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 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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
Pace Car Edition made for
Body Build Date
"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.
"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.
This means the motor was intended for an L48
Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
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
The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date
C 6 8
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
The distributor is original and correct
for an L48 with a 1103353 stamping.
Distributor Date Code
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
Carburetor Main Body
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
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
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
The main case of the transmission has a 8640300 casting
number. This is correct for a TH350, which is correct for a
Transmission Casting Date
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
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,
Transmission VIN Stamping
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.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
ten 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.