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Buried At Least 15 Years: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro

The second generation of the Chevy Camaro enjoyed a long run between 1970-81. They were attractive, popular cars that could be ordered anywhere from mild to wild (but less of the latter as the 1970s wore on). This 1979 Camaro is a Plain Jane pony car that was used as a storage shelf from at least 2006 until 2021. It was found in Great Bend, Kansas and the story of its discovery can be seen here on Motor Trend. Our thanks to Larry D for bringing the saga of this find to our attention.

Chevrolet built more than 282,000 copies of the Camaro in 1979, which was better than any of the first three years the car was on the market (1967-69). Of that, 138,000 were equipped with the basic LG3 305 cubic inch V8 that produced just 145 hp, as in the garage find here. The previous owner of this ’79 Camaro was driven until he got another car and put it away in a garage with plans to “fix it up someday.” But someday never came.

Plans to fix or restore this car got waylaid when the owner moved 30 miles away without taking the Chevy with him, making it inconvenient to come to its rescue. During its hibernation, the Camaro became an easy place for stuff to be piled on top of and that’s exactly what happened – over and over again. Fortunately, its surroundings tended to keep rust from finding the automobile, and its mostly corrosion-free and intact today. The last time the car was registered for highway use was in 2003. The car still wears wiper blades and a front nose “bra” that were installed in the previous century.

The car has been retrieved from its hideaway and may or may not be for sale. To find out what’s happened to the car since 2021, you’d have to reach out to Chad Erhlich, the owner of Nobody’s Auto in Great Bend, who pulled the car out so it could finally see daylight again. If you’d like to see this Chevy being dug out of the debris surrounding it, check out the video here.


  1. Greg B Greg B Member

    Now that’s a barn find! 😁

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  2. Greg B Greg B Member

    Here is the follow up video he posted after giving the Camaro a bath.

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  3. Al

    Personally I like the goose-neck lamp, the perfect outdoor silhouette as well as the laundry basket. I have room for those items.

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    • Arby

      I could use a new bra too but that one looks pretty saggy…

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  4. Wmotor

    Why don’t someone address the elephant in the room and look in its trunk!
    These are notorious for rust behind the rear window channel and leaks into the trunk.

    Like 1

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