Never one to miss a chance to create a special edition, GM gave the Camaro a very special send-off in 2002 with this 35th Anniversary Edition ragtop. On top of the SSs 325-horsepower Corvette-derived V-8, anniversary editions added exclusive hood, stripes, 35th Anniversary badging, and special wheels. Only 3000 Anniversary cars were built, but of those only 1398 were convertibles, making this three-owner SS a very rare piece.
Showing just 62,049 original miles, this is a very well-maintained Anniversary Camaro. From the day it was purchased by its first owner, it has been treated like a treasured collectors item, not mere transportation. As a result, it has been only driven about 5600 miles per year and always preserved indoors during inclement weather. The special Anniversary paint scheme, with its wide silver SS stripes that dissolve into checkered flags, was penned by noted designer John Cafaro, who also did many of GMs pace cars and his influence is obvious. Someone clearly cared for this car and waxed the paint religiously, giving it a shine that is perhaps better than new, thanks to years of hand-buffing. Theres almost no sign of road rash on the nose or rockers, and it has never been hit or damaged in an accident. The top seals up well and all the special 35th Anniversary badges remain in place, easily identifying this car as something special.
Two-tone black and gray leather was standard equipment on the Anniversary models, and just in case you missed the searing red paint job and badges, 35th Anniversary logos were embroidered into the headrests, and theres a separate Anniversary badge on the center stack. These cars came only one way: loaded, and it includes things like A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt wheel, and a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system. The seats look quite good with only very minor wear on the drivers seat alone, while the rest of the interior looks almost new including the trunk area. The black power convertible stows itself with the push of a button and the original semi-rigid boot is included, complete with storage bags in the rather narrow trunk. But hey, its a Camaro convertible-if you want storage capacity, buy a truck!
The Anniversary Camaros received a Corvette-based LS1, rated 325 horsepower, although performance figures suggest that the real numbers were closer to the Corvettes 345. Whatever the number, the SS is a formidable machine on the road, and the LS1 has quickly become legendary for reliability and ease of modification. For those reasons, its increasingly difficult to find an SS that hasnt been raced, abused, or modified, but this is such a car. Even the original air cleaner and exhaust remain on the car, both of which are usually the first things to go. The four speed automatic transmission offers lightning quick shifting and enough torque capacity to easily handle the LS1s output, and one glance underneath will convince you that this car has never lived someplace with snow in the forecast. Unique 10-spoke alloys with black inserts wear brand new 17-inch Firestone Firehawk radials.
In short, if youre looking for a Camaro thats sure to appreciate in the future, this 35th Anniversary model might be a smart choice. Its fast, it looks awesome, and theres nothing like GMs flashy special edition graphics. Call today!