1977 Chevrolet Camaro

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The disappearance of 2nd-gen F-bodies has been a very slow process, compared to most of the platform's contemporaries. You still see them now and then, but such sightings get a little less common as each passing year sends more '70-'81 Camaros and Firebirds to the cold jaws of The Crusher. This '77 wouldn't have attracted a passing glance in Alameda even five years ago, but now it stands out as a nice original car.

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This car lives in front of the Baptist church in Alameda's pricey East End; is it possible it's an original-owner minister's car? Driven only to church and back?

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In any case, it's in great original condition, about as nice as a street-driven unrestored 30-year-old car can be.

Illustration for article titled 1977 Chevrolet Camaro

I've always thought the 2nd-gen Camaros were pretty good-looking cars (if we overlook the tape-stripe monstrosities of the late 70s, of course).

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The sad thing about these cars is that GM never really got the build-quality thing right, with the F-body hovering somewhere between "execrable" and "shoddy" on the Quality-O-Meter.

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By '77, Malaise Era smog regs had dried up most of the sap under the Camaro's hood; a 110-horse six was standard, with a 145-horse 305 and a 170-horse 350 available as options).

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Illustration for article titled 1977 Chevrolet Camaro

Here in California, you can't even swap a better small-block into your '77 without running into the Kafkaesque world of emissions laws; you need a '75 or older for that.

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In this case, though, a minister probably doesn't need the added sap of a souped-up small-block. However, the priest at the Catholic church around the corner drives a 280ZX, so this Camaro's owner might be in trouble if he gets suckered into an all-reverend drag race.

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MaureenProteus

umm hi that's my car!!! like literally and i'd appreciate it if you took the pics of my plates off the internet. thanks! sorry to disappoint you but it does not belong to the minister of the church. It belongs to a 23 yr old female and I happen to drive it everywhere I need to go. It has been a faithful and wonderful car and someday I plan to repay the favor and restore it.