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1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
To mark the Corvettes 25th Anniversary, some notable improvements were made. The 1978 Corvettes had a new fastback roofline and rear window. These changes enhanced the Corvette's sleek silhouette. The new and improved rear window not only allowed for a cleaner styling profile; it also improved visibility for the driver and added extra luggage space. Inside, there is also room for storage of the removable roof panels. A larger, plastic-lined fuel tank was also a new addition to the '78 Vette. Capacity was boosted from 17 to 24 gallons. The instrument panel was also restyled and featured face-mounted, round, easy to read instruments.
Happy 25th anniversary for this 1978 Corvette! And now it can be yours as it is up for consignment and gracing our hallowed halls in all its Frost Blue anniversary badged glory. A T topper, rear greenhouse glass and an L-48 350ci base engine and a stunning dark blue interior, so let's celebrate the marriage of fiberglass and steel, the Corvette. This Corvette was the owner's pride and joy and garage kept until his passing about 6 months ago. The transmission was rebuilt by an ASE certified mechanic and the car was always maintained. Good condition would describe this car.
Fiberglass bathed in a Frost Blue paint is showing off nicely with just a few dings and scratches on this 'Vette. No chrome, just neoprene crash bumpers at the end of the long, long hood. Hidden headlights, nicely curved front quarters with the "cove", sleek styled doors with their inset top handle, the greenhouse rear glass and rounded rear bumper which is integrated and sports the round Corvette taillights can be seen and enjoyed with your eyes. This model is equipped with removable body colored T tops. Some light scuffing is seen on the passenger's door and the rear of the car has a much more defined shine than the front. This is due to prior paint work to repair scratches and scuffs. 15-inch polished shiny wheels are on all 4 corners, and all wrapped with raised white letter Cooper radials.
High back buckets right out of 1978 and wrapped in dark blue leather make up the passenger and driver's seating. Minor wear to the leather is noted at the edges of these chairs. This is fronted by a clean blue dash with black instrument panels in front of the driver and in the center of the dash. This square design dash has the speedometer, tachometer, as well as a veritable Christmas tree of warning lights. A tilt/telescoping steering wheel column has been added to the options list. A clean dark blue rimmed leather wrapped steering wheel fronts this dash. Door panels also use the dark blue covering in stitched leather. There is a lower dark blue carpeting panel at the bottom of each door giving a background to the armrest and pull. The same dark gray carping floods the floors and is in clean and good condition. Up top, a removable T top is installed and opens the cockpit up to airflow. The rear storage area is also covered in the dark blue carpeting which has slight fading to its presentation. An AM/FM/8 Track player resides in the dashboard and comes with several 8 track cassettes for your listening pleasure.
Under the forward flipping hood is a 350ci L48 V8 numbers matching mill. This engine appears untouched with its blue painted block and valve covers. A block air cleaner housing sits atop a single 4-barrel carburetor to feed it fossils 1968. A numbers matching TH350 3-speed automatic transmission now on back with a 3.08 Positraction rear axle.
Very nicely preserved underneath with smooth floors and a rust-free frame. Only surface rust shows on the frame and suspension components. Independent front suspension with coil springs is on front and for the independent rear suspension there is a frame anchored differential unit with transverse leaf springs. Power disc brakes are seen on all 4 corners and power steering is noted. Newer single exhaust sends spent fossils to the rear of the car and exits as a dual tailpipe and stock style muffler set up. We do note that the driver's rear tire is wet on the inside, this could be from a seeping caliper, but no excessive brake pedal travel was noted during our drive.
I'm in love with the late C3 Corvettes and this car got my juices flowing. I was fresh out of my signature scent, Hai Karate, for this drive but I was in luck as a fresh bottle was found residing in the glovebox. She fired right up and on the test track it performed beautifully. Nice smooth acceleration, smooth shifting and good brakes. It handles like it's on rails and the T top option is a nice feature without having to fuss with a canvas mechanism. All functions were working well during our test driving experience with the exception of the A/C, which our consignor says simply needs to be charged.
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