Friday, January 7, 2011

A Stock 1991 Camaro RS

Wow. A third generation Camaro that an adult car-geek wouldn't be ashamed of owning.

The third generation Camaro was built from 1982 through 1992 and, in my eyes, was a much better looking car than the previous generation.

This is a Camaro RS. It was, for all intents and purposes, the base model Camaro in 1991. Chevy built close to 80,000 of them. (Just under 101,000 Camaros were built in total in 1991.) Because of the huge number of RSs built, used ones sold (and continue to sell) for very little money. Cheap Camaros are the dreams of high school kids and wanna-be hot rodders. Consequently, a large number of third generation RS Camaros were beaten to death or "customized" beyond recognition and drivability. Today, finding one that is still running and / or unmolested can be a challenge.

The standard engine for the RS in 1991 was a 3.1 liter V-6. That engine powered all sorts of GM cars in 1991, but had no business being in a Camaro. This car has the optional 305ci V8. The 305 does not have the power of the also optional 350 V8, but has a better combination of gas mileage and reliability and enough power to make it entertaining. This car also has a 5 speed manual transmission, which makes the 305 seem a lot quicker than it is.

What makes this car so nice is its condition and originality. There are no add ons, wild color schemes or chrome spinners. Everything is stock, right down to its very nice looking wheels. It appears to have very few flaws for a 20 year old car.

As I mentioned, third generation Camaros, except for a few "special editions" don't sell for a lot of money. This one, as nice as it is, has an asking price of just $3500.00. If you've always wanted an old Camaro and don't want one that has been beaten or customized, this car is probably worth checking out.

Located in the "Fremont / Union city / Newark" area of California, click here to see the Cragslist ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Tamerlane, for sending me the link to this car.


Maxichamp said...

You picked my submission! I'm glad I was able to contribute. In 1990, our only written assignment in high school driver's ed was to submit a report on our dream car. I wrote about a red Camaro with the 5.7 liter engine and that small weird E30 M3-like rear spoiler Camaro's had in that period. Man, that's a sweet ride. I may even go down and check this puppy out this weekend.

JT said...

We're usually on the same page, but I'm going to have to ask you to speak for yourself on this part:

"an adult car-geek wouldn't be ashamed of owning."

Stock or not, this car pretty much screams "I carry butterfly knife in my sock.".

Chris Keen said...

White on white wheels... hmm. I like that it has "GOGO" in the license plate, hints at the owner's potential career ;)

Mike P. said...

Looks like a clean, untrashed example. Most of the ones that you see around here have been run in the ground. And by here, I mean N.C.. A buddy of mine had a '85, with the 350 motor and in his words "It wouldn't pull a greasy string out of a hog's butt". And while I agree that the second-gen Camaro had gotten a bit long in the tooth by the end of it's run, the 70 1/2 to 73 models are still my favorites.

Blair Russell said...

"It wouldn't pull a greasy string out of a hog's butt"... wow. What a phrase.

As for the car, it does look nice (as do most of the other vehicles in that generation of the Camaro) even though there's a-sometimes deserved-reputation that people who drive that sort of car are mullet-wearing white trash.