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Old 08-11-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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Value of a 1979 Z28?

Hi,

My dad had a 1979 Z28, with almost every option minus the CB radio. He bought it before the car actually were in the dealerships, so it had a lower serial number.


However, the car was lost in a car accident, some drunk kid slammed into him and totaled the car.

If he still had it, how much would it be worth?

Attached is a picture taken back in 1979 I believe....

It was Carmine exterior with red vinyl interior with the gold Z28 striping.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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Kamarokid,

I had the same car, less the t-top! Bought it new in Eldersburg, MD. Same color scheme, same wheels. Everything! Sold it in the mid-eighties to a woman who totalled it less than two weeks later. Brings back fond memories...
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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It really would be hard to say what it would be worth it would depend on the shape the car was in. The factory 4 speeds are bringing alot more money than the automatics. Its cool to see the picture of the car with all the other cars of that era though.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:15 PM   #4
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My dad sold it with only 35,000 miles on it.

His brother had one too!!!

Exact same car as my dad's but with camel exterior and I think tan interior.

Imagine seeing two brand new pre ordered 2010 camaro's in some one's drive way!


This is the same thing, but 30 years ago.

In the picture you can see them both, and an old bug in the background.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:23 PM   #5
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Thats sweet!!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:29 AM   #6
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Very nice, was it an automatic or manual? I get my mom's (not the original owner) 78 Z28 down the road that I plan to restore from top to bottom, it's black with custom carmine cloth interior and a 4 speed.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:15 PM   #7
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Both cars in the picture were automatic. It makes me want to cry when I think that both cars are probably pancakes or soda cans


I'll see if I can scan in more pictures...
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:29 PM   #8
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My Dad also had a 1979 Z28 this color. He later added some Keystone wheels and body side molding. It was an automatic less T-Tops.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:33 AM   #9
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The value of a 1979 Z-28 in today's market is very dependant on the condition and original nature of the car. Unfortunately the 1979 has not really hit collectible appreciation status as of yet and the current economy has set back the values on all collector cars.

As well, the 1970's was a very dark period in time for american muscle cars. The introduction of stricter emissions and fuel economy standards left the automakers helpless to deliver any levels of performance. Most V-8 cars were only in the 150-180hp range and pushing around some really heavy iron. For this fact noone really gives much status to these cars unless the are very low mileage survivors or restored to factory specs again. Also, if you have a car that was rare in nature with low production numbers this will also help to give some value today and definately in the future.

A car as you show would only be worth $2500-$10k with the higher value going to a mint factory original car showing very little to no wear and to be a highly optioned car. If you watch Barrett Jackson or Mecum it is astounding to see some of the cars from this era selling with virtually no miles on them for give away prices.

I myself also had a 1979 Z-28. I bought it from the original owner that got it as a graduation gift from his father in 1979. The car was originally the cream / tan color with tan interior. He had the entire car stripped and repainted solid black after a minor accident in the rear 1/4. He also replaced the original engine with a 383 stroker pushing about 450hp. When I purchased the car it had under 50k original miles on it and was in near mint condition. After about a year or two of ownership I sold it to a close friend of mine. Shortly after purchasing it, him and I were hit hard in the left side by a driver that fell asleep at 60mph. Unfortunately the car did not survive that wreck and a few years later my friend also lost his life in a motorcycle accident.

All in all, even if there is not a high monetary value to certain cars there can be a sentimental value that you cannot put a price tag on.

BTW - I love these old pictures showing cars of days past. It is so cool to see them as they existed in thier day.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:51 AM   #10
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My Dad still has his!!

Bought it in 1979...Silver Z28 with the red/orange stripes. 350 V8, 3-speed auto, no A/C, black interior.

I just took it out for a drive last week, in fact...LOVE the exhaust note on it...a deep, in-your-chest kinda rumble. I don't know how much these cars are worth...'cause we don't plan to sell it.

Sadly...the only two pictures I know of from "back in the day" are still in his center storage compartment!!....but they're so faded, all that's left is a pale car beneath a bunch of gray-green...:(

These were taken last year after I spent a few hours cleaning him up:
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:50 PM   #11
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tht sux man, id hunt tht kid down!! lol
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:24 PM   #12
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The value of a 1979 Z-28 in today's market is very dependant on the condition and original nature of the car. Unfortunately the 1979 has not really hit collectible appreciation status as of yet and the current economy has set back the values on all collector cars.

As well, the 1970's was a very dark period in time for american muscle cars. The introduction of stricter emissions and fuel economy standards left the automakers helpless to deliver any levels of performance. Most V-8 cars were only in the 150-180hp range and pushing around some really heavy iron. For this fact noone really gives much status to these cars unless the are very low mileage survivors or restored to factory specs again. Also, if you have a car that was rare in nature with low production numbers this will also help to give some value today and definately in the future.

A car as you show would only be worth $2500-$10k with the higher value going to a mint factory original car showing very little to no wear and to be a highly optioned car. If you watch Barrett Jackson or Mecum it is astounding to see some of the cars from this era selling with virtually no miles on them for give away prices.

I myself also had a 1979 Z-28. I bought it from the original owner that got it as a graduation gift from his father in 1979. The car was originally the cream / tan color with tan interior. He had the entire car stripped and repainted solid black after a minor accident in the rear 1/4. He also replaced the original engine with a 383 stroker pushing about 450hp. When I purchased the car it had under 50k original miles on it and was in near mint condition. After about a year or two of ownership I sold it to a close friend of mine. Shortly after purchasing it, him and I were hit hard in the left side by a driver that fell asleep at 60mph. Unfortunately the car did not survive that wreck and a few years later my friend also lost his life in a motorcycle accident.

All in all, even if there is not a high monetary value to certain cars there can be a sentimental value that you cannot put a price tag on.

BTW - I love these old pictures showing cars of days past. It is so cool to see them as they existed in thier day.
Sad story. I know I am a day late and a dollar short but I disagree with your valuation of 1979 Camaros. The market may be soft, but nicely optioned 1979 Z-28 Camaros with factory 4-speeds are commanding $15k and above. Matter of fact, Camaro magazine rated this year as the next best collectable "muscle car."

Mine is stock spec tech tuned, with a factory 4 speed. The only thing I plan on doing is re-painting, throwing in a hotter cam, and full exhaust: aftermarket equipment that can be easily removed when and if I sell it...
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:27 PM   #13
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My Dad still has his!!

Bought it in 1979...Silver Z28 with the red/orange stripes. 350 V8, 3-speed auto, no A/C, black interior.

I just took it out for a drive last week, in fact...LOVE the exhaust note on it...a deep, in-your-chest kinda rumble. I don't know how much these cars are worth...'cause we don't plan to sell it.

Sadly...the only two pictures I know of from "back in the day" are still in his center storage compartment!!....but they're so faded, all that's left is a pale car beneath a bunch of gray-green...:(

These were taken last year after I spent a few hours cleaning him up:
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:18 AM   #14
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I had a brand new 1979 Z-28 Silver with Red&Orange stripes paid $7K for it back in 1979, I miss that car so much! I wish I could find a silver with blue stripes, But not many made hard to find :(
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:22 AM   #15
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Matter of fact, Camaro magazine rated this year as the next best collectable "muscle car."

i dont know if it is specific to just the 79 year id think 78-81
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:37 PM   #16
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1979 Z/28 Valuation...

If your Z/28 is in original condition, no wrecks, clean throughout and less than 40,000 miles...you should be right around $15-$20K.

This will go up sharply in about 5-7 years and be paralell with the rise in equity of the average home rise across the country. Like all other collectible values...they are all relative to the increase of equity relative to the home values in our country.

The 1969 SS 396 Chevelle...numbers matching 4 spd went for about $15K back around 2002. Since that time, the owners saw an appreciation increase to near $55-$70K!

The Z/28 isn't as rare of a vehicle...but certainly can out corner all of those 1969 Chevelles-NO PROBLEM.

If you're into raw street power and have the opportunity to build one of these beauties...then get yourself a 400 c.i. small block and throw some '66-'68 2.02 Vette heads on it with a cam from Chevy for the 1970 1/2 LT-1. Now you're going to see some rpm's up around 6500 with a very strong power range that spans between 3000-6500. Enjoy. Oh yeah...the carbureator...well that's easy, get yourself a deburred and jetted quadrajet from a 1973 SD-455 Trans Am...as the secondary air valves open at 90 degrees and allow a full 725 cfm.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:08 PM   #17
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Keep an eye on these cars - the market is building for them very quickly now and the prices are going up just as fast. Nice cars are already hard to find now and people who have them are pretty much aware of the fact of the moving market on them.

I was able to score a real 1978 Z-28 factory black car with t-tops & 4 speed. If you see a nice car now - grab it as they are disappearing and the prices are going up.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #18
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i also just bought a 79z28 350/4speed car at a price i couldnt resist gonna be a fun project.in the next 7 years the price of these cars will probably double.so get urs while u can there going up in value by the day as there getting hard to find in decent shape.love the looks of the 78-81,i think there the best looking camaro of all.

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Old 03-26-2012, 03:20 PM   #19
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:27 AM   #20
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sharp car i love the colors,mine will be just the oposite,blue with silver stripes.but the baldwin motion stripes,
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:55 AM   #21
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sharp car i love the colors,mine will be just the oposite,blue with silver stripes.but the baldwin motion stripes,
Speaking of which.... How's it coming?
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:18 PM   #22
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I have the price sticker and the build sheets (I`m the third owner) It was a very loaded Z.Air,cruise, T-tops, power everything.turbo 350 even a 3:42 positraction rear end. It was around $6500.00 New. I`m not sure now .The criteria would be the running condition, modifications, auto or four speed. Four speed cars a harder find that haven`t been beat on.And with 1st gens getting so expensive more people are going to these.Good luck to you.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:08 PM   #23
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I have a 1979 Sport Coupe, The value all depends on the condition and milage on them at this point and the value is only going to increase.. like they say wine gets better as it gets older, same with these.. Right now my camaro is in the middle of a full restoration. It was originally Red on red, when i bought it, it was changed to blue on red so it wasnt the prettiest lol.. Im in the middle of changing it to black leather interior and putting a yellow exterior to it. Anyways back to the point of the fact. Mine is only a sport coupe with about 55,000 miles. 3 Speed auto. Its appraised at $7500 and its not in the best condition. So im figuring a MINT (No body rust, clean frame/firewall/floor, prestigious interior) z28 would probably go for about $15-20xxx.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:43 PM   #24
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I bought my '79 Z-28 new on October 23, 1979. It had 1980 Camaros on each side. Manufactured in August '79, it was one of the last '79s made. It's red with a black sport cloth interior. I wanted a 4 speed at the time, but it's an auto. I fell in love with it when I first saw it. The Z is in my garage about 10' from me as I type this now. Celebrated 34 years of ownership a couple of weeks ago. After driving my '13 most of the time, the '79 seems very low to the ground. The trunk is way lower. I have a photo in my garage if you want to see it. I modded the engine a bit back in the '80s for autocross, but it's mostly still stock. I installed WS-6 swaybars out of wrecked Trans Ams (they were straight!)

I might sell her some day, but this day she's still mine!

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