1978 Chevrolet Camaro

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Styling changes identified the 1978
Chevrolet Camaro, including this Z28.

The 1978 Chevrolet Camaro featured a reworked nose -- in soft, resilient urethane -- that carried grille work above and below a body-colored bumper. At the rear, tri-color taillamps sat against a black or silver rear panel.

In addition to new "soft" fascias, the Z28 flaunted aggressively shaped front fender louvers and new optional aluminum wheels. "It's exciting, it's virile, it's a legend," said the brochure. No reason the car had to look puny, even if performance was no longer anything to shout about.

A total of 54,907 Z28s were built with a 185-horse, four-barrel upgrade of the 350 engine, list-priced at $5,604.

Ads promised that a Z28 would "put butterflies in your stomach, a lump in your throat and a smile on your face." Known primarily as "driver's cars," the late-Seventies Z-cars were no slouches when the pedal hit the floor, blasting to 60 mph in as little as 7.5 seconds.

Base Camaros were the most popular models, with more than 134,000 built, starting at $4,414. In between the base model and Z28, the line included a Rally Sport and a more popular Type LT (which cost only $30 more), plus a combination of Type LT and Rally Sport that stickered for $5,065.

Total Camaro output came to 272,631 cars. Engine choices included a 110-horsepower 250-cubic-inch six, 145-horsepower 305-cubic-inch V-8, and 170-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8.

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Tri-color taillamps against a black panel
highlighted the rear end changes.

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Facts
Model Weight range (lbs.) Price range (new)
Number built
Camaro 3,300-3,352 $4,414-$5,604272,631

For more picture-packed articles about Chevys and other great cars, see:

  • Classic Cars: Learn about more than 400 of the world's finest classic and collectible automobiles.
  • Muscle Cars: Look back at tire-smoking Chevys and scores of other machines from the golden age of American high performance.
  • Sports Cars: Discover the pleasure of sports motoring at its purest in these captivating articles on the best sports cars from around the world.
  • Consumer Guide Automotive: Here's your source for news, reviews, prices, fuel-economy, and safety information on today's cars, minivans, SUVs, and pickups.
  • All Chevrolet Camaros: From the original 1967 to the last-of-a-breed 2002 model, learn all about one of America's favorite sporty cars.
  • 2009 Chevrolet Camaro: It's back, and badder than ever! Check out this article and pictures to discover what Chevy has in store as it revives the Camaro for the 2009 model year.