1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS

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When I posted the DOTS Bonus Edition Abandoned Oakland Camaro, I wasn't prepared for all the emails I got pleading with me to add third-gen GM F-bodies to the Eligible For DOTS list. I'm still not 100% convinced they belong in DOTS proper, because they're still pretty common even in rusty parts of the country, but we'll give it a shot for today (and those of you who wish to make your feelings known on this important issue can go ahead and vote in the poll below the gallery). I picked this '89 RS, which was parked near the Bay in Alameda's West End, because it's so, well, Eighties.


1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The Rally Sport designation had become more or less meaningless by the time George Bush Senior took office... oh, wait- it was always pretty much meaningless.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS

Seeing the USS Hornet (and San Francisco) in the background reminds me that the Camaro was once the car to have for sailors stationed at Alameda's now-closed Navy base. You spent 9 months at sea in the Enterprise or Coral Sea, and your Camaro- which was kept stashed in a Navy parking lot packed with GM A- and F-bodies- would be waiting for you and your heavy right foot when you hit shore with a fat bankroll in your pocket. Unfortunately, the Navy wouldn't let its personnel grow mullets.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS

This example is pretty clean; I wanted to go with an '82 car, but the only ones I could find were hideous beaters... not that there's anything wrong with hideous beaters, but I thought we should start off with a fairly intact car if we're going to add these things to the DOTS repertoire.

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Rob Emslie

Wow, I had kind of forgotten how freaking huge these cars are. I think it's a good looking car, but not my cup of Budweiser.