Back in the early ‘90s, the Chevy Camaro led the pack at the 77th Indy 500 with Jim Perkins and Don Bailey behind the wheel. To commemorate the occasion, General Motors built 645 special edition models for the buying public. This particular Chevy Camaro is one such example, and judging by the condition, it looks like it rolled off the production line yesterday.
This particular Chevy Camaro Z28 Pace Car Edition is owned by Stash Pawlinski, who keeps his prize safely tucked away in a climate-controlled garage. When it does leave the garage, Pawlinski’s Camaro is usually on its way to a car show – in fact, according to the owner, this early ‘90s classic has collected a fair amount of hardware, taking the class win in more than a dozen local shows.
Pawlinski’s passion for muscle cars was first sparked in the ‘60s. His uncle had a body shop at a Chrysler dealership in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and as a kid, Pawlinski’s insatiable love of for muscle cars was more than evident. “I knew more about them than his salesmen,” Pawlinski tells GM Authority. “He taught me everything about running his dealership as though I was his son.”
Pawlinski ended up becoming an educator, but his passion for go-fast machinery never waned. Over the years, he’s had “at least one” example of every Chevy Corvette generation ever produced, including a 1986 Indy Pace Car edition, which he owned for 26 years. In addition to the Chevy Camaro featured here, Pawlinski also owns a C7 Chevy Corvette Z06, and he has a 2022 C8 Corvette on order as well.
No surprise then than when Pawlinski was given a chance at owning this mint 1993 Chevy Camaro Z28 Pace Car, he jumped on it. “I wanted to make one more trip to the Pace Car reunion at Indy,” Pawlinski tells GM Authority.
Purchased less than a year ago, the car now boasts just 700 miles on the clock, and the fit and finish is nothing short of outstanding. “I think that has been one of the reasons it’s done so well at shows,” Pawlinski tells GM Authority.
Inside, this Chevy Camaro is equipped with the original Delco Bose stereo, which was fitted with a subtle Bluetooth functionality and auxiliary port. However, this minor modification was hidden away, and can’t be seen on the radio face. “When I though I was going to Indy, Bluetooth was highly desired,” he tells GM Authority.
The power spec includes a 5.7L V8 engine rated at 275 horsepower, which mates to an automatic transmission with overdrive feeding a performance axle ratio.
Now, Pawlinski says his 1993 Chevy Camaro Z28 Pace Car is up for sale. However, something tells us the sale proceeds aren’t the end of the road – rather, it will simply go back to source, once again fueling Pawlinski’s passion.