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Old 01-11-2013, 07:56 AM   #15
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That looks like an '84 Berlinetta. In '85 Chevy updated the front end of the Camaro and made it smoother. The pics show the same front as when the 3rd gens came out in 1982with the larger 3 slit openings and recessed parking lights and grilles below.

My first Camaro was an '82 Berlinetta in the same charcoal gray color.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:28 PM   #16
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I'm trying to think of ANY American-made car from the late 70s to late 80s that I would consider anything other than (basically) junk. I'm sure there are some but... none come to mind. That was a terrible period for American automobiles.

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Just because it wasnt a good time period for horsepower, doesnt mean the cars are junk if the op isnt planning on keeping it stock. A 3rd gen lsx swap would be a cool project....just start off w/ a solid car.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:10 PM   #17
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Just because it wasnt a good time period for horsepower, doesnt mean the cars are junk if the op isnt planning on keeping it stock. A 3rd gen lsx swap would be a cool project....just start off w/ a solid car.
Agree. If he has the time, help, and funds, it'd be a great project. This is especially true if the car isn't rotted out.

Honestly, the Berlinetta, while not a powerhouse, was a very unique and technological step forward for the Camaro. The digital dash and swing-out buttons were quite futuristic for the time.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:09 AM   #18
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Besides the rust, that digital dash as they called it (Or star-wars dash haha) Is near impossable to find/replace nowadays. I had an 83 Berli that i was restoring before it was wrecked and i had the same issues that you will pop up with. I'm all for restoring the Berlinetta's cause you just don't see them around anymore, but I would honestly pay like 100 bucks for the thing, part it out then sell the rest of the body to the scrap pile. Also Good luck finding the stock rims.... I know theres a Junkyard in the central valley of california where my old berlinetta is rusting away :( that has the stockers on them.... that is if its still there.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:19 AM   #19
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If you can afford to do it and have the ability I think it would be cool... I'd restore it completely stock, as the world has enough hacked up 3rd gens...but a cherry, showroom fresh 3rd gen would be a rare site indeed... and would be cool to see one rise from the dead.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:22 AM   #20
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That looks like an '84 Berlinetta. In '85 Chevy updated the front end of the Camaro and made it smoother. The pics show the same front as when the 3rd gens came out in 1982with the larger 3 slit openings and recessed parking lights and grilles below.

My first Camaro was an '82 Berlinetta in the same charcoal gray color.
It's an '85. You are thinking of the Z/28 front facia, which did indeed change in 85, as well as the ground effects and taillights, but the berlinetta and base models kept the same facias as the earlier models.
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not to get in peeing match, but that does have the '84 nose on it. The '85 and 86 cars moved the parking lights forwards in the nose resesses. Not as smooth as the IROC and Z28 models and still retaining the cross bar in the lense. Late '85 and '86 cars had capital letters in the BERLINETTA emblems on the B-pillars and steering wheels/wheel centers.
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No peeing match needed... I stand corrected!
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For all we know it may be an 85 with an 84 front. Something that old and neglected is likely hard to know exactly everything about it.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:41 PM   #24
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That looks like an '84 Berlinetta. In '85 Chevy updated the front end of the Camaro and made it smoother. The pics show the same front as when the 3rd gens came out in 1982with the larger 3 slit openings and recessed parking lights and grilles below.

My first Camaro was an '82 Berlinetta in the same charcoal gray color.

you sir or correct, it is an 84
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:43 PM   #25
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Besides the rust, that digital dash as they called it (Or star-wars dash haha) Is near impossable to find/replace nowadays. I had an 83 Berli that i was restoring before it was wrecked and i had the same issues that you will pop up with. I'm all for restoring the Berlinetta's cause you just don't see them around anymore, but I would honestly pay like 100 bucks for the thing, part it out then sell the rest of the body to the scrap pile. Also Good luck finding the stock rims.... I know theres a Junkyard in the central valley of california where my old berlinetta is rusting away :( that has the stockers on them.... that is if its still there.
all the digital dash still work in the car, the outside looks a lot worse of then the inside, he also has the stock rims that come with it.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:48 PM   #26
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That car is a pile, you can surely find a better one to buy. Good luck.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:15 AM   #27
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My first car was my 86 camaro berlinetta, got it when i was 16(now im 20). Its not my daily driver anymore, but i still have it, and drive it in the summer!! Im glad to see someone other than me likes the berlinetta. A lot of people (on here, and other places) think the berlinettas were just crap. But they have an awesome interior, and look damn good on the exterior when theyre nice and fixed up. But as others have said, that car doesnt really look like much. My camaro was in horrible shape when i bought it, but thats worse lol. If you are willing to spend a lot of money on this car, then i say absolutely go for it!! But if you are on a tight budget, i dont know if this is the right car for you man
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:02 PM   #28
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depending on the price this doesnt look too bad to me so long as the t tops are good.
I was in the same boat as you about a month ago and went ahead and bought the car for 1500 w/ extra engine. i dont regret it this car is a great car.
let me knowhow things work out.

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