Nostalgia has its way of corrupting memories. Because the ’90s are so hot right now with zooms, sometimes I see new media that targets aesthetics but kind of misses the mark. Like when Audi did that fake RS2 Avant TV commercial a few years ago, or when I play a game like Horizon Chase Turbo or Fire race which aims to recall that time, but feels too smooth, too hokey.
But then I see a car like the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Indy 500 Pace Car Edition 1993 and I remember, no, wait – the 90s were exactly as cheesy as we remember. Six of these Camaros ended up on Mecum website for its next auction in Orlando at the end of July, Autoblog found. Three of them are T-tops, all of them have less than 80 miles on the clock and all will hit the block unreservedly.
They also all share that wonderfully appropriate livery for the era – a two-tone black-and-white scheme divided by a bunch of multi-colored lines that unwind and flow, like ribbons, that also run down the hood. Retro Indy 500 logo decals on the front fenders complete the look.
General Motors only sold 645 of these replicas of the 1993 Indy 500 race car. They were the cream of the crop Camaro, equipped with all the options including power locks and windows, air conditioning and a CD player. . Under the hood was a 5.4-liter LT1 V8 producing 275 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, mated to the Corvette’s four-speed automatic transmission. It’s not the transmission you probably want today, but that pony car was more than tearing up the brickyard; he was also a carefree cruiser.
Example: seats. If you’ve been impressed with this Camaro’s exterior, you’ll be blown away by its coating. The same mix of turquoise, magenta, black and white adorns the fabric, with a noisy gradient that looks like it was applied by a Game Boy printer. This gradient is repeated on the door cards, as well as on the rear seats. The only way it could be more Radwood certified is if the color scheme is more Wild Berry Pop-Tart.
These cars are essentially new. They’ve never been owned, they’re all in the double-digit mileage range, and they wear all of their original equipment, like those beautiful shiny white wheels with the silver center caps. It’s hard to guess what they will sell for, although we can look for clues in the story. One of those Indy Edition cars with 23,000 miles did not reach its reserve on Bring a trailer last June, the highest bid amounting to $ 9,400, while another with 6,500 miles was sold via RM Sotheby’s for $ 15,950 in 2019. These miles-less examples will certainly go to thousands more, but they still seem to be relatively achievable.
There’s no feeling like seeing an untouched, undriven car from decades ago – it’s like tripping over a time capsule or a portal to the past. In this case, back to a time when rainbows over cars were heavily encouraged and racing cars were more fun. than they are now.