The Z/28 package includes the 5.7L V8 (most powerful option) paired with a 4spd manual as standard (non-California cars). Other performance enhancements include a 3.08 rear axle, power front disc brakes, dual exhaust, special springs, and unique shocks and sway bars for improved handling
The new-for-1980 hood scoop features solenoid-operated flaps at the cowl end of the scoop that open under full throttle. This allows the engine to suck in cold, high-pressure air when needed most
Jerry Palmer, chief designer at Chevrolet, said the Z28 option was almost killed off after 1974 due to the much more successful Trans Am
The front spoiler, designed by Palmer, wasn’t just for looks – it was actually effective at increasing downforce
The first computer-controlled Camaro didn’t arrive until 1981 when GM debuted their Computer Command Control (CCC) engine management system. The system utilized an electronically controlled carburetor. This technology was so new that Chevrolet had to supply buyers with a 16-page brochure to fully explain what this system was and how it worked
Unfortunately the Z/28 was a very different car for buyers in California, a state with such strict emissions requirements that Chevrolet could only offer the Z/28 to CA buyers with the less powerful 164hp 305ci engine (Z/28’s in every other state had the 350ci engine)
To help ease the pain, Chevrolet gave California buyers a $50 line-item credit on their factory invoice
It wasn’t until the following year (1981) that Californians could finally order the 350ci, but by this point, the engine was down 15hp and could only be ordered with the automatic transmission
Key Model Year Changes:
First year of the solenoid-operated air intake at the cowl opening of the redesigned hood scoop
This was the final year you could order the iconic 350ci/4spd combo. The 4spd could no longer be had with the highest performing engine in the following years
1980 featured a new grille, lower flare extensions over the rear wheels, and new stripes
Chevy’s new halogen headlamps weren’t available until the following year (1981)
This was the final year the Z28 was built without an ECU. 1981 saw one of Chevrolet’s earliest computer control modules, known as Computer Command Control (CCC).
The is the last year you could buy a Camaro without a check engine light, which debuted in the 1981 model with the new computer control module
38k original documented miles
Original Dark Blue Metallic paint is in amazing condition
95% original paint (front bumper repainted)
350ci engine is 100% original
Rare Oyster Color Interior looks new
A/C professionally converted from R12 to R134A. Blows ice cold
Functional Ram Air hood works perfectly
New 17 Inch Z/28 wheels and tires from Year One
Undercarriage is super clean (has not been detailed) Mufflers have been replaced
Overall a very original unmolested 1980 Z/28
Drives like new. Solid and tight with no rattles. Runs strong
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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