If you''re of a certain age, say closer to 40 than 30, cars like this 1985 Camaro Z/28 are the vehicles of your childhood. This is the same market force driving the values in earlier muscle cars, and the day is probably not far off when these, too, will be highly sought collectibles. With good performance from a small block Chevy topped by a 4-barrel carburetor, and handsome good looks that are enhanced by the period-perfect black and gold paint job, this is a car that can easily be enjoyed without worries about depreciation. This Z/28 has been repainted once in its past, and shows very well today. The Z/28 was the top-of-the-line Camaro in ''85, and these were the days when ground effects and stripes were the height of muscle car fashion. In fact, the Z/28 had extended and redesigned ground effects, a new hood, new taillights, and a new rear bumper to accommodate the valances. The NACA-style hood ducts were replaced by simulated hood louvers that recalled the early Camaro''s hood treatment, while the taillights got a new grid pattern. The number of lower body stripes grew from two to four on the Z/28 with a body colored gap between the top three stripes. The repaint was done to OEM standards, and the car could probably even pass for a well-preserved original. Decals are correct, from the gold stripes around the lower half of the body, to the Z/28 badges on the rockers and tail. Wax it up and hit the road, and watch how many appreciative glances you get along the way. The interior is 100% original, and is just now starting to show its age. No doubt that with the T-tops, this car has spent a lot of time out in the sun, and the seats and carpets show some fading, although there are no rips, tears, or other noteworthy damage. The dash has cracked, although all the gauges are functional and clean, with the mileage shown believed to be correct. Z/28s usually came loaded from the factory, and this one includes things like A/C, power windows, a tilt wheel, and a decent AM/FM/cassette stereo system. Bucket seats were the only option in 1985, and a console was standard equipment, unlike the good old bad old days when even the basics were extra cost. And while the interior is less than perfect, remember that it''s easy to add value to these cars with simple upgrades, so look at it as potential upside if you restore it a little at a time. There no way anyone can complain about the engine, however. The 1985 LG4 305 cubic inch V8 was the last hurrah of carburetion before the widespread adoption of fuel injection across the line. For old school guys, it meant the end of an era, and today it means that there''s a vast, vast array of go-fast parts available that literally bolt right on and work perfectly. Virtually indestructible, these engines deliver solid torque numbers that move the relatively light Camaro with ease, and rumble with that typical American V8 sound. Gear swaps are handled by GM''s reliable 700R4 4-speed automatic driving a set of 3.08 gears out back, which make the Z/28 a comfortable high-speed cruiser. Unlike its Mustang competition, the Camaro received better brakes and a more sophisticated torque arm suspension that made it one of the best handling cars of the era. Wheels are truly well preserved Camaro 5-spoke alloys wearing recent BFGoodrich T/A radials. Clean 3rd generation Camaros are becoming increasingly difficult to find, which isn''t hard to understand. They were often ridden hard and put to bed wet, and more than a few died at the hands of enthusiastic young owners. This car is highly presentable as-is, but could be raised a few notches with some easy upgrades, or could be the foundation of an incredible custom project. Get in, turn the key, and I can almost guarantee you''ll feel like you''re 16 years old all over again. Call today!