2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS 35th Anniversary Convertible
History is full of rivalries between two strong competitors like Coke vs. Pepsi, AT&T vs. MCI, Nike vs. Reebok, and Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs. In almost every case, the competition and the drive to outdo a rival resulted in the production of superior products by both companies and benefited the consumer with high quality and lower prices. The rivalry between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang has run for more than a half a century with similar results. Both vehicles, rear-wheel-drive, 2 plus 2 American sports coupes began their battle for customers starting in the 1960s, and each has had its ups and downs. Except for a Camaro hiatus from 2003 to 2010, each year has brought a new model with features designed to surpass the competition. The seemingly inexhaustible attraction of inexpensive V8 horsepower, sports car road handling, and stylish good looks has permitted the classic American pony car civil war to continue well into the 21st century.
For consignment, a 35th anniversary car celebrating the Camaro SS and with a mere 23 actual miles on the odometer, this car is as new as they come. From the plastic on the seats to the still attached window sticker and SLP sticker you can’t get any newer.
This car screams SLP and anniversary options with it all bathed in Bright Red. The front grille is slightly modified and has dual wide white racing stripes starting at the bottom of the front spoiler and moving towards the windshield where at the hood scoop it splits and fades into a checkered flag. The grille is slightly different, and an SS badge is neatly put in the very low center of said grille. Chevrolet is known for their rakish styling on the front glass, and this car is no exception with that windshield leaning way back in this design. On top is a nice canvas convertible, all clean and sporting a rear glass window. On the sides straight steel with well minded gaps creates the front and rear quarters, (badged with 35th anniversary badges BTW!). The wide stripes continue on the rear deck where there is a wide spoiler that is very low profile. 17″ 10 spoke SS specific aluminum wheels are on all 4 corners. Dual exhaust peek out from under the body matching neoprene bumper. All paint is at the deep end of the pool and looks showroom perfect throughout.
A swing of the sexy doors and we get loads of black molded smooth vinyl, integrated door pulls with a matching charcoal gray actuator, and plenty of power toggles to play with. Inside 2 tone gray leather high back buckets showing no wear and still having their assembly line plastic coverings wait for the passengers to sit down and enjoy the ride. A center console undulates by these buckets and houses the Hurst shifter, (another SLP option). Shoehorned in back are two more molded in two tone buckets with not a lot of legroom but they are there. A nice tonneau cover is provided for the top when in the down position. The center of the dash rises to the occasion with a premium sound system including AM/FM/CD, climate controls, top power switch and an ASR, (traction control), button. A beautifully and gracefully arched dash top in front of the driver has all the essential gauges and warnings should something go awry during your performance drive. Charcoal gray carpeting floods the floors and the steering wheel still is covered in its factory plastic.
The factory 346ci V8 has been warmed up by the folks at SLP to the tune of 345hp. It is fed by EFI and has a T56 6-speed manual transmission on the back. The rear axle is a 10-bolt 3.42 posi-traction setup. They don’t get any cleaner than this.
Beautifully preserved with factory overspray still seen on floor pans and fuel tank. SLP performance exhaust is now on, and this car has a fab tone when fired up. Handling is courtesy front independent Macpherson struts with coil springs and rear is torque arm with coil springs. Power disc brakes are on all 4 corners.
With the odometer hanging at a scant 23 miles, we didn’t dare drive this beauty. But rest assured, sitting in it one can take in the new car smell and envision what it was like to proudly drive one off the dealership lot back in 2002.
A dual advantage to this particular car with its anniversary edition bling and the extra performance of the SLP package we have a very hot car with an unassuming look and the ability to eat up cars that look way more aggressive. A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
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Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania, United States