To be honest, I’m not too terribly interested in cars. Call me un-american, not a real man, whatever… I’m just a computer geek who likes books and learning and always avoided working in the garage with dad while growing up. But since Internet marketing for auto dealers happens to be my business, a business which allows me to work from the comforts of my living room (or anywhere else with an available Internet connection), I take the time to learn about cars.
Which is exactly why I subscribe to Motor Trend magazine.
An article in this month’s issue, which I’ve screenshot and included here, caught my attention. It mentioned the upcoming new Chevrolet Z/28 – until just half an hour or so ago when reading this article I had no idea that Chevrolet was again going to sell a Z/28 model – and the need for Chrysler to respond with an SRT model of their Challenger in order to compete against it. I guess that’s big-auto’s version of “keeping up with the Joneses.” The reason the Z/28 text caught my attention, however, was because one of my first cars was a 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, dark grey and white, with T-Tops. My dad bought it at an auction and gave it to me when I headed off to college.
Mine definitely didn’t have the specs of the new one, of course. Motor Trend expects the new Z/28 to have at least 500 horsepower! By comparison, my 1980 put out 190 horsepower. It still kicked butt, especially for a college freshman in his first year out on his own at DeVry University. I felt like the coolest dude around, driving the streets of Phoenix, Arizona with the t-tops off, stereo usually blasting either Snoop Doggy-Dog or Van Halen. I really wish I still had that car. It’s now considered a classic.
The craziest thing, to me, is that a Camaro Z/28 is going to sell for an estimated $65-80 thousand dollars. Yes, you read that right. A. Camaro. For. Eighty. Grand. Huh? Who is going to be buying such a car?
If YOU happen to be one of those people, let me make a suggestion on where to make your purchase: for the Camaro, hit up the great guys at Corning Chevrolet. I’ve known most of them for more than a dozen years, and my family and I have always been happy when we’ve purchased vehicles from them. It doesn’t matter if you live locally or not: they’ll ship! If the Challenger is more your style, hit up Red Bluff Chrysler. They’re a newer dealership, but owned by the same people. And they, too, will ship.
Now I wanna know… what car from your past do you wish you still owned?