350/4-Speed: 1978 Chevrolet Camaro RS

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Pony cars like the Chevrolet Camaro were no longer the outright performance propositions they had once been by the time the 1970s drew to a close. However, they could still offer buyers an enjoyable driving experience with the right drivetrain combination. That is the case with this 1978 Camaro RS. It presents well as a daily driver, but lifting it to a higher level would take little effort. After seven years in their care, the seller has listed it here on eBay in Lexington, North Carolina. Bidding currently sits below the reserve at $9,000.

The seller states this Camaro received a repaint in its original combination of Bright Yellow and Black approximately a year before they purchased it. The indications are that the work was performed to a decent standard because there is no evidence of significant deterioration. It retains an acceptable shine for a driver-quality car, with no major flaws or defects. The panels are straight, and I can’t spot any visible exterior rust. That doesn’t mean the vehicle is rust-free because the seller supplies this shot of the underside, confirming rust in the rear floor on the driver’s side. They don’t mention any further issues, and if that is the extent of the problem, addressing it would be straightforward. The glass and trim look okay, but the existing wheels are an acquired taste. They detract from the Camaro’s overall presentation, but there are a couple of options to consider. The original 14″ wheels and center caps are included, and these should restore nicely for a more factory appearance. Alternatively, an appropriate set of aftermarket wheels could be a good choice.

Powering this Camaro is the legendary 350ci V8, with the original owner selecting a four-speed manual transmission, power steering, and power front disc brakes. The small-block should produce 170hp, which is sufficient to launch the RS through the ¼-mile in 16.9 seconds. That is far from what owners expected at the start of the decade. Still, it confirms how profoundly increased weight and tighter emission regulations had impacted vehicle performance. However, rowing the stick should still make driving fun. The seller indicates this beauty is in excellent mechanical health, running and driving well. The only change the seller made was to add a dual exhaust with Flowmasters to make the most of the beautiful tune produced by the V8. They are happy to supply a video of the car running and driving for interested parties, which is an offer I would probably accept.

The Camaro’s interior is tidy but not dazzling. The front seat upholstery is free from rips and other problems, and there is no evidence of sun rot on the back seat. There are other areas of deterioration, with the dash pad the most notable. It is probably beyond help, meaning the buyer must brace to spend around $440 on a replacement. The interior is begging for a deep clean, and that would be my first move before considering replacing any other items. This strategy might produce an acceptable driver-quality result, saving the buyer from spending unnecessary cash. There is no air conditioning, but the Camaro features an aftermarket radio/cassette player with speakers in the rear parcel tray.

This 1978 Camaro RS isn’t perfect, but it holds promise as a project. Addressing its existing rust should be straightforward, and changing the wheels would profoundly impact its appearance. Whether the winning bidder elects to fit the originals or pursue something aftermarket will be a personal preference, but it would be worth the effort. It has already attracted sixteen bids, suggesting people see the potential locked within this classic. Do you like it enough to join the bidding party?

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  1. Maggy

    Neat car. I’m not a fan of yellow but with the black and stripes it works for me.15×8’s must be rubbing up front while turning.I’d get 15×6 up front and leave the 8’s on the back.The earlier rally’s look so much better then the later ones and the later one’s are 14″. I’d say a 15-20k car once dolled up and the interior gone thru quick and a small floor patch in today’s market depending on the paint.She’s pretty nice.I’d drive it.As is now 10k imo. Glwts.

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  2. C Force

    Its gonna need help in performance department that 350 needs another couple hundred horsepower.

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  3. eyes4color62@gmail.com CooterMember

    Maggy, never heard of 6″ rallyes, 7’s are the narrowest I’ve encountered. I had the 8″ rear and 7″ fronts on a 67 Camaro and they looked nice. This car has the Corvette setup. I had a buddy with 8″‘s all around a Camaro and he didn’t experience any rub. This car would dazzle with the wheels cleaned and re-painted silver with new caps and rings slapped on. Pull and refresh that engine, including .030 bore and a bigger cam and you have a numbers matching Camaro with some giddy up!

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    • maggy

      My 68 z24 has factory Kelsey Hayes 15X 6”rallys code DC.The car was born with 4 piston disc brakes and it came factory with rallys painted black and full size hubcaps.15×7’s at least with 225 70 15 tires will just so slightly rub on the frame on a tight turn at least with 65-70 b bodies.They are a lot harder to find then 7’s.I’m suprised 8’s but believe you fit all the way around on a camaro . I actually need a pair of 8’s for some drag radials.

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  4. Glen

    I had a 1977 exactly like this but with a 305 2bbl. Automatic. I converted it to a 4bbl but it was still a dog.

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  5. Stan

    Cool 4sp w Rally pkg. 😎

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  6. tadah23Member

    RS in this year Camaro stands for Really Slow.

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  7. Ross Pursifull

    Bought one exactly like it new in 1976, yellowblack 350 4speed ,had white Vinyl Interior with black dash and console.
    Was 5300 from the dealer in cheyenne wyoming. Loved it.

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  8. Denny Tuttle

    Ordered a77 RS 350 4 speed with a posi and was a dog until I changed the the 4 speed and put one in with different first and second gear. Ran real nice after that.Still has only 40 thousand miles on it,gave to my son in SC.

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