Photos by Jerry Heasley
Pace cars are a special subset of collectible cars. Anything that adds interest and/or makes a particular model stand out from its stablemates increases collectibility. Pace cars have both rarity and high visibility going for them. The very nature of their function as pace cars means they’re rolling billboards. Among pace cars, those used for the Indy 500 are far more collectible than any others.
The high visibility and the performance stamp of approval for pacing racecars (surely no mere econo-car would be selected) adds to the Indy 500 Pace Car value. Manufacturers like it when a new model or new generation is chosen to pace the Indy 500. Camaro made that connection with their first, third and fourth generation debuts. They got a bonus first gen pace car with the 1969 Camaro.
Graphics on the 1993 Camaro Pace Car are very bold, with a black over white split that accentuates the new wedge shape. Between the two primary colors are multi-colored stripes that look like streaming ribbons. The interiors were just as wild as the exterior, with black fabric that faded into white with longitudinal color stripes. A special 3D knitting process was used to make the upholstery.
The 1993 Z28 was such a strong performer with its 275hp 350ci LT1 engine that it didn’t need any upgrades to satisfy the track’s pace car requirements. The pace cars were fitted with 4-speed automatic transmissions. A 6-speed manual transmission was standard equipment on the 1993 Z28.
The 1993 Camaro Pace Car replicas were produced in smaller numbers than many previous pace cars. Three actual cars were provided for use at the track, and 645 replicas were released to the public. That makes the 1993 Camaro Indy Pace Car somewhat rare. The rarity has kept prices up, but it should also help maintain prices if you buy one now. Pristine, low mileage examples are common, as many collectors have stored these cars. This means you can still find ones that are virtually new. Chevrolet also offered Suburbans and Silverado pickups with matching paint schemes.
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