Junkyard Find: 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1989 chevrolet camaro rs

Third-generation Camaros are so plentiful in wrecking yards (and on the street) that I don’t pay much attention to them unless I see something special. Say, Iron Duke power with an automatic transmission, resulting in the slowest Camaro of all time… or a lovingly customized example, covered with unique airbrush work, as we see in today’s Colorado Junkyard Find.

The hood mural has suffered extensive weathering, but we can still make out the muscular horned demon having his way with a supine redhead. You can practically hear the Slayer cranking out of the swap-meet Sparkomatic stereo, circa 1991.

Look, it’s got a five-speed! That’s metal.

T-top roof as well. Also metal.

However, things sort of fall apart for this car when you take a close look at the details. First of all, the Rally Sport trim level was the cheapest one in 1989 — not something to brag about.

The second (and most important) problem becomes apparent when you look in the engine compartment. That’s the 2.8-liter V6 there, the base engine in 1989 (the Iron Duke was discontinued as the F-Body’s base engine after the 1986 model year). It was a perfectly good engine, pretty reliable after a rocky start earlier in the decade, but it made just 135 horsepower.

The use of a Pro Mod Camaro in this “Heartbeat of America” TV advertisement should have been outlawed as cruel and unusual punishment for those stuck with the 2.8 Camaros.

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  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Mar 10, 2018

    It's just bursting with Rally Sportness!!

  • N8iveVA N8iveVA on Mar 16, 2018

    A friend of mine had one of these. Slightly used. Same 2.8 V6 and a stick. She came over to show me and handed me the keys. First thing I did was rev the engine, pop the clutch, and lay down two patches of rubber. She was all smiles surprised the car would do that. They really weren't bad cars at the time.

  • Leonard Ostrander Pet peeve: Drivers who swerve to the left to make a right turn and vice versa. They take up as much space as possible for as long as possible as though they're driving trailer trucks or school busses. It's a Kia people, not a Kenworth! Oh, and use your turn signals if you ever figure out where you're going.
  • Master Baiter This is horrible. Delaying this ban will raise the Earth's temperature by 0.00000001°C in the year 2100.
  • Alan Buy a Skoda Superb.
  • Alan In Australia only hairdressers would buy this Monaro as its known as. Real men had 4 door sedans and well hung men drive 4x4 dual cab utes with bullbars and towbars. I personally think this is butt ugly. Later iterations of the Commodore were far better looking.
  • Jeff As a few commenters on prior articles on this site about the UAW strike mentioned many of the lower tiered suppliers could go bankrupt and some could possibly go out of business if the strike is prolonged. Decades ago Ford and GM owned many of their own suppliers but as we all know over the years manufacturers have been outsourcing more parts and with just in time supply there is little room for any interruptions to production including strikes, natural disasters, and anything unforeseen that could happen. When the strike ends there will be delays in production due to parts shortages. It costs suppliers money to just keep making parts and stockpiling them especially when many parts have razor thin profit margins.