One of the finest 1979 Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupes on the market! Only two owners since new, and documented fully at only 42,543 actual miles! All factory, number's matching including the color combination! Splendid investment in every way, and a perfect car to show or drive! Don't hesitate on this one!
The Camaro had been an instant success since its inception in 1967 to compete with the popular Ford Mustang. Once Chevrolet began to identify the performance packages, the Trans Am-inspired Z/28 option was appealing to those who preferred power over comfort. Early on, the Z/28 was not allowed to be mated to anything other than a 4-speed transmission, and features like air conditioning were not allowed to be attached to the order form. It was a raw option, and definitely not for everyone. As time went on, the Z/28 package was freed to allow an automatic transmission by 1970, and air conditioning hit the option checklist by 1974. Sadly, the Z/28 departed the Chevrolet lineup in 1975. It wasn't until 1977 that the Z/28 would return as its own model, instead of an option. These late 1970's Camaro had become rather sculpted in appearance with the 350ci V8 being the highest output offering in the Camaro lineup. In 1978, the urethane bumpers rounded the exterior body presentation nicely, and a non-functional hood scoop gave the car a sporty presence. Although, you were forced to accept the elaborate exterior Z/28 body decal sticker kit absent the option to order without. Hence in 1979, customers who wanted the top-of-the-line model could ask that the D88 Z/28 Stripe be deleted to give the car a cleaner overall presentation. The original owner of the Camaro offered here jumped at the chance to custom order his Camaro in 1979 exactly as you see it in these images, without any Z/28 stickers hindering the lines. He then kept it in his careful possession for the next 27 years!
We are excited to offer this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe in factory code 19L/19U- Black exterior over 74R-Carmine Red Vinyl interior! This special customer ordered example features its original, number's matching 350ci V8 engine and automatic transmission. Features include air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, full rally instrumentation with tachometer, color-matched 15"" Z/28 Rally wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT raised white letter radial tires, body side moldings, sport mirrors with driver remote, door edge guards, electronic rear defrost, all Soft-Ray tinted window glass, passenger vanity mirror, carpeted floor mats, and more! As mentioned before, this original owner ordered this example D88- Stripe delete!
It was delivered new from Ray Catena Chevrolet in Fairlawn, NJ to Anthony Deriso on April 2nd, 1979 of Hackensack, NJ with just 6 miles on the odometer. Mr. Deriso would cherish his Camaro sparingly and later moved to California in March 1999. It would always be garaged, and maintained to collector standards while in his care. The only modifications would include an upgrade from the non-functional style 1979 hood scoop to a later generation 1980 cowl version (original included), a Jensen AM/FM/Cassette audio system, and chromed alternator bracket and valve covers. Mr. Deriso would finally come to sell his treasured Camaro in September 2006 to a local St. Louis resident with just 40,498 original miles on the odometer!
This new owner/collector would enjoy this outstanding Camaro Z/28 sparingly during the fair weather driving season offered to us here in the Midwest region. That being the case, it would accrue an average of just 150 miles each year over the next 13 years! With its offering for the first time in over a decade, and just the third time since sold new in 1979, this presents a very unique opportunity for the next lucky collector! Most recently treated to a thorough inspection in the St. Louis Car Museum service shop, we took the liberty to enhance its collectability. This included completely evacuating and pressure testing the air conditioning system and recharging for new, replacing all coolant along with new GM style hoses & clamps, changing the engine oil/filter, and fully detailing the engine, interior, and exterior to showroom standards! As it looks today, we feel it is likely the finest 1979 Camaro Z/28 offered on the market with just 42,543 actual miles on the odometer!
Please do not hesitate to call with additional questions or a chance to schedule a chance to review in person. This exceptional example with come with its original factory built sheet, showroom brochure, original delivery contract, assembly manual, warranty booklet, original painted valve covers, factory hood scoop, and two sets of keys. An opportunity not to be missed! Call today, or forever wish you were the third owner! Thanks for looking!