If this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 were ten years older than it is, it would be worth twice as much as we're asking. The lowdown is this: 100% matching numbers, documented 13,738 original miles, an expensive fresh paint job, and complete with extensive documentation. In short, an investment-grade F-body for the guy who knows that these cars are going places in the coming years. There are simply no finer 1979 Z/28s than this anywhere on the planet.
Aside from a $15,000 show-quality repaint in ultra-rare code 40 Light Green in 2015, this car is stunningly well-preserved. Obviously, given the mileage and the California ownership, there's never been any chance of accident or rust, so the original bodywork is just the way the factory workers installed it back in 1979. And to be honest with you, it's pretty darned nice. Cars from this era get a bad reputation, but this one is close enough to new to show us that the bodies were tight, the suspensions competent, and the interiors comfortable, and it's all part of the package with this gorgeous Z. A factory-correct decal kit was installed once the fresh paint was dry, and it remains crisp, sharp and ready to show at any level today. The body colored bumpers, the chin spoiler, and the deck lid spoiler all give it the definitive 1970s performance look and you'd be amazed by how much attention a car like this can attract. There are plenty of us who grew up thinking this was the hottest thing on wheels.
The gorgeous code 62 Tan vinyl interior is almost entirely original and pretty much as crisp and bright as the day it rolled off the transporter, with only the headliner being an NOS replacement piece. The bucket seats look completely untouched except for perhaps some very minor wear on the outer edge of the driver's lower seat cushion. Maybe. The door panels, carpets, and dash pad are like new, and thanks to a set of color-matched floor mats, it'll continue to look this good for a long while yet. They found the original build sheet inside this car, and it documents the unusual collection of options, which include factory A/C, cruise control, a tilt steering column, power windows, and, oddly enough, radio delete. It's been in climate-controlled storage its whole life, so the plastic is all in excellent condition and the gauges remain bright and clear behind shiny lenses. Even the trunk still has the original unused space-saver spare and jack, plus all the original mats.
The top engine in 1979 was the Z/28's 350 cubic inch V8 and this numbers-matching small block not only runs superbly, but looks showroom fresh. Thanks to a recent professional detailing where the engine was pulled, it gleams with the kind of highly-detailed look that you only get on top-flight show cars. From the intake tube to the exhaust manifolds, although the cam was upgraded to boost horsepower closer to 200, a nice improvement over the factory 170 HP. Otherwise, things like plugs, hoses, clamps and other little stuff were replaced with factory-correct pieces. Backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic and a set of 3.42 gears, it's an entertaining ride, and even the factory exhaust system, including a test tube replacement for the catalytic converter, that is bolted in the exact factory position. The entire drivetrain features new gaskets and seals, but no rebuilds which was completely unnecessary due to the low mileage. Even the original radiator was re-cored, but not replaced! Beautiful aluminum wheels were the best of 1979 and carry vintage 225/70/15 Goodyear Polysteel radials.
Heavily documented with build sheets, pre-delivery inspection slips, mileage statements, and manuals, this Camaro an extraordinary find. If you only want the best, this is it. Call today!