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 glad to offer this low mileage and
completely numbers matching 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition Corvette
in excellent condition and priced to sell with the L82 engine and
4-Speed close ratio manual transmission. A true Silver Anniversary
Edition L82 with a close ratio 4-Speed is just about the best option
package imaginable for a late C3 Corvette, they are exceptionally
rare and virtually impossible to find. The car is totally
solid with great lines and is rust free. It runs well and drives great. The Corvette is finished
in the beautiful and highly desirable color combination of RPO B27
Silver Anniversary Two Tone over Black Leather interior, which is
the correct and original color combination as verified by the codes
on the trim tag and build sheet, both pictured below. Most Silver
Anniversary Edition Corvettes came with Oyster interior. Black is
much more desirable and rare. This is an excellent opportunity to own a wonderful 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
as the market on C3 Corvette is hot right now and on the rise. The low mileage is supported not only
by the condition, but also the documents included with the car and
the clear Ohio title, pictured
below, showing the mileage as, "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos,
numbers, and video below to get a true sense of how original, correct,
and nice this Corvette really is.
We purchased this Corvette from a gentleman in southern
Ohio. He was a definite Corvette enthusiast with great taste
in cars. In the past we also purchased a 1982 Collector
Edition Corvette with 42,900 miles and a 1978 Pace Car with
23,600 miles from the same owner. It was a beautiful day
when we purchased this Silver Anniversary so I actually
drove the back to our dealership, which was over an hour
drive. During the trip is the car was completely reliable,
operated impeccably with no issues, and was an absolute
pleasure to drive.
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.
Included with the car is a massive amount of original
documentation and history on the car. Most importantly the
original build sheet is included, which is especially
important for this Corvette as it verifies as original the
highly desirable options like the B2Z paint, L82 engine, M21
close ratio transmission, and YJ8 Aluminum wheels. A copy of
the window sticker, the original warranty book, original
owners manual, Goodyear Tire booklet, battery pamphlet,
consumer information booklet, and aluminum wheel
instructions are all still with the car.
are dozens of receipts for maintenance over years. This
Corvette was a Mid America Designs customer calendar winner
and featured in the Mid America calendar in 1998. There are
photos below of the letter from Mid America to the previous
owner informing him of the win and a photo of the calendar
feature, which states that the car had 33,000 miles at the
This Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching" and virtually
every part we checked on the car is correct. We have run the
numbers on hundreds of Corvettes and there are very few that
are so many correct and original components with correct
numbers and dates. The last six digits of the VIN are
stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured below, and the
engine is original to the car. The transmission is also
original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the
main case and pictured below.
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,
4, correct for an L82 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 19,247nd Corvette made for
Body Build Date
"F" corresponds to February, and "07" is the
seventh day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is February 7, 1978.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "01" is the first month of year and the
"19" is the
nineteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
January 19, 1978. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for a 1978 L82
Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 419247, 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 for
a 1978 L82 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date
L 7 7
"L" is December, the first "7" is the
seventh day of the month, and the second
"7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on December 7, 1977, which is correct it
predate the assembly date of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The aluminum intake manifold has the correct 458520 casting number
for a 1978 L82 Corvette.
The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1978
L82 Corvette with a manual transmission and a/c. 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, "1," means is was
built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "1,"
means it was intended for use in a manual transmission car
such as this.
Carburetor Date Code
The firth three digits, "347," indicate the 347th day of the
year. The last digit, "7," is the year in which the
carburetor was produced, 1977. So this carburetor was
stamped on December 13, 1978.
The distributor is original and correct for a 1978 L82 Corvette with a
Distributor Date Code
The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "L"
denotes November, and "5" is the fifth day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on November 5, 1977. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The alternator is original and correct
for a 1978 Corvette with a 1102908 stamping.
Alternator Date Code
The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "M"
denotes December, and the "5" is the fifth day of the
month meaning the alternator was made on December 5, 1977.
Transmission Casting Date
The "9" is the ninth month of the year, the "29"
is the twenty-ninth day of the month, and the "77" is
1977 so this transmission main case was cast on September 29, 1977, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the
Transmission Main Case Casting #
13 04 065 903
The main case of the transmission has the correct
13.04.065.903 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting #
13 04 066 903
The tail housing of the transmission has a 13.04.066.903
Transmission Side Cover Casting #
13 04 097 901
The side cover of the transmission has the correct
13-04-097-901 casting number.
Transmission Date Code
The "W" indicates this is a Borg Warner transmission. The
"A" is the first month of the year. The "5" is the
day of the month. The "8" is the year, 1978. The "2,"
indicates the gear ratio. So this is a close ratio
transmission that was assembled on January 5, 1978.
Transmission VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
419247, are stamped on
the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this
transmission is original to this car.
The bell housing has a 464697 casting number.
"N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original,
made in January of 1978. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
"C" is November and "G" is 1977 so this window is original,
made in November of 1977. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
"C" is November and "G" is 1977 so this window is original,
made in November of 1977. This is correct as it predates
the build date of the car.
"Y" is October and "G" is 1977 so this window is original,
made in October of 1977. 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 and deep shine. Often Corvettes will have
particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not. The
original YJ8 aluminum wheels are in great shape with a brilliant
finish and no curb rash. The Goodyear Eagle GT tires have lots
of tread left and are sized 255/60/15. Both doors open and shut
nicely. There are no major scratches, scrapes, or other
imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the
photos. There may be some small blemishes that were to small to
show up in the photos, but nothing that is really noticeable
from five feet away. There are NO RUST ISSUES
with this car and as one can see in the many photos of the
underside it is very clean underneath. 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 two most
notorious areas for rust on a Corvette of this era.
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 February 7, 1978 (F07).
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.
Black Leather interior of the Corvette is in splendid
condition. The seats are in excellent shape with no
rips, seam splits, or excessive wear. The original carpet is in good
condition with no notable rips or holes. This
includes the rear carpet with is often neglected. All of the
gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are clear. The door
panels are in nice shape and both
door pulls are solid and in tact. Unlike many Corvettes of
this age, the door panels actually fit well and tight to the
door. The dash and console are in excellent condition with no cracks, sun
damage, or fading. The original stereo with CB radio is still
in the car and sounds good. This car has not
been smoked in and there is no cigarette aroma whatsoever.
The original pedal pads are not excessively worn and, as one
can see from the pictures, show normal wear for car with
this mileage. 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
and has never been used. Corvette interiors from this era are not known to wear well
and the amazing condition of this 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 Corvette is in great mechanical condition and it is ready
to be enjoyed. I have personally put over 60 miles on this
Corvette and during that time it has been completely reliable
with no issues at all. 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. There is no
blue smoke when starting or driving the car. The brakes are
responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The shifter
is tight, the transmission does not pop out of gear, and the
clutch feels good.
This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast with the L82
engine. Also, the
engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can
see in the photos.
The wipers work as do all the exterior lights, interior
lights, turn signals, indicators, horn, and blower for the
heater on all speeds. All
of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the
clock. The entire vacuum system for the headlights works
with no binding in the mechanism.
Also, the headlights are slow and go up correctly with either the headlight
switch or vacuum override switch. As one can hear in the video the car has a
very healthy exhaust note from the sidepipes and true
dual exhaust with no
catalytic converter. 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 L82 4-Speed
Silver Anniversary Corvette is in
great condition and an excellent driver.
Special and Anniversary Edition Corvettes always draw a
premium over their standard Corvette counterparts.
The originality, the low miles, the highly desirable
options, the beautiful original color combination, and
the great overall condition make this car especially
important and hard to duplicate. 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 owners. 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.
eleven 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.