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Old 03-01-2009, 09:31 PM
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1997 to 1998 Bright Purple Metallic Camaro, RS, Z28

Oh man... it's funny how something so trivial can just really **** a person off.

I was trying to find a nice pic of the very rare '97-'98 Bright Purple Metallic color, and all google would really pull up is 1) my 1 picture already uploaded to flickr, 2) my 4th generation Camaro history topic on here, 3) posts by the girl on LS1tech who seems to be the only friggin person in the world who owns one of these Camaros (seriously! Why haven't many enthusiasts snatched these up over the years?!) and 4) a bunch of BPM Firebird/Formula/Trans Am stuff. In other words, NOTHING I was looking for.

So let me just tell you, that I have just helped the internet be a better place a few minutes ago, because I uploaded more than a dozen of the best pics I have saved over the years of this rare and beautiful color.

I'm also going to say everything I can about this color, so some accurate info is actually on the internet about it!

Summary:
Bright purple metallic
used 1997-1998
paint code 88
1,364 total Camaros made in this color
Rarest 4th gen Camaro color dependent on body style ('97 was the old body style, '98 the new). 883 made in '97 and 481 made in '98. Approximately 104 '98s in this color were Z28s (some records show 109 as shown below, but numbers aren't 100% reliable no matter what because of worldwide sales), no SSes for either year.

And let me break it down further...

1997:
-809 were coupes and 74 were convertibles, totaling 883
-TWO Camaro Z28s with the 1LE package came in this color, both were 6-speeds
-SIXTEEN B4C police package Camaros came in this color, all were automatics

-Chevy either didn't keep records of how many Z28s and such they made prior to 1998, or I simply don't have that information.

1998:
-431 were coupes and 50 were convertibles, totaling 481
-ZERO Camaro Z28s with the 1LE package came in this color
-ZERO B4C police package Camaros came in this color
-THIRTY FOUR came with the Y3F Sport Appearance Package (in other words, 34 total V6 Camaros AND Z28 Camaros in this color came with what we all call RS ground effects and spoiler add-on. RS was not available in 1998. The Y3F package was more than just ground effects for the V6 Camaros. It was P235/55R16 tires, 16" aluminum 5 spoke wheels, and then the ground effects and spoiler add-on. The Z28s already came with those wheels, so for them, it was just ground effects and spoiler add-on.)
-Of the 431 coupes, 95 were Z28s
-Of the 50 convertibles, 14 were Z28s
-This makes a total of 109 Z28s
-ZERO SSes were this color

Anybody who can provide further information or pictures, please do! Please keep in mind that this topic is not about the much more common (yet still rare these days) Dark Purple Metallic or Purple Pearl Metallic colors shown below, so please do not post pics of cars in such colors. If you're not sure; Dark Purple Metallic is more red-purple, while the rare Bright Purple Metallic is more blue-purple.

Bright Purple Metallic 97-98:


Dark Purple Metallic 95-96:


Purple Pearl Metallic 93-94:


The pics I just uploaded will be in my next post...

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1 of only 2 1LE Camaro Z28s to be made in Bright Purple Metallic in 1997, last known owner was named Joe Shovel


Obviously a very rare export Camaro made in this color. Even rarer in that it is a Z28!




A '97 Camaro RS in this color. I didn't upload a picture of the front, because it was missing the front ground effect piece.



Another '97 RS in this color, this time a convertible


A regular V6 Camaro in this color


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I'm not familiar enough with the 3800 Series II V6 to even be able to tell if that's what is shoved inside this engine bay, but if so, here's a sadly very dirty engine bay picture:


Now... the good stuff. The '97 Z28:







Get ready to drop your teeth...
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'98 Z28, pictures saved from... well... it should be obvious. This car is long gone. I saved these pictures probably 5 years ago.








And that's basically all the good pics I have. I checked autotrader and some other "for sale" sites today, and there aren't any good pics on there, muchless many in this color.

If you can provide high res pictures of a mint condition '97 or '98 Camaro in this color, please let me know or post here!!!

If you aren't a member of Camaroz28.com and you're reading this, email me at speedbbb at aol.com, just make sure to write it like a regular email address.
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That is a 3800 Series II in the car in post #3.
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I've hear it said, by competent psychiatrist, that people who like or favor PURPLE are mentally unbalanced.
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Originally Posted by Z28SORR View Post
I've hear it said, by competent psychiatrist, that people who like or favor PURPLE are mentally unbalanced.
Well that means I'm unbalanced, because I love BPM on F bodies.
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Originally Posted by Z28SORR View Post
I've hear it said, by competent psychiatrist, that people who like or favor PURPLE are mentally unbalanced.
Sounds about right!!!!!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Z28SORR View Post
I've hear it said, by competent psychiatrist, that people who like or favor PURPLE are mentally unbalanced.
My car is purple

I bought it because I got a deal on it though

Great pics Brangeta
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seen a few of the dark purple firebirds and a few camaros but dunno how rare they are they were all 6bangers. then need a sublime camaro!!!!
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That second set of brake lights on that import camaro looks weird.
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I have 2 to post.




And how about 2 pontiacs.




Also how rare is the Gold color?
And the medium blue from 99

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Also how rare is the Gold color?
And the medium blue from 99
They're both kinda rare, but not as much as BPM. There are some articles on the main page of this site that go over all the color production numbers.
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Check out my site in my sig, I have the rarity of the colors there. I see a lot more '99 Bright Blue Metallic Camaros and Firebirds than I ever see of this particular purple despite its rarity. Compared the the Camaros, the Pontiac guys have really embraced BPM and BBM. I have lots of high res pics of Firebirds in those colors. I think most of them came off webshots.com.

The Sport Gold cars are rare, but I'm not personally attracted to them, so I've never done a ton of research on them.
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BPM is the best color ever..
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