Half-Year Hibernator: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta 45K Survivor- SOLD!

by | Oct 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

November 7, 2021 Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

October 28, 2021 Update – After a one-month pause following the expiration of their most recent Craigslist ad, the private seller of this well-optioned 45K original mile 1980 Chevrolet Camaro. While the ad’s description and pictures are carry-overs from the last listing, the seller smartly lowered their asking price to $13,000.

September 19, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this Camaro “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” until we come across an updated listing for the car.

August 30, 2021 Update – Later the same day we featured this Camaro, the private seller decided to lower their asking price by $1,000 to $14,900. We will keep an eye out to see if doing that helps move it.

Not every consumer wanted their second-generation Camaro to be a tire spinner. Many in fact like the looks of the stylish two-door but opted for a focus on luxury rather than performance. Chevrolet answered the call in 1979 with the Camaro Berlinetta. Featuring many luxury touches that even included wire wheel covers, many Berlinettas left the factory very nicely optioned. A prime example is this red-over-red, 45K original mile 1980 Camaro Berlinetta originally listed in August 2021 and then relisted in October 2021 in North Ridgefield, Ohio with a revised asking price of $13,000 (the original ask was $15,900).

Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Camaro priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $12,900 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $16,400.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s revised ask falls just one hundred dollars shy of this guide’s #2 “Very Good” Estimate of $13,100 before making several adjustments for the various options this car has.

Produced from 1970 through 1981, the second-generation Camaro continued to be a chameleon of sorts depending on the options a buyer selected.  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 1980 included a 120 horsepower (4.4 L) 267 cubic inch V8 engine that became an option on the base, RS, and Berlinetta models. Additionally, 1980 was the first year of the federally mandated 85 miles per hour speedometer.

The King Rose Archives YouTube Channel provides this vintage 1980 Chevrolet overview of the four Camaro models offered for 1980:

The extremely low mileage and presence of yellow plastic plugs in the rocker panels of this Camaro prove one thing: not only did the original owner get their new Berlinetta treated with the full-blown Ziebart process when new, but it’s quite apparent they also never drove this car between October and April every year. That makes this Camaro a very attractive and strong candidate to participate in a variety of Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) events.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Up for sale is a 1980 Chevy Camaro Berlinetta with T-Tops.

In excellent condition for its age. Mostly all original including the paint. This was a well-cared-for vehicle. No winters and was undercoated when new.

It is powered by the 4.4 Liter V8.
There is 44,900 original miles on the car. It runs and drives great.

The interior is also in excellent condition. A few small rips on the bucket seats. Some fading on the rear plastic panels.
New headliner and sun visors installed recently.

The paint is original and shows very well for its age. There are some imperfections and some checking in some sections. But remember it is original paint.

This is a very nice example of an original 1980 Chevy Camaro.
I have more pics and a video available upon request.”

Show or go: what would you do with this luxury version of the Camaro?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Bruce

    relatively low price of admission for what appears to be a very clean Camaro. I believe it has 44,900 miles though, not 14K, I’d probably go look at it if it were closer.

  2. Douglas Threlfall

    The seat bolsters alone look tired and not of a 15,000 mile car. I would guess this has way more miles then the seller is claiming. The rest of the car looks very nice…


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