1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
19k Original Miles
1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
- Client's Uncle Purchased New
- Purchased from Bob Schmidt Chevrolet of Maumee, Ohio
- 19k Original Miles
- All Original Paint
- Ziebarted When New (Have Receipt)
- Factory Air Conditiong (Upgraded to R134A)
- Power Steering, Power Brakes, Tilt Steering Wheel
- Original Spare Tire, Jack, and GM Tire Inflator
- All Original Documents and Always Garage Kept
- Collector Grade Z28
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“1978: The Ultimate Year for Camaro” – QuartoDrives, January 2018
The Quarto website summarized the runup to the '78 Camaro: “By the time the books closed on the 1977 Camaro, it had set a new record; for the first time in the Camaro's history, it outsold the Ford Mustang. And now that it had topped the Mustang, Chevrolet wanted to keep the momentum up. It did it by releasing a restyled Camaro. In any vehicle's life, a manufacturer will give a model a midcycle freshening, keeping the public's interest alive while developing the next generation. Often, this freshening consists of revised front and rear sheet metal, new interior materials, and a brace of new colors and options. This was the path the Camaro followed for the 1978 model year.”
“The top dog Z28 was rated at 185 horsepower…. This cast-iron powerplant used a hydraulic camshaft, 8.2:1 compression, two-bolt main bearings, and a Rochester four-barrel carburetor. The exhaust system didn't use a muffler, instead depending on a single catalytic converter and a pair of resonators to give the dual exhaust tips a throaty growl. …driving the Z28 returned a quality experience.”
Offered here is a collector-grade 1978 Camaro Z28 in red over black. Owned by the same family since new, the car's odometer now shows a very low 19,951 original miles, just over 400 miles per-year on average. Purchased from Bob Schmidt Chevrolet of Maumee, Ohio on April 4, 1978, and promptly Ziebarted for rust protection, the car remains in superb condition, a true late-Seventies time capsule.
The red exterior paint—an excellent choice on a Z28—is perfectly uniform and glossy, a result of meticulous owner care. Black trim in the grille, hood scoop, rear-window slats, and integrated rear-deck spoiler and fascia is likewise in excellent condition, as are orange stripes surrounding the hood scoop and following the car's lower-body-side lines. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) There is no damage to any sheet-metal panel. All factory “Z28” badging—in the grille, “Camaro” and “Z28” appliques on the front fenders, and a Z28 emblem on the rear fascia—is properly in place. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses are clear and unmarred in any way. Factory 15-inch wheels with red-painted centers and brushed-metal trim are mounted with BFGoodrich® Radial T/A 225/70 raised-white-letter tires.
Inside, black is the color theme. Front high-back bucket and rear 2-person seats are upholstered in black in a classic vertically pleated pattern. Black carpeting covers the floors, including on the exposed drivel-line tunnel. Rubber protective floor mats are in place. Door panels are also black accented with chrome trim and echoing the vertically pleated treatment. Cranks raise and lower the side windows. The stock, black-textured-finish sport steering wheel with center Z28 emblem frames the comprehensive analog instrument cluster (a Z28 trademark) set in textured-metal trim. Gauge markings and indicator needles are crisp and unfaded. Slide-lever controls for the heating, ventilation, and factory air-conditioning are located to the lower left of the tilt steering wheel. The black padded dash incorporates air-conditioning vents at several points. The car is equipped with power steering and power and power brakes. A Pioneer® push-button AM-FM-Cassette unit is mounted in the factory-radio location. The shift lever for the automatic transmission is located on the console (also black).
Under the hood, the 350-cubic-inch V8 is centermost in a completely stock—and completely clean—engine bay. All components –including air conditioning (converted to R134 refrigerant)—are properly mounted. No modifications are noted. Viewed from below, the chassis is free of damage with many surfaces treated with rust-preventative. Very light surface rust is present on some untreated metal. The cat-back dual-exhaust system is a visual focal point.
The Z28's factory-mounted data and identification tags remain mounted. The sale includes a copy of the retail order for the car as well as a host of at-delivery literature.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '78 Z28 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
From its launch as a homologation model for the Trans Am Challenge racing series, the Camaro Z28 has been a performance-based, iconic Camaro offering. In this red, extremely well-maintained, fully documented, one-owner, low-mileage example, its next owner will inherit stewardship of a special automobile. And of course, they'll experience the joy the car's performance delivers out on the road.