Junkyard Gem: 1992 Chevrolet Camaro RS Coupe

Junkyard Gem: 1992 Chevrolet Camaro RS Coupe

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GM introduced the third-generation Chevrolet Camaro for the 1982 model year, with production continuing through 1992. Camaro sales were slow during the last few years of the third-generation cars, and so they can be much harder to find today than the bigger-selling mid-80s examples. Here's one of the very last third-gen Camaros built, found in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard recently.

Those who know these cars will recognize the distinctive Z28 hood, but all is not as it appears in this case.

I was excited when I found what appeared to be a final-year third-gen Z28 with manual transmission.

As soon as I lifted the hood, I realized that this car was really a base-level RS model with the 3.1-liter V6 engine. This pushrod 60° engine was rated at 140 horsepower and 180 pound-feet.

The emissions sticker on the hood's underside shows that it came from a 1989 IROC-Z. This car started out with blue paint, but received a white respray to match the hood.

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