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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Classic Car Stories - My 1993 Camaro

One of the great cars I have been fortunate to own during my life was this 1993 Camaro. That was the first model year of the completely redesigned new car.  Frankly, the previous generation of the Camaros had poor reviews and were of poor quality. The worn out assembly lines were so worn out that Chevy resorted to gluing some of the body panels together.  

In 1992 I started reading about a new model coming out that would use the LT1 Corvette motor in the high performance Z28 version. And the Z28 would cost many thousands less than the Corvette!

Well, after doing a lot of research, it took quite a few months to convince my wife that we really “needed” this car!  Finally, one day I got her into a dealership to look and at least sit in the car. Immediately, she complained that she couldn’t see the front of the car and she would be unable to drive it.  I finally wore her down. After promising her that I would put something on the front end of the car so she would know where it is, she agreed. (That’s what the antennas are for on the license plate bracket!)

Then came my wake up call!  We had stopped at a Chevrolet dealer in Green Bay, which was a much bigger city than the small town I was living in.  Although our little town of Crivitz had a Chevy dealer, I believed that I could get a better price in the “big” city.  I walked up to a salesman and asked what kind of a deal he could make me on a new Z28? His response was something to the effect that they were selling every Camaro that came in.  I said “that's fine, I can special order one and wait”.  He then said they were getting about $2000.00 over “sticker” for them!  I said something to the effect that it would be cold day in you know where before I let anyone rip me off like that!  I then turned around and headed out the door.

The next day, I went in to see our small town Chevy dealer, the salesman was also a co-owner of the dealership.  Knowing that they didn’t have any new Camaros in stock, I walked up to him said hello.  I just stated in a matter of fact way that I wanted to buy a new Z28 Camaro, wanted to patronize a local dealer and was willing to wait to have it built. I then stated that I knew what the invoice pricing to the dealer was and I was willing to give him $900.00 over his invoice.  I about fell over when, without even hesitating, he said “sure”!  We went to his office to spec the car and about an hour later we had a deal.  Elmer Banaszak of Banaszak Chevrolet retired many years ago (the dealership has been sold), but he was a good guy to buy a car from and I’ll always be grateful. He actually tried to give me another great deal a few years later on My Second Corvette, which unfortunately, he wasn't allowed to do because of GM's quota system!

Indeed, production was behind schedule and I ended up waiting a few months for the car.  They even had to halt production of the T-top cars (mine was) for a couple weeks so they could fix some issues with leaks. In fact, during this wait I had decided to transfer out to Utah with Ryder in July and the car still hadn’t been built. The dealer worked with me and we were able to change the delivery point to Salt Lake City with another dealer doing the final setup.  It was a long wait, but it was worth it.  That was a great car and I kept it for 5 years and about 40000 miles!  Had a lot of fun with it and it's a great classic car story!

Other of my Classic Car Stories:
Mom's 1961 Plymouth Valiant
1970 PontiacGTO - Dick Hands Me the Keys!
Driving My Buddy's 1968 Plymouth GTX
My Hemi Chrysler
My 1965 Buick GS 400
My Three Camaros, One Good, One Bad and One Great!
My Second Corvette
My First Corvette
My 1993 Camaro
Mopar Man to Chevrolet

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