Current, and Original Owner: Jerry Van Gompel

5.7-liter V8,
4-speed manual transmission
Black exterior paint,
all black interior, w/ bucket seats

Jerry is the Original Owner and purchased his 1981 Camaro from Ron Tonkin Chevrolet on April 23, 1981 in Portland, Oregon for $8243. 23. The car was only in Oregon for less than two years before Jerry moved to Arizona in early 1983. The car originally came with a 5.0-liter V8 engine, but in 2007 the 5.7-liter V8 engine along with some minor performance features was installed. That same year the 4 -speed manual transmission was rebuilt and reinstalled. The engine and transmission work were done by Arrowhead Auto Care of Glendale, Arizona. Then in 2012 the Camaro was repainted to the original factory black. “American Racing” 14-inch chrome rims were also added. The front stock rubber grills were replaced with chrome aftermarket billet grills. After market interior “Autometer” gauges were also installed. “The Body Shop”in Phoenix did the body and paint work. Also, in 2012 the headliner and floor carpet were replaced by “Bell Upholstry” of Phoenix, Arizona. In 2015 the clutch was replaced. The interior is all original except for the carpet, headliner and addition of the aftermarket gauges. Shortly after purchasing the car Jerry pealed the window sticker off and placed it in the glove box where it stayed for 30 years before he decided maybe it should be protected and laminated. He also has all the original manuals, the original jack and the original spare tire. The 1981 Camaro is always garaged and since 2012 only goes to car shows. 1981 was the last year of the Gen 2 Camaro. For model year 1981 there were a total of 126,139 Camaro’s produced. Of that there were 20,253 Z28’s; 43,272 Berlinetta’s and 62,614 sport coupes. There were no RS, SS or Type LT models produced in 1981. There were 4 engines available in 1981 for the Camaro; they were the 3.8-liter V6, the 4.4-liter V8, the 5.0-liter V8 and the 5.7-liter V8. In 1981 all Camaro’s were produced at the Van Nuys, CA or the Norwood, Ohio assembly plants.

Photos by

Rod Loveless