Rumor has it that if you put your ear up to this 1985 IROC-Z, you can still hear Whitesnake playing. When this relic from the past was uncovered after years spent in a trailer, not only was it all covered in shipping plastic to prevent damage, but it had less than 10 miles on it. Back in 1985, it was delivered directly from the factory to the container it was discovered in, and no one seems to know why.
You may recall that the Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, inspired by the International Race of Champions, was a third-generation Camaro that was famously referred to as the “Camaro that thinks it’s a Corvette.”
While more than 21,000 IROCs rolled off the assembly line for 1985 model year, the particular IROC-Z from the above video has quite the story.
The IROC was the first Camaro to get the Tuned Port Injection engine, which displaced 305 cubic inches and offered up an impressive-for-the-day 215 horsepower, hooked up to a four-speed automatic transmission.
In 2009, this one made its way onto eBay with a paltry 4.3 miles on the odometer. The parts were all there-minus the stock set of wheels and tires. Underneath all that dust and muck was a jewel waiting for a forever-home.
It ended up selling of of EBay to a collector and made its way into various auctions and sold for a final time at the 2011 Mecum Indy auction for $27,000.
Just check out a few of the highlights from the uncovered treasure. Pretty awesome, right?
– 7 actual miles
– Original and unrestored, without a doubt one of the lowest mileage, most original and well documented IROC Camaros in existence
– First year for the IROC package, very rare T-Top, 5-speed manual transmission with 5.0L 4-barrel V-8
– Original paint in pristine original condition, perfect original interior still wrapped in GM protective plastic
– Never been dealer prepped, original window sticker never removed, original chalk marks still on glass, original plastic still protecting interior, original front spoiler in backseat, never installed
– Sold new at Albrizio Chevrolet in Palisades Park, New Jersey on May 8, 1985
– Car was put in dry storage when brand new and remained there untouched until it was uncovered in 2009, video documenting finding and removing from storage
– Original wheels and tires were removed and have been replaced with NOS wheels and new Goodyear RSA tires
– Copy of original New Jersey title, original build sheet, original retail sales agreement, original bill of sale, original insurance application, original owner’s manual and warranty books, original letters from GM and Albrizio Chevrolet and original dealer brochure from 1985Advertisement
This post was originally published on October 21, 2019.