AWESOME BLACK ON GOLD COLOR COMBO, ORIGINAL BUILDHSEET, REAL Z/28, COOL 2ND GEN!
Camaro enthusiasts know their hardware, and when "Camaro Milestones" magazine picked seven sure-fire Camaro investments for the future, #4 was this 1979 Z/28. With sleek looks and a radical graphics package, it easily rivaled the Trans Am for the must-have car of 1979. This particular example is a great choice if you're going to follow the editors' advice and pick up one of these underrated performance cars before the rest of the market catches on.
For 1979, the Camaro was once again freshened, getting a wrap-around front air dam and lots of colorful graphics on the body. So many of these were beaten to death during their (and our) youth that finding a clean one like this that is straight, clean, and unmodified is rather rare. It's probably been repainted, and they resisted the urge to "modernize" it and instead kept it with factory-looking black paint over some very straight sheetmetal. Gold Z/28 decals (this is a real Z/28) are probably the right choice for the disco era's hottest ride, and details like the stainless trim and taillights shine up rather nicely. It's not perfect, but for a black car that's coming up on its 36th birthday, well, it's pretty impressive. If you were there in the '70s, you know how cool these were and if you're too young, well, you probably wouldn't get it anyway. Suffice to say that this Camaro still looks like the car we all dreamed of owning when we came out of "Rocky II" while it was still in theaters.
Like the cover car on that issue of "Camaro Milestones," this Z also carries a formal black bucket seat interior. The high-back leather buckets offer a comfortable yet grippy set of seats, and they're in outstanding condition for their age. The center console is remarkably simple for GM of the period, and they took it easy on the fake wood, so this Z has a clean performance look that's almost timeless. Even the steering wheel is in great shape, and is one of GM's more interesting designs, intended to emulate vintage racing wheels with string-wrapped rims that were easier to grip. Heck, even the original gauges are still in the dash, and there's factory A/C and cruise control, which only add to the investment potential of this F-body. There's an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo, but that's pretty much the only deviation from standard equipment.
Big blocks were off the options list in 1979, but a rocking 350 cubic inch V8 is nothing to sneeze at, particularly in Z/28 guise. The engine bay in this Z looks quite fresh and almost completely stock, meaning that not only was this a good original car, but that someone spent the time and money to take it back to stock condition. It starts easily and runs beautifully thanks to an electronic ignition system and sounds awesome with a recent Flowmaster exhaust system underneath. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission powers a 10-bolt rear end with 3.42 gears inside, and the underside of the car looks exactly like a well-maintained survivor should. Correct alloy wheels look surprisingly contemporary and wear modern 235/60/15 Firestone Firehawk radials.
Was the magazine correct in its prediction? If our recent sales are any indication, it seems like these late second-gen Camaros are red hot, because we can't seem to keep them in stock. So don't delay, call now!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Air Conditioning
- Leather Seats
- Tilt Wheel
- Cruise Control
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Locks
- Power Steering
- Factory Buildsheet
- Transmission Spec
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