Two for One Deal
It almost isn’t fair. Some people dream their whole lives of having a Camaro, while others have an abundance. A good example of this is Gary Kilbride and his two F-bodies. His first one is an ’82 Z28 he picked up back in 1989. As Gary told us, “I was tired of doing the four-door sedan thing because my wife and I had four boys. We got her an ’80 Cutlass and I decided it was time to buy her a real car. I wanted a third-gen Camaro. After a day of looking, I called my wife to tell her that all the Camaros I looked at were not what I was interested in. She mentioned that while shopping that day she saw one at a Nissan dealership near our house. Well, this turned out to be my third-gen.” Over the years, the Z28 has gotten fresh paint along with a stronger TH350 trans and a posi rearend. Eventually, he wants to tackle the suspension and tired small-block, but for now he’s just enjoying the ride. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had from a daily driver," Gary mused.
His other ride falls more on the new side in the form of an ’02 SS. “This is the first new car I ever bought. I’m not a convertible guy, and I don’t gravitate to the color red, but I do love this car. This purchase was to get one of the last Camaros to be built. Although we knew, or at least hoped, that the Camaro would make a comeback,” recalled Gary.
The ’02 has all the SLP options offered and is the six-speed version. Gary only takes it out on special occasions, which explains the scant 3,700 miles on the clock.
Typically, when we use the term “survivor” in relation to a car, it’s generally associated with a first- or second-gen Camaro. But let’s face it, enough time has passed that we need to open that envelope to encompass third-gens as well. After all, even a newer example, like Scott Mayo’s ’90 IROC-Z has been around for over 20 years of potential abuse. Scott is the car’s fourth owner and there’s only 21,000 miles on the ticker, or around 1,000 miles a year. As such, it’s in pristine shape. The IROC has all the right options including the 1LE package, 305 TPI engine, and five-speed manual transmission. “The 1LE package was developed so that Chevrolet would be competitive in the SCCA Showroom Stock Racing Series. For the ’88 and ’89 model years, only licensed SCCA drivers could purchase the 1LE package, but that restriction was lifted for the ’90 model year. The 1LE package would be included when the IROC was ordered with the G92 Performance Rear Axle and Air Conditioning Delete. "These are the COPO Camaros of their era,” relayed Scott. The option also added four-wheel disc brakes, 3.42 rear gears, an aluminum driveshaft, engine oil cooler, larger sway bars, Koni shocks, a baffled gas tank, and larger 12-inch front rotors with 'Vette calipers. This makes for a fairly rare Camaro; in fact, Scott’s is number 27 of only 34 made in 1990 with the 1LE and five-speed.
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