mated to a THM 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission. The car sits on pristine 245/50R16 tires with five-spoke chrome wheels while four-wheel power disc brakes keep it all in check.
Pull the door handle up, climb inside, and you’ll find a spotless grey cloth interior fitted with plenty of mid-80s amenities like A/C and power steering. You also get a tinted T-top with a vinyl storage bag plus the original wheels and tires to boot.
It’s currently for sale by Vegas Muscle Cars for $22,995, which makes it awfully tempting if you’re currently in the market for a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze ECO Automatic, which has an MSRP of $22,195.
Sure, you’ll get a 7” MyLink touchscreen and fuel economy in the low 40s on the Cruze, but you definitely won’t get the nods or the satisfaction of owning a pristine, original Camaro IROC-Z.