$14,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1978

rpo code description
1YZ87/78 Limited Edition Corvette (Pace Car)
A31 Power Windows
A51 Bucket Seat
BY8 Extra Ornamentation
CD4 Pulse Wipers
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
DL6 Pace Car Decals
D34 Vanity Mirror
D35 Sport Mirrors
D75 Air Deflector
D80 Spoilers Front and Rear
D84 Two-Tone Paint
D88 Sport Stripe
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci Engine
M38 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QGR White Letter Tires
T63 Headlamp Warning
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
U69 AM-FM Radio
U26 Engine Compartment Lamp
U41 Low Fuel Indicator
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels
ZX2 Convenience Group
Z78 Limited Edition

exterior color codes
19 Black
47 Silver
interior color code
152 Silver Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette Pace Car
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Mileage:   74,955 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z87L8S900601
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 Corvette Pace Car Edition in beautiful original condition with only 74,955 original miles. This Corvette looks nice, runs well, and is an awesome driver. The Pace Car and special edition Corvettes draw a great premium over their standard Corvette counterparts. 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 in years to come. 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, list of numbers, video, and information below to get a true sense of how nice and clean this Corvette really is.

I have personally put over 25 miles on this Pace Car and during that time is was totally reliable with no issues at all and a pleasure to drive.

This Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching." The last six digits of the VIN are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured below, indicating that this is the original engine that was installed in the car at the factory in St. Louis. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured below. All of the paint and trim codes are also correct for this Corvette.

This Corvette is undeniably verified as an original authentic Pace Car Edition by the special VIN sequence, separate from normal Corvettes of the year. The difference is in the eighth digit of the VIN. Only Pace Cars have a "9" in that position while all other Corvettes have a "4." The car is also verified as a real Pace Car by the trim tag, pictured below, showing the correct 2-tone paint and interior codes, and the original dealer paperwork that is included.

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
 


1978 was a very special year for the third generation Corvette. It not only marked the 25th anniversary for the model, but also the first time that a Corvette made laps at the Indy 500 as an official pace car. 1978 saw the most extensive redesign of the car since the body style was introduced. The new design featured "fastback" rear end styling with a large rear window that drastically increased luggage space. The updates also included a newly designed interior with all new gauges, the addition of an actual glove box, and all new door panels.

To celebrate the Indy 500 Chevrolet built a series of pace car replicas. Chevrolet was extremely proud of the fact that as a pace car the Corvette was the first car to use a completely stock drive train, the first to be built from a one piece fiberglass body and the only pure two seater since before World War II. These pace car replicas had their own Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), separate from the standard Corvette, another first for Corvette. As well as having their own identification, the pace car replicas had their own paint scheme which consisted of a two tone paint with a red stripe and optional decals. The extremely high demand for the pace car continually increased the quantity produced and in the end Chevrolet decided to build one for every Corvette dealer, a total of 6,502.

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 1Z87L8S900601 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 model year, 1978.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The eighth digit, "9," is exclusive to the Pace Car Edition. The last five digits are a sequence number for the Pace Car Editions so this is the 601st Corvette Pace Car Edition made for 1978.
Body Build Date G22 "G" corresponds to March, and the 22 is the twenty-second day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is March 22, 1978.
Engine Code V0313 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 13, 1978.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CUT This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 900601 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 900601, 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.
Engine Block Casting Date C 6 8 "C" is March, "6" is the sixth day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on March 6, 1978.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Distributor 1103353 The distributor is original and correct for an L48 with a 1103353 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 8C1 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "1" is the first day of the month meaning the distributor was made on March 1, 1978. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor Main Body 17058204 The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1978 L48 Corvette with an automatic 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, "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "4," means it was intended for use in an automatic transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 618 The two three digits, "61," indicate the 61st day of the year. The last digit, "8," is the year in which the carburetor was produced, 1978.  So this carburetor was stamped on March 2, 1978.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 346249 The intake manifold has a correct the 346249 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date C 7 8 "C" is March, "7" is the seventh day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake manifold was cast on March 7, 1978.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Transmission Casting Number 8640300 The main case of the transmission has a 8640300 casting number. This is correct for a TH350, which is correct for a 1978 Corvette.
Transmission Casting Date 1-78 23 The "1" is the first month of the year, the "78" is 1978, and the "23" is the twenty-third day of the month meaning the transmission case was cast on January 23, 1978.
Transmission Date Code B8B07N The first "B" means the transmission as build in the Parma plant. The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year. The second "B" is the second month of the year and the "07" is the seventh day of the month. The "N" is the shift in which the transmission was made. This would mean the transmission was made during the night shift in Parma on February 7, 1978.
Transmission VIN Stamping 900601 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 900601, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The two-tone black and silver exterior is in nice driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a great gloss and deep shine. The factory Pace Car Edition aluminum wheels are in excellent condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The Goodyear Eagle tires have plenty of tread left. We believe that the paint on this car is largely original. All of the bonding strips on all four fenders are in still place and visible. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. As one would expect, with the age of the paint there are some small blemishes and checking around the car that was too faint to show up in the photos so we would suggest any perspective buyer view the car in person if possible to get the best idea of what it look like in person. Like many other Corvettes from this era, the fit of the glass to the T-top is could be adjusted. As one can see in the photos of the underside of the car this Corvette is clean underneath. The frame is solid in front of the rear tire and we have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield, which are the two most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette.

 

Interior

The Silver interior of the Corvette, which was an exclusive color for the Pace Car Edition, is in fantastic condition. The seats look virtually brand new with no rips, split seems, or signs of wear. The carpet is also in great condition with no stains, rips, or holes. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The carpet on the door panels is in good shape and not faded. The door panels themselves are in good condition, fit well to the doors, and the door pulls are in tact. There is one small blemish on the left door panel right in front of the door pull. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the gauge lenses are crystal clear. The dash does have some cracks, which are visible in the photos. The jack and jack handle are still present and stowed correctly behind the passenger seat, pictured below, showing the original stickers on the compartment lid. The spare is still with with the car. This Pace Car has never been smoked in, there are no burns marks and no aroma of cigarettes at all.


Mechanical

This Pace Car Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition and it is ready to be enjoyed. As stated above we have put about 25 miles on this car 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 vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos, even the original ignition shielding is in place.

The horn work as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, turn signals, and wipers. The blower works on all speeds. The a/c works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor clicking on and engaging properly in the video below. The entire vacuum system for the headlights works. Also, the headlights go up correctly with either the headlight switch on the dash or vacuum override switch. Their complete operation from both switches can be observed in the video. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. As with many older carbureted cars this Corvette is a bit cold blooded. 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 Pace Car Corvette is in great driver condition. Numbers matching and is extremely important in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very original and correct. The collector and anniversary edition Corvettes have always been even more collectible and desirable than their normal counterparts, which has definitely proven true for the 1978 Pace Car Edition. The Pace Car Edition is probably the most collectible Corvette out of the entire third generation, and by far the most priced and valued of the rubber bumper Corvettes.

The nice original condition, the low original miles, the desirable model, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this car especially important and difficult to duplicate at our asking price. 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. We have done our best to show the cosmetic condition of this car with the extensive volume of photos, however not everything can be picked up by the camera. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased drastically over the past 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 ten 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/kk_DbfhN7PM .
 

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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