First Five-Speed: 1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5.0L H.O. – NOW $9,500
December 30th Update: Posted just last week at an even $10,000 the private seller has already reduced their asking price by $500 making this Z/28 an even more attractive buy. Good luck with the purchase!
Halfway through the 1983 model year, when Chevrolet launched carbureted 190 horsepower 305 cubic inch V8 Z/28 mated to a Borg-Warner T5 five-speed manual, it was a sign the Malaise Era was about to come to an end. This red over gray cloth example here on Craigslist in Morris Plains, New Jersey appears to be a nicely equipped unmodified example currently offered for $10,000. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Z/28 priced $1,600 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $11,600. If you are serious about purchasing this Z/28, you can start the conversation by e-mailing the seller here.
Significant mechanical improvements arrived with the 1983 Chevrolet Camaro, an indication that manufacturers, including GM, were easing back to performance. Three models were offered: The Camaro Sport Coupe attracted 63,806 buyers, with prices starting at $8,036; the Berlinetta drew 27,925 orders from $9,881 and the Z28 found 62,650 enthusiasts at prices from $10,336.
A 5-speed manual transmission became available and was standard on the Berlinetta and Z28 but optional on the Sport Coupe, which kept the 4-speed as standard equipment. A 4-speed automatic transmission was introduced, and referred to as an overdrive unit. It was optional on all models but the only automatic for the Z28. The 4-speed automatic attracted 68,844 buyers at $525 extra, while 49,536 buyers chose the 3-speed automatic for an additional $425.
Sales slipped to 154,381, with 9,926 four-cylinder models, 54,332 V-6 units and 90,123 V-8s. The base four-cylinder engine displaced 151 cid and developed 92hp. The 173 cid V-6 was good for 107hp and the base 305 cid V-8 was good for 150hp. A total of 54,332 buyers chose the V-6 for an extra $150, though it was standard on the Camaro Berlinetta.
Meanwhile, 67,053 buyers paid $350 extra for the 150hp 305 V-8, which was standard on the Z28. Z28 buyers had two extra choices. First was the 175hp V-8 with cross-fire fuel injection, and 19,847 buyers shelled out $450 for that. Mid-year, the 190hp HO engine was introduced with more power and a simpler four-barrel carburetor. The HO engine also had a more radical cam, cold air intakes behind the headlights and a cast alloy manifold. It was only available with a 5-speed gearbox and 3,223 buyers paid $450 for that combination.
Luxury and convenience items dominated the options list, as had been the case for years. A total of 144,375 cars had tinted glass, 128,798 had air conditioning, 69,085 had power windows, 52,858 had power door locks, 51,471 had glass T-tops, 72,616 head cruise control, 97,570 had a rear window defogger, 30,238 had a rear cover for the trunk, 10,900 had a rear wiper/washer for the hatch, and 78,239 featured a power hatch release. Black roof moldings attracted 88,371 buyers, side moldings went to 65,527 buyers, door edge moldings to 46,505 buyers, and 39,118 ordered a rear spoiler (standard on the Z28). The 8-track stereo was no longer available.
Among performance options, 18,710 had the Positraction axle, 7,207 had the sport suspension, 9,550 had four-wheel disc brakes, 32,162 had the 5-speed manual gearbox, 9,949 had the special instrument package, 57,203 had the Rally wheels, and 18,052 had the heavy duty radiator.
Only 10 colors were offered on the ’83 Chevy Camaro. Black led with 25,044 buyers, while 23,787 went for White. Close behind were Red (23,419), Charcoal (19,485), Dark Blue (15,871), Silver (12,837), Light Brown (9,886) Dark Brown (9,557), Light Blue (9,757) and Beige (4338).
We love this ’83 Camaro for two reasons. First, this remains the unloved Z/28 as the cars that followed just a few model years later came with more power. Yet, we can’t for the life of us understand why someone would pick a late-70s example over this this example as the third-generation F-Bodies were much better cars. Second, this ad just screams to us there’s a good story about this example this is not provided in the seller’s description. If you’re looking for a decent handling stock Z/28 you can cruise comfortably in that’s equally welcome at any Cars & Coffee or RADwood event, this would be a great example to check out. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1983 Chevy Camaro Z28
Excellent condition always garage kept no rust.
Carbureted 305 V8
5 speed manual
T tops with transport bag.
Recent new belts, hoses, struts, battery.
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