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In the Garage: 2002 Camaro
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS owned by Matt Wasserman
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
The latest Camaros have drawn rave reviews since their 2009 debut, yet collector enthusiasm remains high for the previous generation built from 1993 to 2002. While over 14,000 coupes were produced in the final year, Wasserman says both the color and content make his award-winning SS even rarer. “My Camaro is a limited production model, number one of 283 being a ‘Sunset Orange Metallic’ coupe with an automatic transmission.
Most, if not all, Camaros in 2002 were either T-top or convertible. Mine happens to be a hardtop, which is very rare. This car also has the center mount exhaust and a ‘blackwing’ (engine air) intake from the factory, which gave it the 345 horsepower option.” Wasserman says his Camaro has been featured in multiple enthusiast magazines.
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
Wasserman bought the 15,000-mile coupe in summer 2008 -- a year after he graduated from high school -- while his parents were away on vacation. “When my parents came home,” he says, “they gave me that sarcastic look and said, ‘I could’ve sworn that your car was not orange when I left.’ My dad didn’t mind. He just hoped I could afford it.”
WHERE HE FOUND IT
It was advertised online by a Hempstead Dodge dealership.
“People don’t even believe me when I tell them it’s all original and the paint is 10 years old,” Wasserman says. “She currently has 25,000 miles and I plan to keep it real low.” Wasserman has also made some modifications, including firmer suspension, beefier brakes and an engine tuning by a Long Island Corvette shop.
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Use them, but don’t abuse them,” he advises.
Wasserman estimates the value between $20,000 and $25,000.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“This Camaro SS has certainly changed my life for the better,” he says. “I love attending a lot of the car shows on Long Island. One of the most exciting things about my car is just having all that power and the beautiful sound of that LS1 (Corvette engine) at full throttle. I also plan to hold onto this car for a very long time as a memory of my childhood for when I am older. It’s hard to sell a car that you get compliments for wherever you go.”