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 very proud to offer this numbers matching
1978 L82 Corvette in excellent condition with a close ratio 4-Speed
manual transmission, and low original miles. An L82 with a close
ratio 4-Speed is just about the best
and most desirable option package available for a late C3 Corvette, they are
exceptionally rare and virtually impossible to find. This Corvette looks nice, runs great, and is an
The car is totally solid with nice lines and no rust issues.
The Classic White (10) over Medium Red Leather (282) is also a very
rare and beautiful color combination that looks great on the car.
This is also the correct and original
color scheme, verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is
I have personally put over 20 miles on this Corvette and
during that time it was completely reliable and a pleasure
to drive. It has very late build date and was produced in
August of 1978, the last month of the 1978 model year.
The car is loaded with highly desirable options as one can see in the extensive list of RPO codes above
such as the YJ8 Aluminum wheels,
tilt wheel, sport mirrors, the
color scheme, L82 engine, and Close Ratio 4-Speed manual transmission. The low original mileage is
verified 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
how nice, clean, and original this Corvette really is.
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.
All 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 37,731st Corvette made for
Body Build Date
"L" corresponds to August, and "07" is the
seventh day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is August 7, 1978.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "07" is the seventh month of year and the
"25" is the
twenty-fifth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
July 25, 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 and Federal Emissions, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 437731, 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
G 21 8
"G" is July, "21" is the
twenty-first day of the month, and
"8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on July 21, 1978.
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, "179," indicate the 179th 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 28, 1978.
The distributor is original and correct for a 1978 L82 Corvette with a
Distributor Date Code
The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "D"
denotes April, and "20" is the twentieth day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on April 20, 1978. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The alternator is original and correct
for a 1978 Corvette with air conditioning with a 1102908 stamping.
Alternator Date Code
The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "F"
denotes June, and the "22" is the twenty-second day of the
month meaning the alternator was made on June 28, 1978.
Transmission Casting Date
The "3" is the third month of the year, the "8"
is the eighth day of the month, and the "78" is
1978 so this transmission main case was cast on March 8, 1978, 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
"G" is the seventh month of the year. The "13" 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 July 13, 1978.
Transmission VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
437731, are stamped on
the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this
transmission is original to this car.
The clutch housing has a 464697 casting number.
Exhaust Manifold Casting Number Right
The right exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461 casting
number for a 1978 Corvette.
Exhaust Manifold Casting Number Left
The left exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461 casting
number for a 1978 Corvette.
"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.
"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.
"L" is March and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made
in March 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 Classic White exterior is in
great driver condition. As one
can see in the photos the finish has a nice gloss and deep
shine. Both doors open and shut nicely. The YJ8 aluminum wheels and center caps are in
beautiful condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash.
The Goodyear Eagle tires do show some age, but have about 80% tread left. As
one would expect from a paintjob with this many years on it there
are some blemishes and signs of age in the paint around the car.
It basically looks in person as it does in the photos and as
once can see in the gallery below the paint has some crazing and
other spots. As
one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, the
is very clean. We have included specific photos of the areas
most prone to rust. The frame is totally solid with no rust
around the "key hole."
Window Date Codes
note that almost all of the glass on this Corvette is
date coded and original as each piece predates the car's
body build date of August 7, 1978 (L07). Original
glass is a good indication that this car has had no
major accident history and never sustained significant
The Red interior in this Corvette is in fantastic original condition.
The seats are in excellent shape with no rips, split seams,
or excessive wear. They are not overly worn in the typical
area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The
carpet is also in great condition with no tears or holes. The door panels are in
wonderful shape and, unlike many Corvettes of this age, they fit
well and tight to the door. The dash and console look awesome with no
cracks or sun fading. The jack and jack handle are still with the car,
stored correctly behind the passenger seat, and pictured
below showing the original decals on the compartment lid.
The original spare is still with the car and has never been
used. This Corvette has
never been smoked in; there are no burns marks and no aroma
of cigarettes. Corvette interiors from this era are not
known to wear well
and the excellent condition of this interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and
attention this car has received throughout its life.
This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. I
have personally put about 20 miles on this Corvette and during
that time it was completely reliable with no issues at all. The
car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth.
It drives great and feels nice on the road and at highway
speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating
on the highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the
gears, braking to stoplight, and going through some curves.
Please note that there are no vibrations and the car performs
quite well overall. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to
one side of the other. This shifter is tight, the transmission
does no pop out of gear, and the clutch feels good. This Corvette has plenty of power and is
fast with the L82. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully
clean and detailed as one can see in the photos.
The radio works as do all
the exterior lights, horn, wipers, and the blower
for the heat on all speeds. The vacuum system for the headlights
works great. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception
of the clock. Also, the headlights go up correctly with either
the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There complete
operation form both switches can be viewed in the video below.
The power antenna works as one can see in the video, which is a
very common problem on this ear Corvette.
The windows go up and down, but the left window is a bit stiff.
Note enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to
drive this car, especially with the extra power from
the L82, the 4-Speed manual transmission, and the T-tops out on a
Overall, this 1978 L82 Corvette
4-Speed is in
magnificent driver condition. 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. L82 and 4-Speed models draw a great
premium over the standard Corvettes. Numbers matching is very important in
the Corvette market and in Corvette pricing, especially
for the high performance models and rare examples like this L82
4-Speed. This car is
remarkably correct and original and there are photos
below of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code,
engine assembly date, transmission VIN stamp,
transmission main case casting date, and
transmission assembly date. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention
driving down the road. It is apparent that the vehicle
has been well taken care of by its previous owners. The
prices of C3 Corvettes have increased considerably over
the past several years. They 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.
We are one of the only classic car dealers that is able to offer
you a warranty for purchase on your classic car. There are
warranties available from 1 year to 10 year at prices ranging
from $2,500 to $6,000. Warranty work can be completed at any
licensed repair shop, including your local Chevrolet dealer. As
with all other classic car dealers, unless you decided to
purchase a warranty, all of our vehicles are sold "As-is" with
on warranty expressed or implied. Please contact us if you are
interested in a warranty for your classic vehicle.