$11,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1978

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
B2Z Silver Anniversary Paint
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
NA2 Standard Emission System
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QGR P225/70R15 White Letter SBR Tires
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
U58 AM-FM Stereo Radio
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels
ZX2 Convenience Group

  
exterior color code
13U/07M Silver Anniversary Two Tone
interior color code
722 Red Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   25th Anniversary Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   61,052 (Actual)
Engine:   350 ci V8 #'s Match
VIN:   1Z87L8S417301
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 glad to offer this low mileage and completely numbers matching 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition Corvette that is an excellent driver and priced to sell. The car is totally solid and rust free. It runs great and is a blast to drive. The Corvette is finished in the beautiful and highly desirable color combination of RPO B27 Silver Anniversary Two Tone over Red Leather interior, which is the correct and original color combination as verified by the codes on the trim tag, pictured below. Most Anniversary Edition Corvettes have Oyster interior. Red is much more rare, striking, and attractive in my opinion. On the engine pad, pictured below, is correctly stamped the last six digits of the VIN meaning this Corvette is numbers matching. This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Corvette that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal work and effort. The low mileage is supported not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured below, that states the mileage as, "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, numbers, and ten minute video below to get a true sense of how original and correct this Corvette really is.

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, which was only used in 1978 and only for the B27 Corvettes, on the darker lower portion.

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.

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.

 

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.  All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly. 

 

item number description*
VIN 1Z87L8S417301 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 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 17,301st Corvette made in 1978, which places the car's build date in January of 1978.
Body Build Date E20 "E" corresponds to January, and the "20" is the twentieth day of the month meaning this Corvette's build date is January 20, 1978.
Engine Code V0111 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "01" is the first month of year and the "11" is the eleventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on January 11, 1978.
Suffix Code CUT This means the motor was intended for an L48 with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 417301 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 417301, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.  
Engine Block Casting Number 3970010 The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date A 10 8 "A" is January, "10" is the tenth day of the month, and "8" is 1978 so the engine block was cast on January 10, 1978.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor Main Body 17058204 The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 350ci L48 Corvette.  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, "4," means it was intended for use in an automatic car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 2907 The first three digits, "290" indicate the 290th day of the year.  The last digit, "7" is the year it was produced, 1977.  So the carb  was stamped on October 17, 1977.
Driver Window CG "C" denotes November and "G" denotes 1977 meaning the driver's side window was made in November of 1977.
Passenger Window UG "U" denotes July and "G" denotes 1977 meaning the passenger's side window was made in July of 1977.
Rear Window VG "V" denotes December and "G" denotes 1977 meaning the rear window was made in December of 1977.

 *All information obtained from Alan L. 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 good driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a nice 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 are highlighted in the photos and some that were too small to show up, but nothing that is really noticeable from five or ten feet away. The paintjob does show its age in certain areas, which is evident in the photos. The previous owner recently had the original rims refinished so YJ8 aluminum slotted wheels are amazing shape with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. There are NO RUST ISSUES WITH THIS CAR as one can see in the photos of the underside. The frame is totally solid 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.

Window Date Codes

Please note that side glass and rear window on this Corvette are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of January 20, 1978 (E20). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

The Corvette looks just as good in person as it does in the photos

 

Interior

The Red Leather interior of the Corvette is in good condition for being almost all original. The seats look in person just as they do in the photos with some usual wear on the drivers side in the typical area. Please note that these are the touched up original seats, not some cheap aftermarket replacements or covers. The carpet is in great condition with no notable stains, rips, or holes. This includes the rear carpet with is often neglected. The door panels are in okay shape overall, but there are two small tears in the right door panel, which are visible in the photos. Unlike many Corvettes of this age, the door panels actually fit well and tight to the door. The console is in good condition with no cracks, sun damage, or fading. The rear cargo cover operates properly and has no rips or tears. There is one crack in the dash, which is visible in the photos and video. This car has not been smoked in and there is no aroma whatsoever. The original pedal pads are not excessively worn and, as one can see from the pictures, show normal wear for a car with this mileage. The original jack and jack handle are present with the car and stowed correctly, which is pictured below along with the original jack decal on the compartment lid. The T-top storage bags are also included with the car. Corvette interiors are not known to wear well and the good condition of this original interior is a testament to the meticulous care this car has received throughout it's life.

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


Mechanical

This car seems to be in overall good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. The car drives well and is relatively tight on the road and at highway speeds with no vibrations. The transmission shifts smoothly. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. This Corvette has plenty of power and is pretty fast. When started cold the car initially goes into high idle as it should and after a couple minutes properly goes into normal low idle. The car would probably benefit from some general maintenance overall and tune up to smooth out the idle. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos. The horn works as do all the exterior lights, all gauges (even the clock runs), turn signals, wipers, and blower for the heater and a/c on all speeds. The radio works well and even the power antenna works correctly, which is a very common problem on this era Corvette. The vacuum system for the headlights works from both the headlight switch and the vacuum override switch, but occasionally the left light needs a hand up. The a/c appears to be functional and the compress clicks on properly, however it is hard to tell how cold the system is blowing with the extreme low temperatures we are experiencing. There are some items on the car that do not works such as the cruise control. 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.


Overall Condition

 

Overall, this 1978 Corvette is in great condition and would make an excellent driver. Special and Anniversary Edition Corvettes always draw a premium over their standard Corvette counterparts. Matching numbers is very important in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very correct. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased drastically over the past years. This is especially true with the Silver Anniversary Editions in our experience. These cars have been catching up to the '78 Pace Cars in value and many people, myself included, prefer the Anniversary Edition over the Pace Car. 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 by its previous owner. The Silver Anniversary Edition Corvettes are secure and wise investments for a collector. 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 ten minute video of the car starting, running, a walk around, underside, and function check please visit:

http://youtu.be/J5wg9CusOv0 .
 

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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