January 10, 2004
This “One of a Kind” protoype winged Third Generation Camaro started its life out as a common 1987 IROC-Z. It served as a test vehicle for durability testing at the Milford Proving Grounds. Before the car was retired it was turned over to Chevrolet Design Studio for use as a “color mule.” When the car arrived at Design Studio, it was in bad shape. Among the damage: the transmission was in the back seat and the exhaust was jammed into the hatch area.
A few people in the Design Studio realized that this might be the perfect car to “modify” as a prototype vehicle. Their “magic” caught the attention of Chuck Jordan, Design’s Executive VP at the time. Mr. Jordan started putting his influence into the design. The rear wing was his design along with the “hood fences” which looked similar to the Ferrari F-40 he had just purchased. Only the design of of the ground effects actually made it to final production.
The car had once been repainted a charcoal-pearl color and Mr. Jordan liked the car so much, that a new drive-line was installed; the exhaust was modified several times until Mr. Jordan determined that it was “just right.” Custom 17″ wheels were installed and the car was lowered more than two inches. Mr. Jordan then had the car painted “Candy Apple-Orange” at Design Studio. To go along with the new paint job, an Italian Glove Leather interior was installed to finish it off.
This was one of the cars that Mr. Jordan drove on a daily basis and it is one of the few left that survives today. Most were scrapped after his retirement in 1991 but this one is now owned by GM Design Studio Historic Collection.