Lots of automakers send their outgoing models off with a bang. In Camaro's case, it was an awesome, bright red, 325 horsepower finale to its fourth-generation car. Any 2002 Camaro with a V8 is a formidable weapon that can hold its own against many new cars, but this Z/28 includes all of the visual cues to give everyone ample warning. This gorgeous convertible, with 18,572 original miles, is a prime example of a car that can only go up in value as the years roll by.
Outside, you can see that this wasn't just a low mileage car, but a very well kept low-mileage car. There are no modifications to the exterior, but what's needed? You've got shiny black paint, totally cool twisted flag stripes, an aggressive nose, a subtle rear spoiler and one of the meanest stances money could buy. The last of the 4th generation cars got new flush-mounted headlights, and they look particularly good on the Z/28. As far as condition, you can see in the pictures just how glossy the original paint is and thanks to extensive use of glass fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) panels, the only real parts of the body you even could dent were the quarter panels. The black convertible top is in excellent condition, and it operates as it should. Lights and lenses are all clear and bright. One thing's for certain: you're not going to sneak around unnoticed in this car!
Inside, wear surfaces like the seats and door panels look just as you'd expect for an 18,000 mile car. The seats use standard black leather that's still in fantastic condition with only slight signs of use on the drive's chair. Of course, you can't miss the dash plaque telling you you're in something special, although as GM special editions go, this one plays it pretty cool. Full instrumentation is up front while a 500 watt Monsoon stereo with an in-dash CD player and steering wheel radio controls delights your ears for when you're cruising. Power everything from the windows to the mirrors to the driver's seat allows you to find your comfort zone. And again, check the odometer; this is an 18 year old car with 18,000 miles! Camaros also have modest trunks that are practical enough, but there's always the back seat if you need to stow your gear for a weekend away.
Its mechanical package is standard Z/28 fare, but that's nothing to sneeze at. There's a thoroughly modern, all-aluminum LS1 under the hood. 305 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque doesn't sound like much compared to a new Camaro, but it's hauling around over 600 fewer pounds and there are a lot of these cars running high 12's right out of the box. New for 2001 were the Corvette LS6 intake manifold and cam, and those changes really woke up the motor. A healthy growl emanates from the low restriction dual exhausts and the 4-speed automatic transmission snaps to attention when your right foot calls up some horsepower. Of course, the Z/28 came with nearly every power feature from massive disc brakes at all four corners to power steering with a fluid cooler. 16-inch wheels are at all four corners and they wear fresh 235/55/16 Kumho radials.
Built with a nod to history, the 2002 Camaro represented 35 straight years' worth of production for Chevy's pony car. One of only a handful of Anniversary convertibles made, this is a great car with good upside potential in the future. Call today!