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general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1978

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
A51 Bucket Seat
B2Z Silver Anniversary Paint
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
NA5 Standard Emission System
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QGR 225/70 R15 White Letter Tires
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
UM2 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with 8 Track
U75 Power Antenna
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels
ZX2 Convenience Group

exterior color codes
13U Silver (Upper)
07M Dark Gray Poly (Lower)
interior color code
122 Oyster Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette 25th Anniversary
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Mileage:   2,515 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z87L8S434517
about the dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am.  Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation.  We do it because we enjoy it.  We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it. 
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468 











vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is extremely proud to offer this amazing 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition Corvette in stunning condition with only 2,515 original miles. This is by far one of the nicest and lowest mileage late C3 Corvettes on the market and truly an investment grade classic. The Corvette is finished in the beautiful and highly desirable color combination of RPO B27 Silver Anniversary Two Tone over Oyster Leather interior, which is the correct and original color combination as verified by the codes on the trim tag, pictured below, as well as the original dealer order form. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come as the market on Silver Anniversary Corvettes is hot right now, and this low mileage example is nearly impossible to duplicate. This Corvette was always stored indoors and has been lovingly cared for its entire life. The low original mileage is verified by not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured below, showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information below to get a true sense of clean, correct, and original this Corvette really is.

This Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching;" virtually every part we could check on the car came back with the correct number and date. This includes all stampings, casting dates, and even very detailed items like all of the glass codes. Some of the most important stampings, like the VIN stamps on the engine block and transmission, are pictured below. Please note that on the underside some the original chalk markings that were put on the car as it went down the assembly line are still present.

Please notice that all 1978 Corvettes wore the "25th Anniversary" badge. However, only certain cars, such as this example, were the actual Silver Anniversary Editions with the Silver Anniversary regular production order (RPO), "B2Z." This is verified by the trim tag that is pictured below showing the paint to be 13 for the bright Silver upper sections and 07 for the Dark Gray lower section, which was only used in 1978 and only for the B2Z Corvettes, on the darker lower portion. The B2Z option is also verified by the original window sticker, which is pictured below.

Included with the car is a great amount of original documentation. The original dealer order form is still with car, which is especially important for this Corvette as it verifies as original the highly desirable options like the B2Z paint and YJ8 Aluminum wheels. The original warranty book, original owners manual, Goodyear Tire booklet, battery pamphlet, consumer information booklet, aluminum wheel instructions, visor information card, T-Top bags, and blower motor information form, which all came with the car when it was sold new, are still with it today.  Also included are the Corvette News Magazine from November 1977 with the Silver Anniversary Corvette on the cover and an original Chevrolet Brochure for the 1978 Anniversary Edition.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.  We hand pick each car after careful inspection.  Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.  We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected.  Please take the time to scrutinize each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

model description
 


Chevrolet marked Corvette's 25th Anniversary in 1978 with the most extensive redesign of the car since the introduction of the C3 body style in 1968. The new Corvette introduced a large fastback style rear window that drastically increased luggage space in the rear compartment behind the seats. The interior of the 1978 was also significantly redesigned. The speedometer and tachometer were redesigned in a more square and vertical mode. A glove box was added on the passenger side to replace the pocket. The door panels were also completely new and included screw on arm rests to replace the molded style that been the standard since 1965. 1978 Corvettes featured special 25th Anniversary emblems specific to that year.

numbers

 


Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled. Most of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 1Z87L8S434517 The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM.  The "Z" is the series, Corvette.  The "87" is the body style, 2-door sport coupe.  The fifth digit is the engine, L, correct for an L48 car.  The sixth digit, "8," indicates the model year, 1978.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 34,517th Corvette made for 1978.
Body Build Date K13 "K" corresponds to July, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is July 13, 1978.
Engine Code V0627 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "06" is the sixth month of year and the "27" is the twenty-seventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on June 27, 1978.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CUT This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 434517 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 434517, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 3970010 The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number, which is correct for a 1978 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date F 19 8 "F" is June, "19" is the nineteenth day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on June 19,1978, which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine. 
Distributor 1103353 The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with a 1103353 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 8 E 5 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "E" denotes May, and "5" is the fifth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on May 5, 1978. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 346249 The intake manifold has the correct 346249 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date F 20 8 "F" is June, "2" is the twentieth day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake manifold was cast on June 20, 1978. 
Carburetor 17058206 The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1978 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, a/c, and late build date. The fourth digit, "5," means the carb was built in the 1976 - 1979 production run. The fifth digit, "8," means it was built for the 1978 model year. The six digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL carb. The seventh digit, "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "6," means it was intended for use in an automatic transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 1668 The firth three digits, "166," indicate the 166th  day of the year. The last digit, "8," is the year in which the carburetor was produced, 1978.  So this carburetor was stamped on June 15, 1978.
Transmission Date Code B8K11D The "B" means the transmission as build in the Parma plant. The "8" is the year, 1978. The "K" is the seventh month of the year and the "11" is the eleventh day of the month. The "D" is the shift in which the transmission was made. This would mean the transmission was made during the day shift in Parma on July 11, 1978.
Transmission VIN Stamp 434517 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 434517, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Starter 1109065 The starter is original and correct for a late build automatic Corvette with a 1109065 stamping.
Starter Date Code 8 F 9 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "F" denotes June, and "9" is the ninth day of the month meaning the starter was made on June 9, 1978.
Windshield IJ "I" is June and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in June of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window IJ "I" is June and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in June of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window GJ "G" is April and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in April of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear  Window XJ "X" is February and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in February of 1978.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Two Tone Silver (13) and Charcoal (07) exterior is in excellent driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Often Corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not. There are no major scratches, scrapes, or other imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some small blemishes that were too tiny to show up, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five feet away. The original YJ8 aluminum wheels are in great shape with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The Goodyear Eagle ST tires have great tread left and are correctly sized 225/70R15. As one would expect from a Corvette with such low mileage there are absolutely NO RUST ISSUES WITH THIS CAR as one can see in the many photos of the underside. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and there are no signs of corrosion around the windshield, which are the 2 most notorious areas for rust on a Corvette of this era.

The T-Top bags are also included with the car.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL of the glass on this Corvette, both side windows, the rear window, and even the windshield are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of July 13, 1978 (K13). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

The car looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Interior

The Oyster interior in this Corvette looks utterly splendid and nearly factory new. The original seats are in spectacular condition. They look just as good in person as they do in the photos with no holes, cracks, or split seams. Please note that these are the original leather seats with the original material, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The carpet in the car is also in "like new" condition with no stains, rips, or holes. This includes the rear carpet. The center console components look amazing and are in excellent condition. Even the glove box light works. The original AM/FM 8-Track player is still in the car and most importantly the dash has never been modified for an aftermarket radio. The radio and speakers are original to the car and still work properly and sound great; even the 8-Track cassette player still works. All of the gauge lenses are crisp, clear, and show no wear at all. The original door panels look excellent with no cracks or splits, and both door pulls are solid and in tact. Please note that both seat belts operate and retract properly. This is a common problem and a small, but very important, detail most buyers do not think to check. The seat belts themselves are correct, original, and still have the tags showing the date and belt information.

This is one of the best original interiors we have ever seen in a 1978 Corvette and is a true study of how these cars looked from the factory. The jack and jack handle are still present with the car and stowed correctly behind the passenger seat, pictured below showing the original stickers on the compartment lid. The original spare is still with the car; it has never been used and still has the nubs on it. This car has never been smoked in; there are no burn marks and no aroma of cigarettes what so ever. Even very detailed items that are always broken or shabby are in great shape this car; items like the finger pulls for the rear storage compartments and the fit of the center gauge cluster down to the shift console and side trim. These Corvette interiors are not known to wear well, especially a light color like Oyster, and the magnificent condition of this original interior is a testament to the meticulous care and attention this care has received throughout its life.

The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This Corvette is in great mechanical condition and it is ready to be enjoyed. The original numbers matching engine is in great running condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. It drives terrifically and it is smooth on the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, braking to stoplight, going through some curves, and shifting through all the gears. Please note that there are no strange noises or vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. The brakes were just serviced. They are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. When started cold, as it was in the video, the car initially goes into high idle as it should and after a couple minutes properly goes into normal low idle. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos. All of the correct decals and ignition shielding is still in place. The horn works as do all the exterior lights, all gauges (with the obvious exception of the clock), cruise control, turn signals, wipers, and blower for the heater and a/c on all speeds. The a/c on this Corvette works and blows cold as it was just serviced. One can observe the a/c compressor engaging properly and turning on in the video below. The entire vacuum system for the headlights works correctly with no effort or binding in the mechanism. Also, the headlights go up correctly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. Their complete operation from both switches can be observed in the video below. The antenna now goes up and down manually. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with T-tops out on a beautiful day.

The car runs and drives just as great as it looks.


Overall Condition

Overall, this 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition Corvette is in excellent condition. Numbers matching and originality is extremely important in Corvette pricing and as one can see it does not get much better or more correct than this Corvette. Cars like this will become more rare and important as time goes by. It is a great value and we have it priced to sell. In our experience the Special and Anniversary Edition Corvettes always draw a premium over their standard Corvette counterparts.

The wonderful condition, extensive documentation, and the extremely low miles make this car especially important and virtually impossible to duplicate. You will easily find many 1978 Pace Car Corvettes with low miles, but it is exceptionally rare to find an Anniversary Edition with such low mileage. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is very apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of. The value of the late C3 Corvettes has gone up exponentially in recent years, this is especially true for premium examples like this car. They are secure and wise investments for a collector. Cars like this are the Barrett Jackson stars of the future. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

 

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle video

 


For a thirteen minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/HWLdyQ96AZ0 .
 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped across the country or even across the world to their new owners.  Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping process and glad to help our customers with it.  We are more than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in world.  For our domestic customers in the United States we can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added expense for a shipping broker.  Please feel free to contact us for a shipping quote.

 

 



 

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