1987 Chevrolet Camaro
Convertibles made a comeback in the 1980s;
Camaro caught the trend in 1987.
The 1987 Chevrolet Camaro didn't look much different than before, but it received some significant mechanical changes and at midyear welcomed an old friend back to the line.
Gone from the powertrain lineup was the unpopular 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine previously offered as standard equipment on the base model; now the standard engine was the 135-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6. It also powered the new LT, which replaced the Berlinetta.
Returning as standard in the Z28 and optional on base and LT was a 165-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8. The Z28's optional high-output 190-horsepower carbureted 5.0-liter that previously came only with a manual transmission was replaced by the port-fuel-injected 215-horsepower 5.0 -- which this year came not only with the four-speed automatic but also with the five-speed manual.
Topping the engine list and available only in the IROC-Z was the Corvette's 5.7-liter V-8 pumping out 225 horsepower and offered only with automatic.
But the big news came with the reincarnation of the Camaro convertible at midyear, absent since the second-generation design debuted for 1970. The ragtop exacted a stiff cost penalty, about $4,500, but the 1,007 lucky folks who got one didn't seem to mind.
The Z28 could be ordered with a 215-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8.
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