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Pick of the Day: 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

“Heartbeat of America: Today’s Chevrolet”


The official first day of summer is June 20, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to take off your T-tops, hit the road, and enjoy the wind in your hair. How about a ride in a classic Camaro?

The Pick of the Day is a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z listed for sale on by a private seller in Chantilly, Virginia. (Click the link to view the listing)

“The car runs and drives beautifully,” the seller says. “It is a great example of a true IROC-Z with a little added grunt.”

During the 1980s, the Camaro was marketed under Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America: Today’s Chevrolet” slogan. One of my favorite advertisements for the 1987 Camaro has a picture of a black IROC with a police light on the roof. It says, “Your Worst Nightmare.” We just recently talked about “unique,” or perhaps unexpected, police cars. Imagine getting lit up by a stealthy black unmarked IROC.

The wedge-shaped profile of the third-generation Camaro was all the rage for its time, and Chevrolet worked tirelessly to market the Camaro as a potent performer. This story I wrote in 2020 talks more in depth about how the IROC (or International Race of Champions) version Camaro was born.

Today’s featured car received a recent repaint in Bright Blue Metallic and features IROC-Z decals on the lower side panels as well as replacement hood louvers. The cockpit has also been upgraded with new upholstery, sound deadening, a headliner, a dash cap, cup holders, and a Bluetooth audio system.

Perhaps most importantly, the car received some special treatment under the hood. It originally came optioned with a 305cid V8, but under prior ownership (about 3,500 miles ago), a rebuilt 350cid “Tuned Port Injected” V8 was installed. A Lunati camshaft was also added, and the rear end was rebuilt to handle the additional power. Included with the listing is a video of a start-up and an exterior walk-around. The car looks great and sounds healthy from what we can tell.

As this period-correct television commercial said, “When you want to feel the thunder, put yourself in today’s Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z and listen to your heart beat.”

Does today’s featured F-body get your heart pumping? Put the pedal to the metal. Just remember to watch out for speed traps along those wide-open stretches of pavement.

The asking price is $22,499 or best offer.

To view this Pick of the Day on, zoom on over to the listing.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. I’ve always loved the look of Camaros even though I have never owned one and this car is no exception. Maybe because my first car was a 66 Mustang and it made me a Ford fan. The IROC-Zs were some of the best looking next to the 69 Z-28 or SS. Even though it is not an original engine car, everyone knows the 350 upgrade is a fantastic improvement over a 305. 22K is not a lot of money these days and if everything is right about this car, it could be a lot of fun although I have absolutely no idea about aftermarket restoration or maintenance parts. I thought about buying one of these cars in 1982. I drove a really nice looking one that was metallic brown with the brown interior, T-Top and a 305. I was totally unimpressed with the performance and handling but still liked the looks. I decided to keep my 73 Charger another eight years until I traded it for a new Mustang GT.


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