1978 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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  • VIN: 1Z8748S417571
  • Stock: 211001
  • Mileage: 51,993
  • Color: Silver/Dark Gray
  • Trans: three-speed automatic
  • Engine: 350 CID V-8
  • Title: Clear
  • Interior: Oyster White leather
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 25th Anniversary 

 • Same local owner for the past 10 years 
 • Twenty-fifth Anniversary model 
 • Highly optioned L82 Silver Anniversary Corvette 
 • 350 CID V-8 engine (code L-82) with Rochester Quadrajet carburetor (Correct GM replacement) 
 • Turbo Hydramatic 350 three-speed automatic transmission and 3.55 gearing with Positraction 
 • Silver (code 13) over Dark Gray exterior (code 07) 
 • Oyster White leather interior (code 122) 
 • Air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, cruise control, tilt steering column, power windows, power locks and T-tops • AM/FM stereo with Citizens’ Band radio 
 • Documentation includes a plethora of invoices and receipts, original owners’ manual, a copy of the owners’ manual, a 25th Anniversary Corvette print advertisement and a Corvette Assembly Manual binder 

Ten years into its run, Chevy’s Corvette received a taillift – its glass back rear end replaced the former flying buttress rear end that had been in place since 1968. It offered better rearward visibility for the driver along with a big increase in cargo space. 

This example, like all Corvettes between 1954 and mid-1981, were made in General Motors’ St. Louis, Missouri factory (VIN code S) in January 1978. Two special editions were offered to celebrate Corvette’s 25th year. Before he retired, Bill Mitchell had suggested a Silver Anniversary model in his favorite color - silver, appropriately enough. The first two-tone paint option offered since 1961, it presented silver (code 13) over a dark gray (code 07) lower body with a separating pinstripe, plus aluminum wheels and dual “sport” outside mirrors as mandatory options. 

The car’s paint and trim are in overall great order. The rear window has an Electro-Clear wire grid, in-glass defroster controlled by a center console switch. The body is straight and solid, the engine bay is in good shape and the cargo area is in good order. The body-colored bumpers fit well to the body. 

This car rolls on BFGoodrich Radial T/As, size 225/60R15. Each tire is mounted on a factory aluminum wheel. The tires are in very good order while the wheels are in excellent condition. 

Under the forward-hinged hood, is a correct GM replacement L-82 V-8 engine (VIN code 4), with Rochester Quadrajet carburetor. The engine is backed by a Turbo Hydramatic 350 three-speed automatic transmission and a 3.55:1 rear end with Positraction which was completely rebuilt at 45k miles. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, cruise control, tilt steering column, power windows, power locks and T-tops. 

Inside is recently restored Oyster White (code 122) leather interior. The bucket seats and carpet are in excellent shape. A three-spoke steering wheel with tilting column is in decent order while the inner door panels and dash look great. There are ancillary gauges in the center stack, just ahead of the HVAC controls. The center console and shift lever echo the condition of the rest of the interior. A factory AM/FM stereo with Citizens’ Band radio completes the interior. 

Nineteen seventy-eight was the Corvette's 25th Anniversary and all ‘78s featured silver anniversary nose and fuel door emblems. A new fastback rear window was the most dramatic and noticeable styling change, giving the 10-year-old bodystyle a fresh lease on life. The fixed-glass fastback benefited both aerodynamics and increased the usable luggage space behind the seats while improving rearward visibility in the bargain. A shade was installed that could be pulled forward to cover the rear compartment to protect cargo and carpet against the unrelenting sun. 

The tachometer and speedometer were redesigned to match the new “aircraft styled” center console and gauge cluster first seen the previous year. Redesigned interior door panels were also new as well as an actual glove box was added in front of the passenger seat, replacing the map pockets of previous years. Available options now included power door locks, a power antenna, dual rear speakers and a CB radio. 

The optional convenience group, introduced the previous year, now included intermittent (delay) wipers, floor mats, and the passenger side vanity mirror was an upgraded illuminated unit. Gone was the chrome-plated ignition shielding over the distributor, replaced with a metal-lined black plastic unit. The single-snorkel air intake used since 1976 was changed to a dual-snorkel set-up on L-82-equipped cars. L-82 engines were also now fitted with an aluminum intake manifold which saved 24 pounds compared to the cast iron unit of previous years. The Corvette converted to metric tires with the P225/70R15 as standard. Wider P255/60R15 tires were available as an option and required fender trimming from the factory for clearance. The fuel tank capacity increased from 17 gallons to 24 on all models. To make room for the larger tank, a smaller (P195/80D15) space saver spare tire was utilized. 

Documentation includes a plethora of invoices and receipts, original owners’ manual, a copy of the owners’ manual, a 25th Anniversary Corvette print advertisement and a Corvette Assembly Manual binder. 

Competition to this Chevrolet in 1978 included the Avanti II, Datsun’s 280Z, Lotus’ Esprit, Mazda’s RX-7, Mercedes-Benz’s 450SLC and Porsche’s 928. 

VIN: 1Z8748S417571 

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 51,993 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt Missouri title. 


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  • Stock Number: 211001
  • VIN Number: 1Z8748S417571
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  • The vehicle is offered with a right to a personal inspection by any bidder or agent of any bidder. The Vehicle is being sold by a Licensed State of Missouri Dealer (Motoexotica Classic Cars).
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