Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
Second-generation Camaros still represent a lot of fun for not a lot of cash, and this bright red 1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 also proves that there's a great-looking car under all the 1970s stripes and glitter. With eye-catching paint, a strong-running small block, factory A/C, and a very reasonable price, this F-body delivers a whole lot of bang for the buck.
Repainted in the not-too-distant past, the bright red finish gives this Z/28 a performance look that's all out of proportion to its price tag. They skipped most of the usual decals, making it clean and sleek rather than dated-looking, and that's a big plus when you're talking about one of these cars. The urethane nose is in excellent shape and that hood is still one of the best designs of the era, especially with the blacked-out insert in the scoop. Out back, you get a three-piece rear spoiler on the trunk that's as much a part of the Camaro look as the Bowtie emblem. The work is quite good, not show quality but certainly in line with what you would have received from the factory, and we have to admit that after looking at so many of these in plain, boring '70s colors, the bright red looks pretty darned good to our eyes and it doesn't appear to have ever been a rusty car. If you get yourself a few inches away from the bodywork you can see a few imperfections in the paint but it's really quite minor.
The black interior is a combination of new and original components and all together, it has a very sleek, up-to-date look. The seats are in excellent shape and are as supportive as they look, perfect for the Z/28's performance. The carpets are in good order, protected by some heavy-duty floor mats and the door panels are probably original pieces that still look decent. The dash, steering wheel, and center console are in good order and the gauges look great in the silver dash panel. You'll note the options list includes power windows and locks, functional A/C, remote driver's mirror, and an automatic transmission. The original AM/FM radio is still in the center of the dash and remains operational, so you can enjoy some music while you drive. The trunk is unfinished, so you'll need to buy a mat to finish it off, but as it sits you can easily see there are no serious issues you'll need to address.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch V8 that looks and acts the way it would have in 1978. It's well detailed and shows lots of recent maintenance, including newer hoses and bright corporate turquoise engine enamel. Stock-style cast iron exhaust manifolds feed what might be the original exhaust system, complete with catalytic converter, and the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission has quick reflexes for around town cruising. It's very clean, if not detailed for show underneath, and with highway-friendly gears in the 10-bolt rear end, this is an easy car to drive regardless of what you're doing with it Color-matched SS wheels are an excellent choice with the high-impact F-body and carry 225/70/15 Firestone tires all around.
A clean, sleek take on an old favorite, this Camaro delivers a great look and a strong-running motor for a very small investment. Just go out and have fun with it. Call today!
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