Monday, February 9, 2015

5k: Cascade Edition: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro

You know what they always say: If you want to sell a car, paint it orange/white and name it after a dish washer detergent -- wait...they don't say that?  What about in Washington/Oregon Chevrolet dealers back in the late 70s?  Yeah, this was actually a thing.  Find this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Cascade Edition offered for $6,950 via memorylaneclassicars located in Portland, Oregon.  Tip from John.

 The second generation Camaro was built from 1970 to 1981 as a refined and better version of the 1st generation it replaced.  It was faster and better until the smog nazis squeezed all the fun out of the engine and time has taken a bite out of the styling...but at least it means they are cheap! 

Information on the Cascade Camaro is limited to some conjecture on various forums, but it seems to be a limited edition graphics package for Oregon/Washington area, this one is #28 of 90 according to a brass plaque glued to the dash.  Don't expect a mountain of performance from the 5.0 liter V8 rated at 125 horsepower and 235 ft-lbs of torque mated to a slushbox.

See another orange creamsicle oddball for less?


  1. How easy is it to double the horsepower in something like this?

    1. Google "Martin Turbo Kit". There is also a feature about the kit in DT'S archives. It would have been the perfect high-altitude power-adder for this edition. Thanks, DT and John. I never knew about this sticker package, and I think it looks great!

  2. This is a great post, DT! I'm sure many DTers will disagree with me, but the recent crop of cars has been really boring. This one is weird, cool and an interesting blip in car history. Just my feedback!

    As far as I can gather, this edition was sold in the US NW as a special decal package. The reference is to the Cascade mountains. Aha! Now you can see the connection!

    I've read that the numbers produced were much higher than this seller claims, but I don't know that for a fact. I'm also guessing that a few industrious folks added it after the fact to make the car seem more interesting. Stickers do make a car go faster. I've been told by smarter folks than me that this special edition does not add any monetary value to the vehicle.

  3. This is a very interesting Camaro. I have never seen one. I love the homemade plaque sloppily glued on.
    It looks very clean for the money.
    As for sloths question the most effective way of fixing the hp problem would be to buy a crate motor. Basically any small block Chevrolet will bolt right up. I would take out the 305, store it, and put in a 350hp zz4 engine.

  4. Thanx DT for posting my sub. I liked how clean this car is and i have lived in the Northwest for over 40 years and never have seen another Camaro in this Edition. With the rise in this era Camaro/ Firebird prices this could be well bought.!
    I say cheap shot of NOS would be away to go for little money and easy install performance boost.

  5. As time has passed, and my memories have faded, I sometimes soften on my abhorrence towards the automotive products of that decade. I even catch myself thinking that the big three's cars weren't so bad as I remember. Then I see a pic like that underhood shot, or any of that plasticky excuse of an interior, and the rose colored glasses get violently smacked off.
    God, they pushed some real crap out the factory doors back then.

  6. No, never heard of this version, but these regional/dealer specials weren't unknown back then.

    This thing looks to be in pretty good shape. Very good shape, even. If second-gen Camaros float your boat. Admittedly the last couple years with the plastic cap was better than the '74-77 with the nasty bumper, but my appreciation for them more or less runs out with the '70-73 model.

    Those 305s were worth, what, 145HP? You can, of course, get anything up to and including a 383 stroked 350, a real 400, or even a late-model 556HP LSA under the hood. You can even do it CA-legally if you're careful. And that blower LSA and its nice tight block-mounted accessories will take about 250lb off the nose relative to the iron 305, the giant Harrison/Delco A6 compressor, and all the other iron cruft hung off that thing.

    Me, I'd rather have a '75 Nova.

    And then there's the guy two blocks from here with an original and slightly rusty genuine '70.5 Z/28 sitting in his driveway, having gone nowhere in the three years I know it's been there.

  7. Ad says it has a 350 engine. That puny plastic intake looks like a mouth gasping for air.

  8. my wife bought hers new it is # 32 it has the 350 in it with the z28 suspension, also strips only no orange hood

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