Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
For many years, second-generation Camaros weren't on collectors' radar, but in the last few years they've become red hot and we can't seem to keep them in stock. And yes, there are plenty of stock examples out there, but this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro RS resto-mod speaks to us even more directly, offering an awesome color combination, great upgrades, and a reasonable price point that suggests it won't last very long at all.
Dark colors never go out of style, and we love how the Fathom Green metallic paint on the long, low, sleek second-gen F-body looks like a million bucks. And if you're expecting a beater that's been thrashed around, guess again, because this one is really nicely finished and his babied since it was completed. Not perfect, of course, but when you pull into the local cruise night, people are going to stop and watch you roll by with their jaws dropped. Details like the tall cowl-induction hood, blacked-out grilles up front, and smooth, spoiler-less decklid out back all enhance the performance look and it's been subtly updated with cleared lenses up front, tinted windows, and those oversized rims, so it has a more modern look than many of its be-striped siblings. Dark paint doesn't allow for sloppiness in the finish work, and this one delivers a glossy surface with a good bit of metallic flake buried inside that's top driver quality all the way, with straight sheetmetal underneath, and precise gaps - all of which line up rather well. There's no chrome or stainless trim because it's all been painted black to match, a cool way of giving this vintage Camaro a more up-to-date look and we like it a lot.
A black interior on a darkly-painted car is always a fantastic combination and the upgraded threads this one is wearing are a big part of why this Camaro is such a screaming bargain. Just about everything inside is fresh and clean, including those sculpted sporty racing bucket seats up front that are much more form-fitting than the originals. The door panels are stock-spec and match the original bench, a center console that splits the front seats, and there are plush black carpets on the floors that are way better than any '70s shag you'd normally see in these cars. You'll note there are power window switches on the center console, right behind the B&M shifter for the 3-speed automatic transmission, and a sporty, leather-wrapped steering wheel is front and center in the driver's cockpit. The factory instrument cluster is still full of original gauges, although they've also been augmented with a trio of auxiliary units at the head of the center console and a tachometer on top of the dash that all help keep a keen eye on the nasty motor under the hood, and there's a modern retro-style AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo head unit in the center stack. There's a taut headliner above, the rear seats look mostly untouched, and even the trunk is neatly finished with spatter paint and full size spare tire and jack set.
A built-up, monster 468 cubic inch V8 (454 block bored and stroked) makes this Camaro a blast to drive. A big 4-barrel carburetor on an aluminum air-gap intake manifold gives it snappy throttle response, and with a few well-chosen chrome bits, it has a great look under the hood. The chrome alternator is newer, as is the HEI ignition system and coil, and power steering and power front disc brakes make this powerful F-body easy to handle for any driver. Long-tube headers feed a true Flowmaster dual exhaust system that sounds fantastic but doesn't get too annoying on the highway, although this bruider certainly enjoys itself on surface streets a bit more with short 4.11 gearing. The bright Chevy Orange engine works well with the overall theme and the rest of the engine bay is quite clean, especially with those wide chrome valve covers and air cleaner atop the big block. A sturdy TH400 3-speed automatic transmission spins a heavy-duty 10-built rear-end with 4.11 gears and an aluminum differential cover, both of which are more than capable of handling the big block's extra horsepower and torque. Those 17-inch American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are a perfect fit and wear staggered 235/45/17 front and 255/50/17 rear performance radials with plenty of grip.
We can't get over the bang for the buck that this cool Camaro offers. There has to be far more than the asking price wrapped up in the build, so don't miss this chance to get a great car at a great price. Call now!
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