Laissez Les Lent Temps Rouler: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

We continue our celebration of Mardi Gras with cars that wear masks…specifically cars that appear to be something that they aren’t.  The 2nd generation Camaro Z28 appears to be a sporty 2+2, but it is actually a dog that would be trounced in a sprint to 60mph by a new Chevy Volt. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want one…Find this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 offered for $13,650 in Nashville, TN via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

When General Motors redesigned the original Camaro after three years of production (1967-69) they didn’t intend to produce such a slow car.  In fact, many things were done to make the new Camaro better in every way — a stiffer chassis, better suspension….but the 70s double whammy of a fuel crisis and tightening emissions standards turned the once mighty Z28 into a marmot in lions fur.  

Under the hood is a Chevy 350 V8, a pushrod equipped cast iron beast that was fed with a 4bbl carburetor and rated at 175 horsepower.  With a decent set of a tools and a few grand you could easily uncork a few hundred more horsepower from the small block, but then you lose the originality and some places frown upon that kind of thing. 

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