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general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1978

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A51 Bucket Seat
C49 Rear Window Defogger
D35 Sport Mirrors
L82 350ci High Performance V8 Engine
M21 4-Speed Close Ratio Manual Transmission
N37 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
QBS White Letter Tires
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
U75 Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels

exterior color code
10 Classic White
interior color code
722 Medium Red Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette L82
Transmission:   4-Speed (#'s Match)
Mileage:   77,050 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci L82 V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z8748S437731
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 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 excellent driver. 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 pictured below.

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.

 

model description
 


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.

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 1Z8748S437731 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, 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 1978.
Body Build Date L07 "L" corresponds to August, and "07" is the seventh day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is August 7, 1978.
Engine Code V0725 "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.
Suffix Code CMR 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 437731 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 3970010 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 458520 The aluminum intake manifold has the correct 458520 casting number for a 1978 L82 Corvette.
Carburetor 17058211 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 1798 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.
Distributor 1103291 The distributor is original and correct for a 1978 L82 Corvette with a 1103291 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 8D20 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 engine.
Alternator 1102908 The alternator is original and correct for a 1978 Corvette with air conditioning with a 1102908 stamping.
Alternator Date Code 8F22 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 3-8-78 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.
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 casting number.
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 WG 1382 The "W" indicates this is a Borg Warner transmission. The "G" is the seventh month of the year. The "13" is the thirteenth 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 437731 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.
Clutch Housing 464967  The clutch housing has a 464697 casting number.
Exhaust Manifold Casting Number Right 3932461 The right exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461 casting number for a 1978 Corvette.
Exhaust Manifold Casting Number Left 3932461 The left exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461 casting number for a 1978 Corvette.
Driver's Window IJ "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.
Passenger  Window IJ "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.
Rear Window LJ "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.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

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 bottom 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

Please 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 damage.


Interior

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.


Mechanical

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 beautiful day.


Overall Condition

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.

 

vehicle video

 


For a eleven minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/2LJ6GofSO2M .
 

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.

 

warranty

  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.

 



 




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