It's no secret that today's car collectors buy the cars that they grew up with. It explains the muscle car boom, and it will unquestionably lead to cars like this 1979 Camaro Z/28 being collectable and highly-sought in the not-so-distant future.
We're not sure whether this is even a real Z/28, but does it really matter at this point? Wearing fresh charcoal gray paint and bereft of the usual cartoony decals, this slick F-body has a decidedly aggressive and modern look. The dark gray paint is a pleasant diversion from the more familiar white and brown Zs out there, and the over-the-top looks are chilled by the low-key color. It's quite nicely done, retaining all the Z's major styling features, from the chin spoiler to the NACA-style duct on the hood to the familiar spoiler out back, so nobody will wonder what kind of car this is. Neatly integrated front and rear fascias successfully updated the second-generation design, keeping it fresh and giving it a new lease on life, and those on this car are the same color as the bodywork, something that often couldn't be said of the originals. This is a great-looking vintage muscle car that gets a ton of attention everywhere it goes, yet totally nails the subtle look. If a Camaro can be a sleeper, maybe this is it.
The '70s weren't only about outrageous colors and shag carpet, as the handsome, upscale interior ably demonstrates. Looking like it was borrowed from a much more expensive car, the handsome black bucket seat interior looks fresh thanks to replacement seat covers, while things like the carpets, dash pad, and door panels are new. Soft surfaces and high-back buckets make it inviting, and it comes with a full array of factory gauges that appear to be in original condition with some light fading and cloudiness on the lenses. Even the steering wheel, which emulates the string-wrapped wheels of the '30s, is in very good condition. And to help you enjoy the ride, this car features factory A/C that blows cold and strong and an AM/FM/CD stereo that sounds great. Factory T-tops are a very desirable option, giving this car an open-air experience that most other F-body owners are going to envy. The trunk carries replacement black carpets and a custom-made cover for the spare tire, so it looks tidy.
The 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood was pulled from a 1988 Chevy, and as a result, carries factory throttle-body fuel injection for a big boost in performance. It was fully rebuilt to stock specs before it went back in, so it runs extremely well and by using factory fuel injection, it idles smoothly and drives like it should, making a lot more power than the original 175 horsepower lump. There's new hardware throughout, including a set of cool valve covers and a serpentine belt drive system with a fresh alternator, making this a Camaro that's ready to go with no tinkering required. A custom dual exhaust system with long-tube headers sounds fantastic and replaces the original single setup for a good bit more power. The original TH350 3-speed automatic transmission still lives behind the rejuvenated engine and feeds the stock 10-bolt rear. The front suspension has also been rebuilt and it sits on factory SS wheels that were color-matched to the bodywork and carry newer 245/60/15 performance radials.
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