Second-generation Camaros still represent a lot of fun for not a lot of cash, and this silver Z/28 also proves that there's a great-looking car under all the 1970s stripes and glitter. With recent paint, a strong-running small block, and a very reasonable price, this F-body delivers a whole lot of bang for the buck.
Repainted within the last year, the frosty silver finish gives this Z/28 a sophisticated, upscale look that's all out of proportion to its price tag. They kept the decals to a minimum, making it clean and sleek rather than dated-looking, and that's a big plus when you're talking about one of these cars. The urethane nose is in excellent shape, there's a billet insert in the lower grille opening for a cleaner look, and that hood is still one of the best designs of the era. Out back, you get a three-piece rear spoiler on the trunk that's as much a part of the Camaro look as the Bowtie emblem. The work is quite good, not show quality but certainly in line with what you would have received from the factory, and we have to admit that after looking at so many of these in plain, boring '70s colors, the silver looks pretty darned good to our eyes. It doesn't look like it's ever been a rusty car. A few bumps and bruises on the chin spoiler are the major demerits, but that's probably unavoidable and it's really quite minor.
The black and gray interior is a combination of new and original components and all together, it has a very sleek, up-to-date look. The seats are in excellent shape and are as supportive as they look, perfect for the Z/28's performance. The carpets are in good order, protected by some heavy-duty floor mats and the door panels are probably original pieces that still look decent. The gray dash, steering wheel, and center console add some contrast that really brightens up the interior and the gauges are in good order. The steering wheel is one of the cooler designs to come out of GM in the 1970s, a kind of homage to the string-wrapped steering wheels racers used in the teens and '20s, and the shifter is only a few inches away. A later Pioneer AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo head unit is in the dash and this car carries options like power windows and locks, so it's easy to use in the daily grind. The trunk is also pretty original, with factory mats and a spare tire with matching cover.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch V8 with 4-bolt mains that's been rebuilt to deliver more power than you'd generally get in 1979. An Edelbrock intake manifold and 4-barrel carburetor surely help, and it sure idles like there's an upgraded camshaft inside. The engine bay is tidy, with the chrome air cleaner being the only component that really stands out as non-OEM, and the reliable hardware is hard to beat. Stock-style cast iron exhaust manifolds feed a true dual exhaust system that sounds great and the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission has quick reflexes for around town cruising. It's tidy and clean, if not detailed for show underneath, and with highway-friendly gears in the 10-bolt rear end, this is an easy car to like regardless of what you're doing with it. 5-spoke alloy wheels from a later Z have been fitted and they carry 235/60/15 white-letter radials that look brand new.
A clean, sleek take on an old favorite, this Camaro delivers fresh paint and a strong-running motor for a very small investment. Just go out and have fun with it and call today!