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Sometimes, It’s Best to Leave the Time Machine Parked

Posted October 17, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: camaro chevrolet classic auto

Imagine this: It’s 1990, and you’re fresh out of college, trade school, or the military, looking to buy your first new car. You come from a long line of bow-tie loyalists, and you’ve always wanted to own a Camaro, but you’re working with a limited budget. The point of entry, as seen in the ad above, is the $10,995 Chevrolet Camaro RS.

That kind of money isn’t going to net you a V-8, but it will fund a 3.1-liter, multi-port fuel-injected V-6, up 300 cc (18-cu.in.) in displacement from the year before. As a result, the output is increased as well, growing from 135 horsepower and 160-lb.ft. of torque in 1989, to a more respectable 144 hp and 180-lb.ft. in 1990. As a result, your new Camaro RS can dash from 0-60 mph in around 9.0 seconds, and get through the quarter-mile in 16.7 seconds, at a trap speed of 83 mph.

Factoring inflation, that's equivalent to a base-level Camaro for a little more than $21,000.

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10/17/2019 11:25 AM

No self-respecting man would buy that gutless turd...

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10/18/2019 7:46 AM

my former office mate has one he ordered in 87' he is getting over 600hp. out of his V-6 (last I have asked).

its kind of funny as the speedometer only goes to something like 85 mph. he pegs that before we even get off the ramp to the hwy.

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10/19/2019 2:47 PM

Oh, you mean the Joan Claybrook speedometers??

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10/17/2019 3:22 PM

And you had to make sure you rewound the VHS tapes before you took them back to Blockbuster.

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