5.7 Liter LT1 V8
This 1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 SS SLP was built at a time when SLP was at the very top of the Camaro food chain. With factory connections and the ability to order one of these incredible F-bodies directly through your local dealer, it was the quickest, easiest way to get all the hi-po goodies without looking through a catalog and building it yourself. And with only 34,695 actual miles, a sizzling Bright Red paint job, a 5.7L V8 with a 6-speed manual drivetrain, and a top that goes down, this Camaro is at the top of the list of modern American classics.
The fourth-generation Camaro was unquestionably a great-looking car, and SLP\'s modifications only enhance the aggressive attitude. Almost all the bodywork is stock, but SLP added their own aggressive custom hood, which became the SS\'s signature design element, a gaping, fully-functional ram-air setup that actually worked as advertised. Bright Red paint certainly doesn\'t hurt, and it\'s probably the signature color for the SS, particularly with the sleek windshield and fastback profile that gives it a fighter-jet cockpit look from putting much any angle. The rear wing is better-integrated into the design than just about anything built since, and thanks to composite body panels (except for the quarters) it\'ll look this good practically forever. It shows just 34,695 actual miles, and it certainly looks the part of a car that\'s barely been driven, with the only signs of use being miniscule marking on the front bumper that could likely be buffed-out fairly easily. The lines are laser-straight, the doors shut tight, the gaps are factory-set -- and with bodywork that nice combined with a slick and shiny finish is exactly why this droptop is such a head-turner. A few factory SS badges help identify the car to those unfamiliar with the top-of-the-line Camaro, but by the time anyone notices, the car will be long gone.
SLP knew that real drivers were their primary customers, so the supportive power-actuated chairs inside this SS wear factory Graphite leather, and it\'s in excellent condition with only a few signs of use that\'s barely noticeable in the driver\'s seat. For the most part, it\'s purely stock Camaro hardware inside, including the fat airbag-equipped steering wheel, comprehensive instrument panel, and leather-wrapped shifter knob and skirt for the 6-speed manual transmission below. Niceties from the Z/28 Preferred Equipment Group #2 include power windows, locks, mirrors, and convertible top, cruise control, a tilt column, a remote alarm system, and cold A/C, none of which seem to hurt performance in any notable way. The upholstery, carpets, door panels, and center console are all in excellent condition, indicative of the three caring owners that have enjoyed it. SLP added a \'Z/28 SS\' badge on the dash that also indicated the production number (#0765), there\'s a familiar GM/Delco AM/FM stereo with a CD player in the dash, which still sounds decent today, and with a quick slip of a switch the white convertible top folds up and down quickly. Open the large hatch and you have a decent-sized trunk that doesn\'t seem to have ever carried any cargo, given that it looks almost new.
SLP excelled in making the most of Chevy\'s small block V8s, and thanks to a few time-tested tricks, this Z/28 SS was the fastest, nastiest pony car on the market in 1996. The most notable upgrade is, of course, that functional ram-air hood, which includes a massive air filter right under the scoop, which force-feeds the 5.7L V8 LT1 nice, cool air. Other upgrades include a special cat-back exhaust system that gives this Camaro a rebellious roar instead of a stock mumble, and a few other SLP tweaks to add a few ponies here and there. The engine bay is extremely clean with all the factory parts still intact and sings of careful maintenance that keeps it in top mechanical condition without spoiling its authenticity. There are signs of recent service throughout, and we have a folder fu
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