1988 Chevrolet Camaro $16,995
"Don't discount the appeal of a third-gen Camaro, because cars like this 1988 Chevrolet Camaro ragtop offer a ton of performance for not a lot of cash. And with just 11,196 original miles, this white convertible is one of those proverbial ""cream puffs"" that have led easy lives. You want to relive the '80s, this is the ideal way to do it!
This really was the top of the food chain back in the late '80s, a V8-powered F-body ragtop. Sure, the Corvettes might have been faster but a 'Vette was your dad's car. No, this Camaro had it going on in 1988 and if you owned one, you were truly The Man. With so few miles, this one is extremely nice, including the bright white paint that's unquestionably original. There are a few of the usual signs of age and use that you'd expect, but that deep chin spoiler hasn't been abused by tall curbs or steep driveways and still looks almost new. Fit and finish in '88 were decent (probably better than you remember) and this car still attracts attention on the street. Black and silver accents on the rockers are used to great effect without being over-done, and the convertible also received a subtle ducktail rear spoiler that's ideal with the long rear deck offered by the convertible body style.
The gray cloth interior is likewise in great shape and remains comfortable and user-friendly. As with the exterior, the interior shows very little wear or signs of age on the upholstery and the seats still feel as firm as they did in the showroom. Cloth seats and big analog gauges are ideal for performance driving, and the grippy fabric and funky steering wheel are certainly appropriate for a car from the '80s. Camaros came loaded with features, but this one also includes options like ice cold A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt steering column, and a modern AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo. A black canvas convertible top fits superbly and while the trunk is not exactly spacious, it's usefully shaped for overnight bags on a road trip. And remarkably, it includes a space-saver spare that's never been used, something you only rarely see still in these cars.
The 5.0-liter fuel-injected V8 was optional in the Camaro and when paired with the 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, makes for a car with a bit of a split personality. Drive it gently, and it's happy to trundle through traffic without a complaint. But stomp on the loud pedal and it reacts with a stout torque curve that can light up the tires almost at will. The engine bay is quite stock, a rarity on one of the most modifiable cars ever created, and it has been properly maintained so no worries about a car that has been laid up for decades needing major service. The underside is extremely clean and it's quite unlikely that this car has ever seen weather more severe than a spring shower. The original single exhaust system still has its factory catalytic converter, so it's legal in all 50 states and the suspension isn't nearly as harsh as you remember; it's a nice cruiser. Five-spoke alloy wheels were part of the package and they wear 215/65/15 blackwall radials all around.
Go ahead and try to find a fresher 3rd generation Camaro convertible. This is a great find, already outfitted just the way you would have ordered yours back in 1988. Call today!