1979 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
With current technology and the Internet, teleconferences and video
conferences are commonplace. However, in 1966 when Chevy scheduled
the launch and announcement of the Camaro, (codename Panther), the
communication technology was a bit more primitive. On June 28th,
more than 200 journalists and the Chevy PR team assembled at hotels
in fourteen American cities to hear the conference call
announcement. It was the first large-scale teleconference requiring
more than 100 Bell technicians on-hand to ensure success.
For consignment a 1979 Chevrolet Camaro. This example has mostly
clean straight body panels, newly upholstered seats, a cowl
induction hood, and the engine runs strong. Leaving nothing to the
imagination on the performance side, it sounds and drives like it's
on fire, and indeed could also get you to one very quickly.
Due to modifications of the emissions control devices installed by
the manufacturer, please check your local, state, and federal laws
to determine if this vehicle is applicable for use on public
highways in your area.*
ExteriorThis generation of the Camaro has thrown out the
conventional chrome bumper and now gone with the crash test
neoprene V shaped front end, and it is neoprene even surrounding
the round single headlights on either side. Turn signals are also
inset and a black sloped forward grille with the badge in the
center is looking great. The long cowl induction hood and front
quarters make their way back to the cabin and are bathed in lovely
Dark Sapphire Blue Mica paint, just like the remainder of the car.
On top, the roof is solid steel finished in matchy matchy blue sans
T-tops. Long doors allow for easy access, and the rear bench
passengers are treated to plenty of light and scenery with the
gently sloping rear glass, which melts into the trunk deck that
ends in a seamless spoiler and more neoprene for the rear bumper.
Tail lights wrap around the rear quarter and we have a racy design
fer sur! Putting 15 inch Centerline wheels on all 4 corners does
not hurt either. A few faults are noted in the body, mostly down
low we note some rust bubbling on the doors and inclusions in the
paint at the base of the front and rear quarters.
As we swing open one of those long doors we see a mix of black
vinyl and lightly polished stainless, smooth tops, some faint
texture in the middle with nicely preserved armrests and door
pulls, and a lower smooth stainless panel to finish off the bottom.
Newly recovered blue broadcloth and black vinyl buckets are inside
in front with nicely padded tuck and roll inserts and smooth
bolsters. A center console races through these buckets from the
middle of the rear bench, from which you can get an idea of what
the buckets look like with more wide tuck and roll black vinyl. The
console has an armrest/glove box, and as it moves forward, a
B&M ratchet shifter and a trio of aftermarket gauges just
before rising to the dash front are present. Above is a Boss Audio
aftermarket AM/FM/CD radio. Instruments are embedded in a black
dash panel and are all round. Above a crack free dash top presents
nicely. The original steering wheel sits atop a tilt column and on
this column a SunPro tachometer is mounted staring right through
the upper center of the wheel. Like new black carpeting is covering
the floors, and above is a black vinyl headliner. The trunk is
lined with like new gray carpeting.
Under the hood sits a non-original 350ci V8. It has been bored .030
over, fitted with LT1 pistons and a .500 lift camshaft. Aftermarket
cast iron heads and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor top off this
package. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission on back with a
shift kit and our consignor was told a 2800rpm stall converter was
added. A 10-bolt Positraction axle spins both rear tires. All is
looking solid under this hood with little to no rust and some
Up on the lift the undercarriage shows some surface rust, patina
and road dirt covered steel and some dampness from the pumpkin. The
unibody front and rear is showingin strong black painted steel.
Power disc brakes are upfront, and power drums on back. Also, a
Glasspack style exhaust sans catalytic converters is taking the
spent gasses from the headers. Providing the sporty ride is an
independent coil sprung front suspension and a leaf spring with
chrome traction bar rear arrangement.
The mighty small block started right up and after ample warm up
time fell into a pleasant lopey idle. Out on the test track it has
nice acceleration, good braking and handling. The only issues that
crept up was the lack of heat due to the heater core being
Despite some of its shortcomings a little TLC will bring it back to
snuff, mostly on the cosmetic ends of this vehicle. It is worth it
as this generation is some of the best-looking Camaros around.
G-305ci V8 2bbl
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
584856-Sequential Unit Number
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barn find collection is on display. This vehicle is located in our
showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just
1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The
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