1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Indy 500 Pace Car Z/28 Indy 500 Pace Car
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There’s just something cool about pace cars. It could be the decals, lights, or just the fact that seeing a production car leading a group of pure-bred race cars around the track can be really effective at elevating its performance image. Whatever it is, few automakers have done a better job harnessing the power of the pace car than General Motors. One of their best tricks was to introduce not one but three generations of Camaros as Indianapolis 500 pace cars, creating some seriously collectible pony cars in the process. For 1993, Chevrolet sent three brand new Z28s to assist with the 77th Indy 500 and created 645 replicas for the public to enjoy. This 1993 Camaro Z28 is one of those 645 and perhaps one of the most well preserved in existence. Driven just 889 miles, the car is new in every possible way. If you’re looking for a great long-term investment or just a cool F-body to show and enjoy, this Z28 is a great choice!
The Indy Pace Car package stacked some great bonus features alongside the Z28 Preferred Equipment Group #2 package. Combined, they offer:
•Electronic cruise control
•Remote hatch release
•Power door locks
•Electric sport mirrors
•Leather-wrapped steering wheel
•Removable roof panels
•Automatic transmission w/ overdrive
•Delco-Bose AM/FM/CD music system
•Six-way driver power seat
•Electric rear window defogger
•P245/50ZR16 radial tires
•Performance axle ratio
Total options: $5,611
Grand total: $22,880 (include a $490 destination charge)
For the introduction of the fourth generation, GM moved Camaro production from the legendary Van Nuys, California plant to Saint Therese, Quebec, Canada where it would continue until 2002. Unlike the 5th generations which rely heavily on nostalgic influence, the Canadian-produced fourth generation is entirely its own car. For the Indy 500 Pace Car package, Chevrolet added bold graphic with a black over white split that accentuate the car’s wedge shape. Between the two primary colors, multi-colored stripes reminiscent of streaming ribbons flow below a 500 graphic on the fenders, Official Pace Car logos on the doors and small Indianapolis Motor Speedway badges on the C-pillars. Thanks to a pampered low-mileage life, paint and body alike remain showroom new.
A closer look reveals a blend of more thoughtful details and stock Camaro piece that work in harmony to complete the pace car look. The 1993 – 1997 Camaros had an especially aggressive fascia with a pointed nose and deep-set headlights. This one wears an Official Pace Car badge above a red Chevrolet bowtie framed by driving lights and amber corner markers. The scooped hood wears brightly colored accents that highlight the center section while a Camaro banner tops the windshield. The original glass remains in place and the removable roof panels still seal like new. Look down the side and you’ll find Z28 badges on the fenders while well-integrated mirrors and flush door handles top the doors. Follow the C-pillar back toward a subtle rear spoiler with an integrated third brake light. The pace car striping continues between the taillights while an Indianapolis Motor Speedway badge joins a Z28 badge in rounding out the package. A pair of rectangular exhaust tips hand below the bumper, hinting at the car’s performance capabilities.
From the original 302-equipped cars to the rowdy 500hp fifth generation variants, Chevrolet has done a great job keeping performance alive behind the Z28 badge. This pace car continues that work with one of Chevrolet’s venerable 5.7L LT1 V8s. Not to be confused with the high-performance LT-1 of the 1970’s, this version was introduced in 1992 as the Corvette’s motivation. The foundation is a cast iron block topped with aluminum heads which utilizes speed density fuel management, batch-fire fuel injection, and a dedicated engine control module to achieve 275hp and 325lb-ft of torque. With its good manners and calm demeanor, it’s a great street engine but don’t let that fool you – stab the gas and you’ll get a quick reminder of the Z28’s performance history. As a practically new piece, nearly everything here is factory-installed with the exception of a brand new battery and an optical sensor for the Optispark distributor. Turn the key and the LT1 fires to life, settling into a smooth idle with a great factory exhaust note.
Peer underneath this Camaro and you’ll find a clean undercarriage preserved by limited road use. Like all the 1993 pace cars, a 4L60 four-speed automatic takes care of shifting duties. For you gearheads out there, there is no missing “E” on that number – the electronically controlled 4L60E wouldn’t debut until the 1994 model year. Output spins down the driveshaft to a limited slip performance axle with 3.23 gears. Around the drivetrain, the suspension remains in its stock configuration with double A-arms up front and a live rear axle located by a torque rod and trailing arms out back. Push the car through the corners and the power rack-and-pinion steering system pairs with standard four-wheel disc brakes for smooth and predictable cornering. The setup rights on a set of 16x8 aluminum wheels wrapped in 245/50ZR16 tires. Though it’s the standard wheel Z28 wheel design, these have been coated white to match the lower half of the body.
Open the doors and step into a pace car interior that could have only come from the early 1990s. Designed to match the exuberant exterior, the space utilizes a black fabric that fades into white, accented by longitudinal teal, yellow, and magenta stripes. A special 3D knitting process was called upon in creating the fabric and the effect is memorable. If you’ve ever sat in fourth-gen seats, we don’t need to tell you how comfortable they are. These show no signs of wear and feel just as good as they did in 1993. From the driver’s seat, a two-spoke steering wheel connects you to the chassis through a tilt column while instrumentation is provided by a tidy cluster with gauges that track all the usual suspects including speed, revs temperature, oil pressure, alternator output and fuel. Around the gauges, a sculpted dash makes room for niceties such as a air conditioning and the impressive Delco-Bose AM/FM/CD stereo. None of the controls look to have every been touched and, with the low mileage, it’s very possible some of them haven’t been. In fact, protective film still covers the floors, stereo face, and emergency brake handle. This is as close to new as a 20-year-old Camaro gets.
The sale of this Camaro includes the original window sticker, a Tennessee title application, a dealer invoice, a receipt for the full amount of the car, and a genuine 1993 warranty and owner assistance information booklet.
So let’s go over some quick facts: it’s a Camaro, it’s one of 645 built, it has 889 original miles, and you’d need to a time machine to find one that looks and feels any newer. If you look at past Camaro pace cars, they all command a pretty serious premium over their regular production counterparts and this one is unlikely to be any different. Regardless if you’re looking at this car as a long-term investment, an unmolested piece of GM history, or just a great car with a unique look, you’re absolutely right. Don’t miss the chance to bring this mint 1993 Camaro Z28 Indianapolis 500 pace car home today!