The Chevrolet Camaro has long been one of the best bargain performance cars on the market. And while the new models continue to offer a great value for enthusiasts, there are over 50 years worth of Camaro offerings to choose from at this point. And when it comes to cheap V8 fun, it is hard to argue against the fourth generation “F-body” models that came from 1993-2003. Thanks to the folks over at Jalopnik, we have become aware of a special F-body Chevrolet Camaro that is being offered for sale on Craigslist. This is a 2002 Camaro “B4C” Interceptor formerly owned by the California Highway Patrol, and it could be yours.
Highway Patrol officers across the country have had a long history with muscle car interceptors. In fact, these Camaro muscle cars and their Ford Mustang partners are some of the most iconic police vehicles ever to patrol our roadways. While there are many misconceptions out there related to the Camaro B4C Interceptor package, things are really a bit more simple than folks may let on. These cars are essentially de-badged Z/28 models, with a few minor adjustments. The Camaro B4C included a 3.23 rear end with a limited-slip differential, along with a much-rumored Performance Ride and Handling suspension package. The cars also couldn’t be optioned with T-tops, though that isn’t much of a surprise.
Under the hood of this example sits a 5.7L LS1 V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox. Contrary to what the folks on Camaro forums might tell you, GM’s promotional material for the car lists the total output for a 2002 Camaro B4C at 310 horsepower and 340 ft-lb of torque. That said, this Chevrolet Camaro B4C Interceptor supposedly carries a Shane Hines tune. It managed to run the 1/4 mile in 12.52 at around 110 MPH.
The seller of this particular Camaro B4C Interceptor states that this car was used by a California State Trooper, and that it wasn’t in service for that long. That might explain why there are only 119,000 miles on the clock, but more than a few readers over at Jalopnik have raised some doubts. The interior of this particular example is as nice as any F-Body Chevrolet Camaro out there, leading some to question whether or not this car ever had police equipment installed.
Ultimately, while the nice interior doesn’t mean this couldn’t be a real CHP car, the owner hasn’t published the vehicle’s build sheet for confirmation. Furthermore, only 13 black-and-white B4C Interceptors were ever delivered to California by GM. Either this is an extremely rare example, or the owner took liberty with the $6,000 paint job they gave the car.
The seller of this particular car is asking $20,900. That is a serious amount of money for any F-Body Camaro, especially one that carries 119,000 miles on the clock. If this is genuinely one of the 13 black-and-white cars sold by GM, this could explain the high asking price. That said, we don’t know a single Camaro fan that would be willing to pony up that sort of money for this thing. Especially considering the penalties that can be involved for driving a car adorned with police department graphics.