1979 Camaro Spotters Guide & New Features
1979 looked to be a fantastic year but teetered on the dumper with the gas crisis and problems with a certain peanut farmer. Despite the uncertaintly the 1979 Camaro set a sales record with 282,582 Camaros produced, including a record 84,877 Z28’s.
Inside the car, the dashboard was redesigned, from the wrap around style used since 1970 to a square style dash. The A/C vents (if equipped) were now part of the instrument cluster bezel. Some neat electronic gizmos were added, including Cassette tapes & CB radios and the required antennas.
The Z28 got a new 3 piece front spoiler that wrapped around the front of the car along with restyled graphics. The Type LT was dropped and replaced with the Berlinetta. Despite all the external problems, the 1979 Camaro featured.
- Redesigned Dashboard & instrument cluster face plate
- Rally Sport offered as a specific model.
- Type LT dropped, replaced with Berlinetta model.
- Record setting sales year, 282,582 units produced
- Electric grid rear window defrost, replaces forced air unit
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1979 Camaro Engine & Drivetrain Info
* denotes California and high-altitude ratings.
Engine Suffix Code
C8B: 305ci, at, uu
C8C: 350ci, at, uu
DNK: 305ci, at, ce
DKD: 250ci, at, ce
DRL: 350ci, at, ce
Abbreviations:at = automatic transmission, ce = california emission controls, ci = cubic inch, mt = manual transmission, uu = uncertain usage.
Engine Code Example: V0427DRL – (350ci – Assembled in Flint assembly plant on April 27)
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1979 Camaro Power Teams
Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bg = Beige, Bk = Black, C = Carmine, G = Green, O = Oyster, S = Silver, T = Tan, W = White.
1979 Vinyl Top Code
11T = White, 15T = Silver Metalic, 19T = Black, 22T = Light Blue, 40T = Pastel Green, 61T = Medium Beige, 79T = Dark Carmine Metallic
Interior Trim Codes:
Code number is color: 12 = Oyster, 19 = Black, 24 = Blue, 44 = Green, 62 = Tan, 74 = Carmine
Suffix letter is trim level. – B = Standard Cloth, C = Custom Cloth, N = Custom vinyl, R = Standard vinyl
Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bk = Black, C = Carmine, G = Green, O = Oyster, T = Tan.
Interior Trim / Seat Type order code, availability & cost
V**2 = vinyl Bucket Seats, (N/A Berlinetta), no charge.
C**2 = Cloth Bucket Seats, (N/A Berlinetta), $23.
Custom Interior: Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting, special insulation, “Berlinetta” type seats, seat trim and door trim. Requires D35 sport mirrors.
X**2 = Custom vinyl Bucket, (no charge w/ Berlinetta), $307.
F**2 = Custom Cloth Bucket, ($23 w/Berlinetta), $330
1979 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics
1979 Z21 Style Trim – Includes body colored insert on door handles; bright roof drip, lock pillar, upper fender, hood panel and belt mouldings plus bright accented parking lights.
Engine: 350 LM-1 V8 with Revised exhaust, carburetion, and ignition timing, dropped horsepower to 175 for 49-States versions and 170 bhp in California. Torque was also slightly lower this year.
1979 Z28 Carburetor (Rochester Quadrajet)
Transmission: 4-speed Borg-Warner T-10, aluminum case, Inland or Hurst shifter, 2.54:1 low (not available in California). Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 optional, mandatory in California.
Clutch: 11 inch diameter.
Rear Axle : Ratios were 3.42 for Turbo Hydra-Matic and 3.73 for 4-speed; no options
Brakes : 11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (unchanged since 1970)
Front Suspension: Spring rates 365 lb./in. Stabilizer 1.2 inch. Identical to and unchanged from 1977.
Rear Suspension: Spring rate 127 lb./in. Rear Stabilizer .55 inch. Identical and unchanged since 1977.
Steering : Power assist, straight 13.02:1 overall. Identical & unchanged since 1977.
Wheels & Tires: 15 x 7 rims, Goodyear GR70-15 steel-belted radials standard. Identical to 1978.
Other Options, equipment, facts: New 3 piece front spoiler added. Z-28 graphics changed for 1979, and instrument cluster & dash revised along with other ’79 Camaros. Headlight bezels and window trim were black anodized, not chrome. Functional “gill” style fender vents, and a non-functional “stinger” style hood scoop continued, along with a simulated Rope wrapped steering wheel, unique to the Z28.
Total Production: 84,887
1979 Z54 Interior Decor/Quiet Sound – Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting; simulated leather accents on instrument cluster; special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation (Standard with Berlinetta)
1979 Rally Sport Model – Two tone paint scheme, includes “upper color” hood, header panel, grill, headlamp bezels, top of fenders, front part of roof, upper portion of doors, rear end panel and license plate opening. Tri-color decal separates upper color from body color. Tri-color rally sport decals on fenders and deck lid. Option D35 sport mirrors, D80 rear spoiler and ZJ7 Rally Wheels were standard.
Not available w/vinyl roof, not combinable with Z28 or Berlinetta model.
Available lower body color choices were: Lt. Blue, Beige, Red, Silver, White & Bright Yellow.
1979 Berlinetta – Included Custom Interior, bright upper and lower grille, bright windshield and rear window moldings, dual pin stripe treatment, body color sport mirrors (D35), argent applique on rear panel, specific trim and either polycast wheels (PE1) or color-keyed aluminum wheels (N90, 14 x 7″) (optional). Amberlite insulation blankets included in doors, rear quarters, roof/sail panels, behind rear seat, under package tray and under carpeting (RPO Z54 interior decor/quiet sound). Option U05 dual horns and U14 Special Instrumentation were also standard equipment.