Camaro Z/28s Are Cheap Now

For the price of a new Camaro SS 1LE, you could have an older Camaro with 505-hp, spool-valve dampers, and carbon brakes.

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When Chevy brought back the Camaro Z/28 in 2014, it was a revelation. Yes, it cost $75,000, but it came standard with a 505-hp V8, Multimatic spool-valve dampers, carbon ceramic brakes, and ultra sticky Pirelli tires. Serious hardware that turned the otherwise sub-par fifth-generation Camaro into a road-course monster. And now, it's the bargain of the century.

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Amazingly, you can find a low-mile Z/28 for around the same price as a new SS 1LE. Don't get us wrong, the SS 1LE is a fantastic track car, but there's just something about the Z/28.

The Z/28 is well into the $30s now.

— Bozi Tatarevic (@hoonable)

We were alerted to this astounding fact by , who noticed a handful of Z/28s listed for under $40,000 on a dealer auction site. One Z/28 with nearly 13,000 miles is listed for $35,000 and another with just 952 miles has a $36,000 asking price.

But don't fret if you don't have access to dealer auctions—a reveals a number of Z/28s listed for well under $45,000. There's even with 762 miles on its odometer for $50,000.

So why is the Z/28 so cheap? Perhaps it's because these cars don't make great daily drivers. All the things that make the Z/28 so excellent on track—sticky tires, aggressive suspension setup, a stripped-out interior, and that low splitter—cause lots of problems on the road.

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And at the end of the day, this is a Camaro that costs Corvette money. We don't see that as a problem, but you can imagine that potential buyers would. This is a car you have to be in-the-know to truly appreciate. In related news, Top Gear's Chris Harris just imported one to the UK.

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We're just curious to see if the Z/28 depreciates any further. It's a bargain where it stands right now, but if they get any cheaper, I might have to buy one myself.

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