Solid Project: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro

While it is in need of some restoration work, this 1979 Camaro appears to be a nice solid base for a project. The car is largely complete, and the owner states that it has no major dents or rust. Located in Denver, Colorado, and being sold with a clear title, you will find the Camaro listed for sale here on eBay.

The body of the Camaro does look pretty straight, and there are no visible signs of rust. The paint definitely looks very tired, and a fresh coat of paint wouldn’t go astray, although I would probably be looking at a different color, as I don’t find this one to be particularly exciting. Apparently, the lenses for the brake lights are cracked, but the glass all looks to be in quite good condition.

The car is fitted with the 305ci V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. The owner says that the car ran and drove about a year ago, but that it doesn’t run now. He seems to think that it is only something fairly minor and that it might only take a fresh battery and a bit of fiddling to get it running again. While it may not be the most highly specified Camaro on the planet, it does benefit from the addition of factory air conditioning, which is a plus.

The interior will require a complete restoration, but there are some good points to be had here. The dash looks fairly reasonable, although there is an aftermarket radio/cassette player installed, but I don’t think that the dash has been cut to fit it. The pad looks like it only has a single crack in it, so it might be able to be repaired without having to resort to replacement. The door trims and the majority of the plastic trim could be reused, but I suspect that the covers on the seats will probably need to be replaced.

As project cars go, this one may not be the most exciting, but it certainly appears to be solid. The ’79 Camaro doesn’t achieve the sorts of prices as some other models do, but at the time of writing, bidding had only reached $1,775. Scouting around the internet at present, that sort of price makes it one of the cheapest project-grade Camaros on the market at the moment that doesn’t need major body or mechanical work. It could be quite a good thing.


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  1. Vance

    I don’t know about everybody else, but I never really liked these when they were new. I’m a blue oval guy through and through, but I like these now. This one looks like a good blank slate that you could start with the inside, outside, or motor. The work could be at your own pace, and go as fast as your wallet would allow. Great vehicle for a first timer as long as everything checks out.

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  2. Miguel

    It is a shame people think of that every Camaro as having to be fully optioned.

    A lot of these cars were sold to bank tellers and teacher to get back and forth to work.

    This looks like a good starting point to make a nice driving car.

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  3. Bill Wilkman

    The seats are covered with cheap Walmart seat covers. It’s impossible to know anything about the factory seats unless these covers are removed.

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    WoW a Whopping 305 JUNK engine in an UGLY body I’m impressed NOT!!!!! This must be today’s CRACK PIPE FIND!!!!!!!!

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    • john

      don’t hold back… just let us know how you feel!
      This could be a fun low-cost project with a nice 350 or 400 CID, and a couple of interior parts!

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  5. Kimbo

    I’m not really sure how to approach wat I wanna say! But MR OLD SCHOOL !! I’m gonna teach u something about life ? Not cars !,,
    Because obviously your just a chipmunk ! One that sits in a tree observing
    Everything around ,and only thinking that u r just it ! Well time to crack your nut ! No one here wants to listen to your negative poor sport crap ! A man wants to sell his car that he loved ,to someone that might love it, and u come in and bad mouth not only his car,,,but it’s him ! Dude u get the big boooooo from me !,

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  6. Walt

    I picked up a 69 fastback Mustang from the original owners, no rust not abused, was red with black interior, I painted it black, put in a 4spd, & all the fancy Mach 1 race crap on it, everyone wants it & can’t believe I use it 4 a daily driver, sure is fun 2 drive. then they ask me what’s in it, I just tell them [whatever u want it 2 b]. Runs great, don’t burn oil, handles great, no smog & is head turner. Has a 200 six in it, someday Ill put a sm block in it, but then again? I have never seen a fastback with a 6 in it before, I think I have 1 that’s very rare

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  7. Pete

    My ex bought a lime green version of this car with an auto tranny. The 305 burned the rings out at 12,864 miles and the dealer told us 2500 to fix it back then. The car cost $3,495 brand new. The 79 was one of the worst years for a camaro especially with that 305 in it. However if you drop a 350 in this thing and throw a few interior parts at it. Then it might be a descent car after that. This one is cheap enough at the moment to that with.

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