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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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.
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.
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.
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
"E" corresponds to January, and the "20" is the
day of the month meaning this Corvette's build date is
January 20, 1978.
"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.
This means the motor was intended for an L48 with an
automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
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
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
Carburetor Main Body
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
Carburetor Date Code
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,
November and "G" denotes
1977 meaning the driver's side window was made in
July and "G" denotes
1977 meaning the passenger's side
window was made in
December and "G" denotes
1977 meaning the rear window was made in December of
information obtained from Alan L. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
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
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
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, 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.
ten minute video of the car starting, running, a walk
around, underside, and function check please visit:
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.