$28,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1978

rpo code description
1FS87 Camaro, Type LT Coupe, 8 Cylinder
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows
A31 Electric Windows
BS1 Insulation Package
B80 Roof Drip Molding
B84 Body Side Molding
B93 Door Edge Molding
C50 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
D55 Front Console
D80 Rear Spoiler
GU1 2.41 Axle Ratio
J50 Power Brakes
K76 Alternator 61 Amp
LG3 Engine 305ci V8
M38 Automatic Transmission
NA2 Federal Emissions
N65 Space Saver Spare
QBT FR78-14 White Letter Tires
TGA Tint with Antenna
UM2 AM/FM Stereo Radio with 8 Track
U05 Dual Horn
U27 Glove Box Lamp
U35 Electric Clock
U76 Windshield Antenna
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels
11P Aluminum White Wheels
Z54 Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package
74N Carmine Vinyl
74X Carmine Mix
11L Paint White
2DR Deluxe Camaro
6CR LF Spring
7CR RF Spring
8PC LR Spring
9PC RR Spring

  
exterior color code
11 White
interior color code
74N Carmine Vinyl Type LT

 

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Camaro Type LT
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Mileage:   291 (Actual)
Engine:   V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1S87U8N583617
about the dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio. With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics. There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am. Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation. We do it because we enjoy it. We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us. We do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it.
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vehicle description

 

 

It is hard to convey in pictures and words how truly exceptional this car really is. Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this all numbers matching, unbelievably original, and documented 1978 Camaro Type LT with ONLY 291 ORIGINAL MILES and only one registered owner since new. This is by far one of the nicest and best Camaros on the market and an investment grade car; it is truly a museum quality time capsule. The market on ultra-low mileage classics is red hot right now and this example is priced to sell. Very low mileage and original examples of the second generation Camaros are nearly impossible to find and draw a huge premium. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the current Ohio title, pictured below, showing the mileage as "Actual."

This Type LT looks outstanding and runs great. Every option on the car works including the power windows, rear window defogger, and the air conditioning. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come. This Camaro is finished in the beautiful and desirable color combination of White (11) with Carmine Red Type LT interior (74B). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified on the trim tag and build sheet. Please peruse all of the photos, video, numbers, and other information below to get a true sense of clean, original, and spectacular this Camaro really is.

There is a wealth of original documentation that comes with this Camaro. Most importantly to verify all of the highly sought-after and rare options, the original build sheet is include with the car and pictured below. We personally found this build sheet still under the back seat after we purchased the car. Also included is a color copy of the first and original Pennsylvania title from 1978 in the original owner's name, the original owners manual, a thank you letter from the dealership to the original owner for his purchase of the car, the 1978 Chevrolet Maintenance booklet, and the 1978 Chevrolet Consumer Information booklet, SteelShield receipt from 1978, Uniroyal tire booklet, space saver spare pamphlet, and warranty information booklet showing the original owners name.

This Camaro is completely numbers matching, literally every part we could check on the car came back with the correct number and date. This includes all stampings, casting dates, and even items like alternator, starters, and all of the glass. The most important stamping is on the engine block. The last six digits of the VIN, 583617, are stamped on the engine block and pictured below indicating that this is the original engine that was installed in the car brand new at the factory. The transmission is correct and original as well with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the case and pictured below. All of the paint and trim codes are also correct for this Type LT.

As a side note, this Type LT is not a dealer auction vehicle.  We hand pick each car after careful inspection.  Our classics come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.  We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected.  Please take the time to scrutinize each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a question about the Chevrolet, just give us a call.

   

 

numbers

 


Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled. All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 1S87U8N583617 The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM. The "S" is the model level, Type LT. The "87" is the body style, 2-door sport coupe. The fifth digit is the engine, U, correct for a 305ci V8 Camaro. The sixth digit, "8," indicates the model year, 1978. The "N" is the plant where the car was produced, Norwood, OH. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 83,617th Camaro made in Norwood for 1978.
Body Build Date 04A "04" corresponds to the fourth month of the year and the "A" is the first week of the month meaning this Camaro's body build date is the first week of April 1978.
Engine Code F0327 "F" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "27" is the twenty-seventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 27, 1978.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CEM This means the motor was intended for am 305ci Camaro with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 583617 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 583617, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.  
Engine Block Casting Number 460776 The engine block has the correct 460776 casting number for a 1978 Camaro.
Engine Block Casting Date B 11 8 "B" is February, "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on February 11, 1978.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor 17058114 The "170" means the carb was produced after 1976. The fourth digit, "5," means the carb was built during the 1976-1979 production run. The fifth digit, "8," means it was built for the 1978 model year. The six digit, "1," indicates that it is a 2BBL carb. The seventh digit, "1," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "4," means it was intended for use in an automatic transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 0668 The "066" is the 66th day of the year and the last "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the carburetor was made on March 7, 1978.
Transmission Date Code J8P16D The "J" is a code indicating the plant where the transmission was produced. The "8" is the last digit of the model year. The "P" denotes September. The "16" is the sixteenth day of the month, and the "D" is the shift in which is was made. This mean the transmission was produced on September 16, 1977 during the day shift.
Transmission VIN Stamping 583617 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 583617, are stamped on the transmission case meaning this transmission is original to this car.  
Intake Manifold Casting Number 346260 The intake has the correct 346260 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date L 14 7 "L" is December, "14" is the fourteenth day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake was cast on December 14, 1977.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Distributor 1103282 The distributor is original and correct with a 1103282 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 8C10 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on March 10, 1978. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Rear End Casting Number 1254333 The rear end block has the correct 1254333 casting number for a 1978 Camaro.
Rear End Casting Date C 11 8 "C" is March, "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the rear end was cast on March 11, 1978.
Rear Axle Code PJ This code indicates the rear axle has a 2.41:1 axle ratio.
Alternator 1102480 The alternator is original and correct with a 1102480 stamping.
Alternator Date Code 8D3 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "D" denotes April, and "3" is the third day of the month meaning the alternator was made on April 3, 1978.
Starter 1109064 The starter is original and correct with a 1109064 stamping.
Starter Date Code 8C30 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "30" is the thirtieth day of the month meaning the starter was made on March 30, 1978.
Windshield LJ The "L" is March and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in March of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window XJ The "X" is February and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in February of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger Window XJ The "X" is February and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in February of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window LJ The "L" is March and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in March of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

 *Some information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Camaro White Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Classic White exterior is in gorgeous condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has dazzling gloss, deep shine, and smooth glass-like finish. Both doors open and shut nicely and do not sag. Often many Camaros will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not. The underside of the front end, which is a very fragile and venerable area of the car, is in good condition as evidenced by the photos. There are no major scratches, scrapes, or other imperfections that have been excluded from the photos. As one would expect from a paintjob with this much age there are a few signs or wear from the past 38 years such as the little trim pieces between the rear bumper and body, there are specific photos of both sides below. We have owned many Camaros from this era and this is common to all examples of this body style, regardless off mileage or wear. The original YJ8 aluminum turbine wheels are in great condition with a brilliant finish and absolutely no curb rash. The tires are the original FR78 Uniroyals from 1978. The trunk is remarkably clean and original. It is totally complete and fully detailed with space saver spare tire, inflator canister, jack, jack base, and original trunk mat.

As one would expect, this Camaro has absolutely NO rust issues. It has been well cared for and stored indoors, it was also rust-proofed when new. We have also included specific photos of the spring perch, lower front and rear quarters, and other areas on the car most prone to rust to show how clean and original this car is top and bottom.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL the glass on this car, the door glass, rear glass, and even windshield are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of this first week of April, 1978 (04A).

The Camaro looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.

 

Interior

The Carmine Red Type LT interior in this Camaro looks utterly splendid and factory new. The original seats are in spectacular condition. They look just as good in person as they do in the photos with no holes, cracks, split seams, or wear. Please note that these are the original vinyl seats with the original material, not aftermarket covers or replacements. The carpet in the car is also in "like new" condition with no stains, rips, or holes. The dash and center console are in excellent condition with no cracks, fading, or sun damage. Even the glove box light works. The original AM/FM 8-Track player is still in the car and most importantly the dash has never been modified for an aftermarket radio. The radio and speakers are original to the car and still work properly and sound great; even the 8-Track cassette player still works and is shown playing in the video below. All of the gauge lenses are crisp, clear, and show no wear at all. The original door panels look excellent with no cracks or splits, and both door pulls are solid and in tact. The headliner is in great shape with no holes or stains and no sagging. The original package tray and rear grills look great with no warping, fading, or sun damage. The original and correct floor mats, which are pictured below, are almost impossible to find in this excellent original condition. Please note that both seat belts operate and retract properly. This is a common problem and a small, but very important, detail most buyers do not think to check. The seat belts themselves are correct, original, and still have the tags showing the date and belt information.

This is one of the best original interiors we have ever seen in a 1978 Camaro and is a true study of how these cars looked from the factory. This car has never been smoked in; there are no burn marks and no aroma of cigarettes what so ever. These F-Body interiors are not known to wear well, and the magnificent condition of this all original interior is a testament to the meticulous care and attention this care has received throughout its life.

This Type LT interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This Camaro is in great mechanical condition and everything on the car works. The original numbers matching engine is in great running condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. It drives terrifically and it is smooth on the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can observe the car driving around our neighborhood. One can see the car braking, accelerating, shifting through all the gears. Please note that there are no strange noises or vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The car runs cool and does not overheat. The video also shows all of the options, lights, and all items on the car functioning. We did not want to put too many miles on the car. We purchased it with 285 miles and have put 6 miles on it and it drover great with issues at all.

The engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos. All of the correct decals are still in place.  All of the ignition shielding is still on the car and even all of the small vacuum lines in the engine compartment are routed correctly and still feature the correct and original colored striped and coding.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, indicators, turn signals, rear window defogger, wipers, power windows, all gauges (with the obvious exception of the clock), and blower for the heater and a/c on all speeds. The a/c works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor engaging properly and turning on in the video below. For the purpose of showing or judging the original tires should definitely be on the car. The tires should not be used at high speed simply due to their age. They have plenty of tread left and only 291 miles of use, but the rubber in any tire after 38 years should not be trusted at high speeds. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car.

The Camaro runs and drives as well as it looks.


Overall Condition

 

Overall, this 1978 Type LT Camaro is in excellent survivor condition and a true museum piece. It is a great value and we have it priced to sell. We do not normally talk-up the cars as much as we have with this Camaro, but it is truly one of the nicest F-Body's we have seen. The fantastic condition and extremely low miles makes this Camaro nearly impossible to duplicate. The value of these second generation cars has gone up exponentially in recent years. They are all solid investments for a collector or the average enthusiast. Cars like this are the Barrett Jackson stars of the future. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

Other sellers are not taking the time to show the car is in such great detail to give you all of the other numbers. Numbers matching is extremely important in Chevrolet pricing and will become even more important as time passes and this car becomes older and even more rare and desirable. This information is very valuable and important for pricing. Any perspective buyer, for any of our vehicles or from other sellers, should ask for all the numbers and information before he or she makes a purchase.

 

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle video

 


For a fifteen minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/PnbweuAHilM .

 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped across the country or even across the world to their new owners.  Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping process and glad to help our customers with it.  We are more than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in world.  For our domestic customers in the United States we can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added expense for a shipping broker.  Please feel free to contact us for a shipping quote. While we are more than happy to assist with shipping of the car, we are not responsible for the shipping of the extra engine block.

 

warranty

  We are one of the only classic car dealers that is able to offer you a warranty for purchase on your classic car. There are warranties available from 1 year to 10 year at prices ranging from $2,500 to $6,000. Warranty work can be completed at any licensed repair shop, including your local Chevrolet dealer. As with all other classic car dealers, unless you decided to purchase a warranty, all of our vehicles are sold "As-is" with on warranty express or implied. Please contact us if you are interested in a warranty for your classic vehicle.

 

 



 




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