Muscle Mondays – 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28
The 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28 is deemed the true definition of a pony car and nothing less. Its sporty image, affordability, compactness and style contributed to the car’s popularity. Out of all the Camaros of its time, the Z28 offered one of the best selections of engine choices of the second-generation series. Prompted by the success of its “power twin” rival, the Pontiac Firebird, Chevrolet made slight alterations to the Camaro’s performance and appearance, giving it a minor facelift as well as several modifications to the interior. Despite an uncertain national economy, the 1979 Z28 yielded high profits and boosted sales to record-breaking levels, resulting in nearly 10,000 more Camaros sold than in the previous year.
About the 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
One of the most significant changes made to the 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28 was the introduction of the Berlinetta model, which could also be described as a luxury model. The Berlinetta model replaced the Type LT and offered unique features that included redesigning the dashboard panel with a much flatter appearance than the previous wraparound design, which had been used since 1970. The air vents were also more conveniently incorporated into the instrument cluster bezel. For added luxury, electronics were added such as the cassette tape player and CB radio. Another luxury option included the electric rear window defroster which replaced the old blower type.
Among the added features, the design of the 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28 was also enhanced with a sleeker look. A three-piece front spoiler wrapped around the car with flared fenders that mimicked the Pontiac Firebird. New “Z28” decals were added to the flares that ran down to the bottom of the doors. Under the hood, the engine was a 175-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch V-8.
Buyers had options when purchasing the 1979 Chevy Camaro. With the plethora of options, one could say it was highly customizable. While other Camaro’s rounded off at around $5,100, the Z28 cost approximately $6,700. By the standards of the time, it was an affordable muscle car. A 1979 Chevrolet dealer brochure describes the Z28 as a vehicle “that makes waves” and has “sleek road authority that causes talk and creates legends.” It’s no wonder the sporty vehicle was one of the top-selling cars of it’s time. It was a roadster to rival all road warriors.