Elderly Excellence: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Base 83K Survivor – SOLD!

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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February 19, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

February 2, 2024 Update – The seller continues to replace their Craigslist ads on a two week cadence, however this time they lowered their asking price again from $12,500 to $10,500.

February 2, 2024 Update – The seller continues to replace their Craigslist ads on a two week cadence.

January 26, 2024 Update – In addition to replacing their Craigslist ads well be fore they expire, the seller of this ’79 Camaro increased their asking price from $10,500 to $12,500. That’s usually a sign the seller has been receiving lowball offers, so they likely raised their asking price to give them wiggle room to negotiate a sale.

January 21, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their soon-to-expire Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price all carry over.

January 4, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their soon-to-expire Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price all carry over.

Finding an entry-level, no-frills classic car from the 1970s is arduous, especially with pony cars.  Dealerships back then lured potential buyers into dealerships with too-good-to-be-true prices, and the cars’ prices were based on featuring little or no options.  To advertise a low price, dealerships in most states legally had to have the exact model described in their inventory. It was quite common for a dealership to order a “stripper” that no one would likely buy so that they could keep it in inventory for the entire model year.

This brown 1979 Chevrolet Camaro for sale, first spotted in December 2023 on Craigslist in Reno, Nevada, could be one such example.  This 1979 Camaro base for sale still features standard steel wheels, poverty hub caps, and even the standard AM radio.  The only option noted is factory air conditioning, which was likely a must-have option for all new cars, given its desert location.  Unfortunately, the seller does not currently have a picture of the engine bay, as that would provide clues about whether this Camaro even includes power steering or brakes.

More impressive is how this Camaro escaped the temptation of the owner modifying the car over the years.  The seller’s description indicates this Camaro is elderly-owned and has been garaged its entire life.  While the ad does not specifically state it, it’s quite plausible this Camaro for sale is a one-owner car whether the seller bought the car new and after forty-four years they have simply aged out of the ability to drive the car any longer.  You’ll have to interview the seller to learn the back story about this interesting survivor-quality base Camaro fro sale.

Last offered for $10,500 (the highest asking price thus far was $12,500), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all 1979 Chevrolet Camaro trim levels and powertrains.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $9,270 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $12,960 after making a twenty percent deduction for the standard 115 horsepower 250 cubic inch inline six offset by a ten percent addition for factory air conditioning.

The 1979 Chevrolet Camaro marked the tail end of the second generation of this iconic American muscle car. In its base trim, the Camaro was designed to offer a blend of performance and daily drivability. The standard powertrain for this particular model included a six-cylinder engine paired with an automatic transmission, providing a balance between fuel efficiency and adequate power for its time.

Under the hood of the 1979 Camaro base trim was the tried-and-true Chevrolet 250 cubic (4.1 Liter) inline-six engine. This engine, part of Chevrolet’s legendary Stovebolt inline-six family, featured a cast-iron block and cylinder head. The engine utilized a single-barrel carburetor to mix air and fuel, delivering power smoothly and controlled. While the 1979 Camaro’s inline-six engine wasn’t as robust as the V8 options available for the model, it provided 115 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant allowed the Camaro to perform adequately in various driving conditions, making it a suitable option for city commuting and highway cruising.  1979 marked the final year of the Stovebolt-six-derived engine before Chevrolet replaced it with a more modern 229 cubic inch V6 in 1980.

The only automatic transmission for the 1979 Camaro base model was a three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic unit. This transmission was known for its reliability and smooth shifting, contributing to the overall ease of driving the Camaro. The automatic transmission complemented the characteristics of the inline-six engine, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable driving experience for those who preferred an automatic option over a manual gearbox.

The 1979 Camaro featured a unibody construction, providing a solid and stable platform for performance and comfort. The suspension system consisted of an independent front suspension with coil springs and a live rear axle with leaf springs. This setup balanced sporty handling and a comfortable ride, allowing the Camaro to handle various road conditions confidently.

The 1979 Camaro maintained its muscular and distinctive appearance in terms of exterior design. The sleek, aerodynamic lines of the second-generation Camaro were further refined for the 1979 model year. The front end featured a bold grille with a prominent Chevrolet emblem flanked by quad rectangular headlights. The Camaro’s body was available in various colors, providing buyers with options to personalize their vehicles.

The 1979 Camaro base trim inside the cabin offered a driver-centric cockpit focused on simplicity and functionality. The standard features included bucket seats for two passengers up front. The dashboard featured a clear instrument cluster, including a speedometer, fuel gauge, and other essential indicators. Optional upgrades included air conditioning, power windows, and various audio systems to enhance the driving experience.

Safety considerations for the 1979 Camaro included front disc and rear drum brakes, providing adequate stopping power for the vehicle’s performance level. Additionally, the Camaro featured a robust frame and safety features typical of the era, such as lap belts and energy-absorbing steering columns.

The 1979 Chevrolet Camaro base trim with the standard six-cylinder engine and automatic transmission embodied the essence of a versatile and accessible American pony car. With a focus on everyday usability, this Camaro model offered an appealing option for drivers seeking a balance between style and functionality. Its distinctive design and reliable engineering solidified the 1979 Camaro as a noteworthy entry in the history of this iconic automotive lineage.

The PersicopeFilm YouTube Channel features this 1979 Chevrolet Dealer Promotional Film extolling the virtues of the brand’s Camaro and Chevette that model year:

Cars are only original once, and this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro base coupe appears to be a survivor-quality, unmodified example, right down to it’s original AM radio. We hope the next caretaker resists the urge to modify this car and continues to enjoy this Hugger for what it’s not rather than what it could be.

If you are serious about buying this Camaro, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Chevrolet Pony Car featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Elderly owned 1979 Chevrolet Camaro with only 83,000 original miles. 6-cylinder automatic with air conditioning. It is very original and in excellent condition. It has always been garaged all its life. Runs and looks excellent.

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor-quality 1979 Chevrolet Camaro for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Anonymous

    I like it. I might like it more if it was some other factory color. lol With a six-cylinder it had to be the base. I don’t recall ever seeing one with a six or knowing anybody with one.

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