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April 3rd Update: we just noticed the seller updated the post to show “Sale Pending.” Good luck with the purchase!
March 23rd Update: well, another five months have passed since we last updated this nice Camaro Berlinetta. The private seller posted a fresh listing with several new pictures we’ve added here, however, they remain firm on their asking price of $11,500.
November 4th Update: we noticed this 63k original mile Camaro Berlinetta T-Top survivor we originally featured on September 23rd is still available as it has a fresh Craigslist post (we’ve updated the link below) however the current caretaker has not budged on their asking price of $11,500. Based on the Hagerty estimates the seller seems to have their car correctly priced so he needs to find that right buyer interested in a luxury-focused version of a second-generation Camaro.
Listed in September 2019 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is this 63k original mile, 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta survivor the private seller is currently asking $11,500 for, which based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool the current caretaker has his car priced between the #2 “Excellent” level of $12,200 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $9,200.
Produced from 1970 through 1981, the second-generation Camaro achieved its highest production ever at 282,571 units in 1979, a record which stands to this day. As growing emissions standards choked engine performance over the second-generation Camaro’s model run, the original focus on performance shifted to luxury. A prime example of this was the introduction of the luxury-oriented Berlinetta model, replacing the Type LT, in 1979. In addition to a distinctive grille and deluxe insulation to keep wind/road noise at bay, Berlinettas included custom-tuned engine mounts, re-valved shocks, newly designed bucket seats in a custom cloth interior, dual body pinstriping, and aluminum wheels which Chevrolet said was “engineered for relaxing comfort.” The only other major changes for 1979 included a restyled instrument panel with a much flatter appearance than the previous wraparound design, while a new electric rear window defroster became optional this year, replacing the old blower type unit mounted in the rear package shelf.
The current caretaker provides extensive photos and a great description we’re quoting below:
“This is an extra-clean, rust-free original example presented in code 11 White with Custom Cloth Powder Blue (code 24C) interior. With just under 64K documented original miles, this sport-luxury cruiser performs as intended. Runs excellent, rides and brakes as it should.
Exterior: The body has no rust or bubbling and paint has a deep luster. I took a magnet to all the usual problem areas and appears to have had no previous bodywork performed. Looks to be original no-hit body. Very tiny little nicks were touched up using factory touch-up paint which is included. T-Tops are original in excellent condition with no nicks, cracks or scratches with soft weather stripping still fully intact. Original GM T-Top storage bags included. Only a little over 10% of Camaros were ordered with this option. Wheels are updated to a set of recent restored 1980 Z-28 style with new lug nuts and center caps, and new factory sized 225/70/15 Cooper Cobra tires installed in April, 2019. Original Berlinetta wheels are included. A lightweight dust cover is also included.
Interior: Seat fabric, console, and dash are in like-new excellent-original with no tears, cracks, or seam separations. I replaced the carpet with original factory-fitted and color due to small wear and fading. Some of the hard plastics and door pulls were removed and re-dyed with GM code 24C vinyl paint also due to age fading. Window regulators were cleaned and re-greased while apart. Seat belts, dash and courtesy lights, horn, radio and 8-track player (case of tapes included) work as do all the gauges except for the clock. AC, heat, vent, and optional rear window defroster work fine. Also included is the original jack, lug wrench space-saver spare tire, and inflator canister.
Mechanicals: 305 V8 and 350 Turbo Trans work perfectly. This is unmolested, numbers matching, totally original engine with no modifications. Does not burn or leak any oil. Recent work includes updated and recharged original AC system, new master cylinder, front break calipers, pads, hoses, turned rotors and repacked bearings. Rear breaks check out fine but 2 new wheel cylinders and shoes are included. New alternator, spark plugs, air filter, oil change and coolant flush. New under hood insulation blanket. The suspension feels tight and handles as it should. Floors are solid and only light surface rust on the underside components.
Provenance: I have all paperwork and history dating back to the original purchase. Built March 23, 1979, delivered new to Hornbeck Chevrolet, Carbondale PA. Spent it’s first three years in Southern California. 2nd owner owned from 1983 until Nov. 2018 and was a garage kept, fair weather car. I would be surprised if this car ever saw any North Eastern road salt.
Includes original build sheet, window sticker, dealer invoice, owners manual, and all other GM and dealer literature, Two sets of original keys and maintenance receipts. PA antique tag is transferable to an instate buyer.”
These second-generation Camaros could be ordered a variety of different ways and we love that despite leaning towards luxury, this example has been left original. We’re willing to bet this Camaro will get you more stares, questions, and compliments at car shows than the Z/28s usually found at the same events.
Good luck with the purchase!
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