The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro

Welcome to Found Around Town, where we feature cars we find in a city largely devoid of interesting ones because everyone drives Priuses or rides bicycles: Austin, Texas.

It's not at all uncommon to encounter an 80s Camaro on the road down here in the south. But the vast majority I see are real beaters that look like they've been run to hell and back.

This IROC-Z Camaro I found downtown recently is definitely the exception to that rule. Everything about this Reagan/Bush-era muscle car was extremely clean, including the paint, the wheels, the interior, even the windows. It's pretty obvious someone loves this car a lot and takes good care of it.

The third-gen Camaro was introduced in 1982, and the top of the line IROC-Z package — named for the International Race of Champions — came out in '85. That package featured upgraded suspension and chassis goodies plus the fuel injection system from the Corvette.

The one I found was black and has this cool blue piping running along the bumpers, not to mention little red badges on the back that say "IROC-Z" and "5.7 Tuned Port Injection." (Remember when 80s cars had badges that said "ABS" or "Front Wheel Drive" on their bumpers? You just don't see that anymore.)

The 5.7-liter V8 on this car was introduced in 1987 was good for between 220 and 245 horsepower, depending on what year it's from. As with last week's Supra, I'm not sure exactly what vintage this one is, but I bet you guys could tell me.

What are your thoughts on the uber-80s Camaro? Should the IROC-Z package be revived on the modern car? Tell us in the comments below.

The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro

The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro

The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro

The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro

The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro

The Sun's Always Shining On An IROC-Z Camaro