If you were a Chevy performance fan in the 1980s, and you couldn’t swing the admission price for a Corvette, the Camaro IROC-Z was your chance to have most of that power and performance for fewer dollars.
Beginning in 1985, RPO B4Z, the IROC Sport Equipment Package (IROC stood for International Race of Champions), found its way on to the Camaro order form. A $659 option, the package included special front struts and springs, Delco-Bilstein rear shocks, special rear springs and stabilizer bar, higher-effort steering, increased caster, front frame rail reinforcement, Goodyear Eagle P245/50VR tires on 16×8 aluminum wheels, fog lamps, chassis tweaks, and a unique graphics package. The IROC option was not a standalone package, but one that could be ordered on Z28s. It became its own package in 1988 and remained so until its end in 1990.
Camaro IROC-Zs were impressive. They would run seven-second 0-60 sprints and pull 0.92g on the skidpad fresh from the showroom floor and were under $20,000 brand new. For the time, those were pretty decent stats. Because of this, most IROCs got hammered. If you were a high school or college-age gearhead in the 1980s or ‘90s, you likely saw it first-hand.
This Camaro IROC-Z being sold on Bring A Trailer was a one-owner prior to the selling dealer’s acquisition last month. It is accompanied by all the Point-of-Sale literature, Certificate of Origin, window sticker, clean Carfax, and a clean title from the State of Massachusetts. The price on the window sticker is just $18,659.
Bright Red over a black-and-white cloth interior, it is equipped with glass T-tops, rear window louvers, the optional 230-horsepower L98 Tuned Port Injection 350 backed by the 700R4 automatic transmission and a limited-slip diff. It looks to be wearing period correct Goodyear Eagle ZR50s, which miraculously show no signs of cracking. The odometer reads just shy of 440 miles (436 to be exact), with 50 of those coming from the seller.
Scanning through the pics, there are few signs to indicate the Camaro IROC-Z’s age. Some delamination can be noted along the A-pillars and base of the windshield. There looks to be a poorly matched paint touch-up just fore of the gas filler door. Aside from that, the rest of the car is gorgeous. The two-tone black and silver stripes that circle the car are flawless, and the contrasting black inserts for the headlights and driving lights/license plate surrounds just pop. There are none of the usual curb or parking barrier scrapes that so often attend cars with long, low front overhangs. Turn signal and driving light lenses are all clear, crisp.
There don’t appear to be the usual telltale heel scuffs on the door sills, wear on the driver’s side seat bolster, scuffed pedals, or steering wheel wear found on any other car that has seen use. The rubber weatherstrip presents as new. Even the door jambs and doors are glossy red. The engine bay is tidy, correct, and complete. The undercarriage is as spotless as the rest of the car.
Someone is going to buy one of the lowest-mile Camaro IROC-Zs in existence. At the time of this writing, the bidding has crested $55,000, and the auction ends on December 14th.