1979 Camaro Data

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1979 Camaro Production: 21,913 6-cyl, 260,658 V8, 282,571 total.
Dealer Introduction: 9/21/78

Vehicle Identification Example: 1Q87G9N500001
* Second digit is model level: Q = Sport Coupe, Rally Sport and Z28 Coupe, S = Berlinetta
* Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, G = 305ci, L = 350ci
* Sixth digit is model year: 9 = 1979
* Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys.
* Last six digits increased one with each car built at each plant.

Dimensions
Length: 197.6 inchesHeight:49.2 inchesWidth: 74.5 inches Wheelbase: 108.0 inches Weight: 3612

1979 Engines
CIDConfig Bore & StrokeBHP @ RPMTorque @ rpm Comp Carb.
L-22 250* L-6 3.875 x 3.53 90 @ 3600* 175 @ 1600* 8.2:1 1V
L-22 250 L-6 3.875 x 3.53 115 @ 3800 200 @ 1600 8.0:1 1V
LG-3 305* V-8 3.736 x 3.48 125 @ 3200* 235 @ 2000* 8.4:1 2V
LG-3 305 V-8 3.736 x 3.48 130 @ 3200 245 @ 2000 8.4:1 2V
LM-1 350* V-8 4.00 x 3.48 165 @ 3800* 260 @ 2400* 8.2:1 4V
LM-1 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 170 @ 3800 270 @ 2400 8.2:1 4V
Z-28 350* V-8 4.00 x 3.48 170 @ 4000* 265 @ 2400* 8.2:1 4V
Z-28 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 175 @ 4000 270 @ 2400 8.2:1 4V

* denotes California and high-altitude ratings.

Engine Suffix Code
C8B: 305ci, at, uuDNH: 305ci, at DNF: 305ci, uu
C8C: 350ci, at, uu DNK: 305ci, at, ce DRF: 350ci, mt
DKA: 250ci, mtDRC: 350ci, mt DKD: 250ci, at, ce
DKB: 250ci, atDRD: 350ci, uu

Abbreviations:at = automatic transmission, ce = california emission controls, ci = cubic inch, mt = manual transmission, uu = uncertain usage.

1979 Camaro Drivetrains
    L-22 LG-3 LM-1 Z-28
    250 305 350 350
3-and 4 speed 1 3.50:1 2.85:1 2.85:1 2.64:1
manual 2 1.89:1 2.02:1 2.02:1 1.75:1
transmission 3 1.00:1 1.35:1 1.35:1 1.34:1
ratios 4 -- 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
  R 3.62:1 2.85:1 2.85:1 2.55:1
           
Clutch diam., in.   9.12 10.34 10.34 11.0
           
Axle ratios S 2.56:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.73:1
           
    L-22 LG-3 LM-1 Z-28
    250 305 350 350
Turbo Hydramatic 1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1
transmission 2 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1
ratios 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
R 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1
           
Axle ratios S 2.56:1 2.41:1 2.41:1 3.42:1
  E --   3.08:1 --
  p -- -- 3.08:1 --

No manual transmissions availble in Califomia for 1979.

Transmission Codes
Type Plant Code
3-Speed Muncie S
4-Speed (Saginaw) Muncie R
Source Code
Parma THM 350 B
Toledo THM 350 Y
GM of Canada THM 350 J
Buick Motor Division K

Note: Buick code located on governor cover.

Rear Axle Codes
PA 2.73:1   PS 2.41:1 Locking
PC 3.08:1   PT 2.56:1 Locking
PE 3.42:1   PU 2.73:1 Locking
PF 3.73:1   PW 3.08:1 Locking
PH 2.56:1   PY 3.42:1 Locking
PJ 2.41:1   PZ 3.73:1 Locking

1979 Factory Options
RPO DescriptionQty Retail
1FQ87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder 111,357 $4,676.90
1FQ87 Camaro Rally Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder19,101 5,072.90
1FS87 Camaro Berlinetta Coupe, 6-cylinder 67,236 5,395.90
1FQ87 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder 84,877 6,115.35
AK1Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder 128,378 23.00
AN6Adjustable Seat Back, driver side 32,061 23.00
AU3Power Door Locks53,309 86.00
A01Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows247,484 64.00
A02Tinted windshield9,689
A31Power Windows 81,481 132.00
BS1Acoustical Insulation Package
B37Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear 152,931 23.00
B80Molding, roof drip 116,158 24.00
B84Moldings, body side 124,166 43.00
B93Moldings, door edge 96,541 13.00
- Vinyl Roof Cover 5,341 112.00
CC1 Roof Panels, removable glass 33,584 655.00
CD4 Windshield Wipers, intermittent 62,532 38.00
C49 Defogger, rear window 127,171 99.00
C60 Air Conditioning 91,062 562.00
D35 Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior 101,529 43.00
D55 Console 278,407 80.00
D80 Spoiler, rear 53,499 58.00
F41 Suspension, sport 20,714 41.00
G80 Rear Axle, limited slip 38,604 64.00
G92 Rear Axle, performance ratio 2,438 18.00
J50 Power Brakes (included with Z28) 192,505 76.00
K05Engine Block Heater5,528
K30 Speed Control, cruise master 75,013 103.00
LG3 Engine, 305ci, 145hp V8 (135hp in Calif) 138,197 235.00
LM1 Engine, 350ci, 170hp V8 (160hp in Calif) 122,461 360.00
MM4 Transmission, 4-speed wide range 10,796 135.00
MX1 Transmission, automatic 249,012 335.00
M21 Transmission, 4-speed close ratio (Z28 only) 18,987 nc
NA6 Emission Equipment, high altitude 537 35.00
N33 Tilt Steering Column 145,761 75.00
N65 Spare Tire, stowaway 55,871 nc
N90 Wheels, aluminum 57,907 315.00
PE1 Wheels, custom-style 5,559 143.00
P01 Wheel Covers, bright metal 10,431 43.00
QBT Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white letter 48,568 65.00
QDW Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white stripe 133,552 49.00
QEG Tires, E78x14 belted blackwall 1,565 -118.95
QEH Tires, E78x14 belted white stripe 5,618 -71.95
TR9 Lighting, auxiliary 89,014 37.00
UA1 Battery, heavy-duty 41,533 20.00
UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape 6,875 248.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 37,713 335.00
UN3 Radio, AM-FM with stereo cassette 19,195 341.00
UP5 Radio, AM-FM with CB and power antenna 198 489.00
UP6 Radio, AM-FM stereo CB and power antenna 1,355 570.00
UY8 Radio, AM-FM stereo with clock 1,182 395.00
U05 Horns, dual 36,476 9.00
U14 Special Instrumentation 20,015 112.00
U35 Clock 20,995 23.00
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo 37,120 232.00
U63 Radio, AM 61,755 85.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM 30,947 158.00
U75 Antenna, power 14,214 47.00
U76 Antenna, windshield type 71,047 27.00
U80 Speaker, rear seat 22,801 25.00
V01 Radiator, heavy-duty 17,748 33.00
VE1 Spoiler Delete 81
YF5 Emission Equipment, required for California 35,115 83.00
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 86,119 93.00
Z21Style Trim Group116,34073.00
Z54Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package 32,551 64.00

1979 Colors
Paint CodeExteriorQty Vinyl TopInteriors
11 White 35,516 B-Bg-Bk-W B-Bk-C-G-O-T
15 Silver 25,949 BK-S-W Bk-C-O
19 Black 34,115 B-Bg-Bk-S-W B-Bk-C-O-T
22 Light Blue27,449 B-Bk-S-W B-Bk-O
24 Bright Blue20,926 Bk-W B-Bk-O-T
29 Dark Blue36,026 B-Bk-S-W B-Bk-O-T
40 Light Green3,450 BK-G-W Bk-G
44 Medium Green3,894 BK-G-W Bk-G
51Bright Yellow11,875Bk-W BK-O-T
61 Beige11,370 Bk-Bg-W BK-C-T
63 Camel14,052Bk-Bg-W Bk-C
69 Dark Brown22,170 Bg-W BK-O-T
75 Red 15,593 Bk-W Bk-C-O-T
77 Carmine20,185 Bk-C-S-WBk-C-O-T

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 Codes:
12C = O/c/Dlx, 19B = Bk/c/Std, 19C = Bk/c/Dlx, 19N = Bk/v/Dlx, 19R = Bk/v/Std, 24B = B/c/Std, 24C = B/c/Dlx, 24N = B/v/Dlx, 24R = B/v/Std, 44C = G/c/Dlx, 44R = G/v/Std, 62B = T/c/Std, 62C = T/c/Dlx, 62N = T/v/Dlx, 62R = T/v/Std, 74B = C/c/Std, 74C = C/c/Dlx, 74N = C/v/Dlx, 74R = C/v/Std.

Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bg = Beige, Bk = Black, C = Carmine, c = cloth, Dlx = deluxe interior, G = Green, O = Oyster, S = Silver, Std = standard interior, T = Tan, v = vinyl, W = White.

1979 Spotters Guide & New Features
Rally Sport offered as a single model.
Type LT dropped, replaced with Berlinetta model.


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.

1979 Z28 Special Performance Package -
Engine: 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.
Transmission, Clutch, Rear Axle, Brakes, Suspension, Steering, Wheels & Tires: Identical to 1978.
Other Options, equipment, facts: Z-28 graphics changed for 1979, and instrument cluster & dash revised along with other '79 Camaros.
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. 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 - Includes bright upper and lower grille, bright windshield and rear window moldings, dual pin stripe treatment, body color sport mirrors, argent applique on rear panel, specific trim and either polycast wheels (standard) or color-keyed aluminum wheels (optional).

Last updated: 12/29/1997
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