Seven Hills Motorcars is
Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist anda 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.
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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;"
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.
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.
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
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
Body Build Date
"K" corresponds to July, and "13" is the
thirteenth day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is July 13, 1978.
"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.
This means the motor was intended for an L48
Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
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
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.
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
Intake Manifold Casting Number
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.
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
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
The "B" means the transmission as build in the
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
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.
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.
The Oyster interior in this Corvette looks utterly splendid
and nearly factory new. The original seats are in
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
radio. The radio and speakers are original to the car and
still work properly and sound great; even the 8-Track
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.
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
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
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, 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
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.
thirteen minute video of the car including running, starting, walk
around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway
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.