Mullet Muscle: 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 38K Survivor – SOLD!

by | Jun 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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July 6, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

June 16, 2023 Update – One week after first posting a Craigslist ad for their 38K-mile ’89 IROC-Z, the seller replaced that listing with a fresh one.  While the pictures and description remain the same, they lowered their asking price from $25,900 to $23,700.

The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z is the most mocked car from the Rad Era (1980-1999). Stereotypes can be put aside.

This third-generation Camaro shows how well car makers recovered from the Malaise era, an era of poor performance. Equipped with a 5.7L V8 these are capable and great sounding performers. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find unmodified, survivor-quality examples of all generations of Camaros. These examples become harder to find and add to your collection as time passes.

This bronze 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, last spotted for sale in June 2023 on Craigslist in Tucson, Arizona, is a viable candidate. This IROC-Z has only 38,000 original miles. It is an amazing find for someone who wanted to buy it in the 1980s but didn’t have the money.

Last offered for $25,900, confirms that the asking price is slightly lower than the one-year rolling average of the guide’s summary.

Click the green dots in the graph. This will take you to each comparable car sold. This will help you evaluate the price of the IROC-Z for sale.

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask lands above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $20,550 before factoring in adjustments for the 5.7L engine and other options.

The Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z was a popular pony car. It was part of the third generation of the Chevrolet Camaro model. The IROC-Z was released in 1989.

The IROC-Z was a special performance package offered by Chevrolet. It stands for International Race of Champions-Z28, which was named after the racing series.

Exterior: The Camaro IROC-Z featured a sleek and aggressive design, showcasing the iconic styling cues of the third-generation Camaros. It had a low, aerodynamic profile with a long hood and a short rear deck. The rear of the car had a spoiler and unique taillights. The IROC-Z package also included special badging, decals, and 16-inch alloy wheels, giving it a distinctive appearance.

Engine and Performance: Under the hood, the 1989 Camaro IROC-Z offered impressive performance capabilities. It came equipped with a 5.7-liter (350 cubic inches) V8 engine as standard. This engine produced 240 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque, providing excellent acceleration and power delivery.

The IROC-Z also featured tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and a limited-slip differential, enhancing its handling and overall performance. It offered a smooth and thrilling driving experience, combining power and agility.

Transmission and Drivetrain: The 1989 Camaro IROC-Z was available with a choice of two transmissions. The standard option was a 5-speed manual transmission, allowing drivers to engage with the car’s performance fully.

Optionally, buyers could select a 4-speed automatic transmission, which provided convenient and smooth gear changes. Power was sent to the rear wheels, creating a rear-wheel-drive setup. This setup improved the Camaro’s dynamic handling.

Interior: Inside the IROC-Z, the focus was on driver-centric design and comfort. The cabin featured supportive and bolstered bucket seats that provided a secure and comfortable seating position. The interior upholstery options ranged from cloth to leather, depending on the buyer’s preference.

The dashboard design was simple and functional, with a clear instrument cluster that provided vital information to the driver. Standard features included power windows, power locks, air conditioning, and a premium audio system, offering a pleasant driving experience.

Legacy and Impact: The 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z was highly regarded for its performance capabilities and aggressive styling. It was popular among car enthusiasts and enjoyed success both on the streets and at the racetrack.

The IROC-Z package increased the Camaro’s recognition as a performance symbol. It highlighted its connection to the International Race of Champions racing series. The third-generation Camaros were very important to the revival of the muscle car segment during the 1980s and early 1990s. The IROC-Z was one of these models.

Overall, the 1989 Chevrolet IROC Z28 Camaro was a powerful and stylish performance car that combined sleek looks with impressive performance. Its design, engine, and features made it a desirable choice. It offered an exhilarating driving experience.

The Classic Cars Today Online YouTube Channel features this 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROCZ commercial:

This 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z for sale is a nicely preserved low-mileage and unmodified survivor example. Finding a well-preserved third-generation IROC-Z Camaro for sale is becoming increasingly difficult. The cost of these cars is likely to rise, so now may be the best time to invest in one. Prices could climb even higher in the future.

If you are interested in purchasing this Camaro IROC Z28, you can start the process by contacting the seller. Their contact information can be found in their Craigslist ad. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their survivor Camaro featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Car is located in Tucson Arizona 


I’m selling this all original 38,000 original miles
1989 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 i-ROC-Z
non-smoker V8 350 5.7 automatic

very nice and well-kept
and garage kept since new one owner Arizona car not 1 ounce of rust.
Rust free and excellent condition. Inside out runs and drives excellent very smooth and quiet and powerful. Everything works. It has power windows, power door locks, tilt wheel, cruise control, radio
Just had everything service.

All new plugs oil change
brand new fuel pump
fuel filter, and sending unit
All new injectors, brand new gas tank
Had the AC updated works
ice cold A/C

Car was sitting for a while, but now it runs beautifully and looks beautiful
it holds a clean and clear title in hand.
$25,900 please call me


Show or go: What would you do with this 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROCZ For Sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

  1. Todd Zuercher

    What happened to “Rad Era Editor Jeff Lavery”?

    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Todd, candidly with not growing as quickly as we had hoped and with a lack of sold auction cars, we had to cut back on having guest Editors like Jeff. We miss his contributions and we are still on great terms. If you’re a fan of his work, he continues to post regularly on Barnfinds. Additionally, you can check his website TheCommonGear andI encourage you to subscribe to his blog on SubStack.


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