1979 Chevrolet Camaro

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta
The 1979 Chevrolet Camaro featured a
posh Berlinetta model for luxury buyers.

The 1979 Chevrolet Camaro lineup included a luxury-level Berlinetta, which replaced the Type LT and quickly turned into one highly popular Camaro. Chevrolet boasted of the Berlinetta's "new level of extraordinary road looks and a boulevard ride," with a suspension "engineered for relaxing comfort."

In addition to a distinctive grille and deluxe insulation to keep wind/road noise at bay, Berlinettas included custom-tuned engine mounts, revalved shocks, newly designed bucket seats in a Custom Cloth interior, dual body pinstriping, and aluminum wheels.

Top engine was a 175-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8, standard in the Z28 and optional in other Camaros. Base engines were the 250-cubic-inch six and 305-cubic-inch V-8. Production of the four models (base, Rally, Berlinetta, Z28) totaled 282,571 units, including a whopping 84,877 Z28 coupes -- more than the Berlinetta figure.

A base Camaro started at $5,163, while the "Z" brought $6,748. Rally Sport Camaros had a blackout grille, specially painted hood and roof, and Rally wheels.

"The Z28 makes waves," the brochure warned, and has "sleek road authority that causes talk and creates legends." Each Z28 had a simulated air scoop and front-fender louvers, a rear spoiler, new low-slung air dam, freshly flared front wheel openings -- plus a new instrument panel shared with other Camaros.

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta
The Berlinetta included body pinstriping and aluminum wheels.

1979 Chevrolet Camaro Facts
Model Weight range (lbs.) Price range (new)
Number built
Camaro 3,305-3,358 $5,163-$6,748282,571

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