- Owner: Bobby Johnson
- Location: Deatsville, Alabama
- Found: Craigslist
- Purchase price: $1,700
- Years owned: Three
I was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California and wanted something to work on, then sell. I bought this Camaro because it had drivetrain and transmission upgrades, which I could advertise. But it needed work. It didn’t run, the paint was faded, interior pieces were missing, the carburetor needed to be rebuilt, and there was no exhaust. The original sticker with the model name was ripped off the console, but I know it’s an ’88 Camaro. The suspension and a few other markers make me think it’s an IROC-Z, but even now, I’m not sure what the exact model is.
I did everything except for the paint in my own garage—seats from a 2001 Camaro, new sound system, a few engine upgrades. I made everything real clean, then put it up for sale. I had so many people test-drive it before someone made a legitimate offer, and—I declined. I had fallen in love with the car. I was sentimental.
When I got orders to move to Texas for military training, I towed it behind my truck. On the way, I unloaded and spent a day driving the Camaro around the Grand Canyon. I was passing a beautiful view and this family outside their RV having lunch all turned their heads, looked, and gave me the thumbs-up. I would have never expected someone at that beautiful site to admire a car. Now, if the Camaro gets sold, it’ll be after I’m gone.
ANALOG AND DIGITAL DESIGN: On this era of Camaros, the front fender lip is very prominent and geometric and the rear is softer and more subtle. That’s because Chevrolet designed the front fenders on one of the first CAD programs and did the back ones with sketches and clay.
This appears in the October 2018 issue.