Sandwiched between an asphalt plant and a huge yard used for storage of shipping containers from the nearby Port of Oakland, this road is a good shortcut to get to one of my favorite East Oakland junkyards. It's also a popular spot for illegal nighttime dumping, with heaps of dead refrigerators, concrete chunks, etc. often clogging the shoulders. Every so often you get a parts car that's been relieved of its worthwhile components and dumped here, and the latest such car is an '82 or '83 Z28 Camaro. There was a time when I'd have stopped and grabbed some parts myself (there's always something useful on such a car), but these days space restrictions force me to maintain a very selective parts hoard. Can you feel the Late Malaise spirit? Make the jump for an additional gallery.
They will be classics in time. When the 2nd gen becomes too expensive (like the 67-69 has recently, their getting really hard to find cheap), these will boost. I have a real POS, a '90 Firebird V6, 140 hp of all mighty furry!!!! Despite the total lack of power (barely edging out Civics), the car is a lot of fun to drive in the back roads.
The Firebird Formula was the best 3rd gen of them all. 200-300 lbs lighter then any of the other V8 powered third gens, came standard with Pontiac's WS6 suspension, and a LSD. But, came with the same engine and drivetrain options as the T/A and GTA brothers. And, since they shared looks with the base Firebird, they were cheaper on insurance by a bit because of the sleeper looks.
So in short; sleeper looks, less weight, better handling, and that new found power once GM started to really work that later TPI.