Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
There can't be many car guys who haven't lusted for a Corvette at some point in their lives. This great-looking 1980 survivor example is a fantastic way to break into the Corvette hobby for not a lot of money, and you'll probably discover that it's a lot of high-performance fun for your dollar.
You simply can't go wrong with bright white on the fantastic GM fiberglass that makes up a Corvette. This one still wears its original paint, so it's a remarkable survivor that you see fewer and fewer of these days as these cars have recently seen an uptick with collectors looking to do full restorations. Although clearly showing some age now, it can be enjoyed without having to worry about rain or bugs on the finish. By 1980, build quality had improved by leaps and bounds, so you'll find decent gaps, neat-fitting bumper caps, and T-tops that seal up well. With survivors being red-hot with collectors, I don't even think I'd worry about the light discoloration on the bumper caps, and it's important to remember that they seldom matched, even when they were new. With an update in 1978, the fastback profile with aggressive front and rear spoilers is as good as the C3 got, and it's instantly recognizable today. Unlike a lot of Corvettes of this period, this one hasn't been dressed up with aftermarket add-ons, pinstripes, or other nonsense that purists reject; it's just a very clean, original T-top 'Vette.
The beautiful black leather interior is pure 1980s cool and I like the contrast a lot more than plain old tan or in-your-face lipstick red. With a comfortable look that's quite inviting, it's hard to resist sliding into those deep buckets and looking out over that long, dramatic hood. The driver's seat shows wear that's commensurate with the car's age and mileage, while the rest of the interior is very well preserved with only minimal signs of use. Corvettes were loaded with standard equipment in 1980, including A/C, power windows and locks, tilt wheel, and a complete array of gauges that are highly visible and easy to read. An AM/FM/8-track stereo head unit remains the center stack, so make a few trips to garage sales and see if you can outfit it with some disco-era sounds! The A/C blows cold thanks to an R134a refrigerant upgrade, but that's really the only major deviation from original spec.
Dual snorkels on the air cleaner quickly give away that this is an L82 engine, and it is indeed this car's original, numbers-matching powerplant. With 230 horsepower, it was a stout performer in 1980, and even today the solid whack of torque will get your heart racing on the street. It starts quickly and idles easily thanks to a good history of careful maintenance of its components to keep it in top mechanical condition. It's topped by its stock intake manifold and carburetor, but they're invisible and certainly still doing their jobs and delivering the fuel and air needed for the V8 to hammer down its horsepower. The engine bay is clean and well-maintained, and items like the air cleaner lid and valve covers remain in great shape. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply and the brakes do a good job of bringing the whole show to an abrupt stop. The original slotted alloy wheels look great and wear fat 225/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A performance radials.
This car represents a great opportunity to get into the Corvette hobby at an awesome price. Survivors like this 75,736-actual mileage C3 are getting harder and harder to source, will you be the one to own this part of suspended-in-time motoring history? We sure hope so. Call today!
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