The replacement for the Triumph was a VERY reliable car, and my first Chevrolet. It was a 1981 Camaro Z28 with a 350 cubic inch V8, quadrajet 4V carburetor, and dual exhaust. It had an automatic transmission, my first auto since the old Cougar.
It was really a pretty car, and looked just like this one. To these older eyes, it looks a bit gaudy, but I really liked that car. It was quiet, handled really well, and went reasonably fast without a lot of fuss and rattling.
The interior was pure 80's. Nothing very inspiring about it.
When I bought the car, radar detectors were illegal in several states, and I still had a tendency to drive a bit over the speed limit. I installed an under-hood radar detector and placed the remote up under the dash. It would always give a little OK beep when I started the car, so I knew it was operating.
I liked this car a lot, until I got in a stoplight drag race with a shipmate back in in 1984. He was driving a 1969 Mustang with a 302 2V, and I couldn't beat him... He couldn't beat me either, but that wasn't the point. I immediately wanted a faster car, and started looking for it. I just now learned that the claimed output of this engine was only 173 horsepower! That passed for a top-line performance car in 1980. Good lord...
It wouldn't be too long before I started missing the old reliable Z28.