Complaints: Enough said. At this point, it's better off dead.

Praise: Thanks for the memories, even if many of them proved to delusions on the last test drive. The Camaro still has the ability to appeal to the Walter Mitty hiding out in all of us.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Good ride on smooth roads. Boffo acceleration on straightaways. But, like many adolescents, recalcitrant or otherwise, the Camaro really can't handle the rough stuff, or sharp turns in direction.

Capacities: The Camaro is a four-seater that holds two people. In the convertible version, luggage space is adequate for two crushable overnight bags. Of course, you always can use those two rear "seats" for more storage. Fuel capacity is 16.8 gallons of gasoline. Regular unleaded is okay.

Body style/layout: Two-door convertible. Front engine, rear-wheel-drive.

Engine and drivetrain: The Camaro SS comes with a 325-horsepower version of GM's 5.7-liter V-8 engine. It can be linked to either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The test car came with the six-speed gearbox.

Mileage: I got about 25 miles per gallon in mostly highway driving, which actually isn't so bad for a car that weighs 3,574 pounds. So I ought to take one of those demerits back.

Price: The Camaro Z28, on which the SS is based, starts at $29,925.

Invoice price on the base model is $27,381. Price as tested is $37,167, including $2,303 for the 35th Anniversary package, $3,339 for the SS performance package and a $600 destination charge.

Purse-strings note: If you want it, you want it. There's not much like it, other than a Ford Mustang SVT Cobra convertible, which still shows some sign of life.