$12,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1978

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
A51 Bucket Seat
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
QBS 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
U75 Power Antenna
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels

exterior color code
10 Classic White
interior color code
292 Midnight Blue Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Mileage:   66,230 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z87L8S405695
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 in great driver condition with and only 66,230 original miles. This Corvette looks nice, runs well, and is an excellent driver. The car is totally solid with nice lines and no rust issues. The Classic White (10) over Midnight Blue Leather (292) is also a very rare and beautiful color combination that looks great on the car. This is a very attractive and interesting color scheme with the blue interior. These also the correct and original paint and interior colors, verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured below.

The car is absolutely 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, power windows, power antenna, sport mirrors, air conditioning, and the color scheme. 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 1Z87L8S405695 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 last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 5,695th Corvette made for 1978.
Body Build Date B18 "B" corresponds to October, and "18" is the eighteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is October , 1977.
Engine Code V1003 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "10" is the tenth month of year and the "03" is the third day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on October 3, 1977.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CLM This means the motor was intended for a 1978 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission and Federal Emissions, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 405695 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 405695, 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 J 1 7 "J" is October, "1" is the first day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on October 1, 1977. 
Intake Manifold Casting Number 346249 The intake manifold has the correct 346249 casting number for a 1978 L48 Corvette.
Intake Manifold Casting Date I 29 7 "I" is September, "29" is the twenty-ninth day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake manifold was cast on September 29, 1977. 
Carburetor 17058204 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, "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 2017 The firth three digits, "201," indicate the 201st day of the year. The last digit, "7," is the year in which the carburetor was produced, 1977. So this carburetor was stamped on July 20, 1977.
Distributor 1103337 The distributor is original and correct for a 1978 L48 Corvette with a 1103337 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 7J23 The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J" denotes September, and "23" is the twenty=third day of the month meaning the distributor was made on September 23, 1977. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Transmission Casting Date 3-13-78 The "3" is the third month of the year, the "13" is the thirteenth day of the month, and the "78" is 1978 so this transmission main case was cast on March 13, 1978, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.
Transmission VIN Stamping 405695 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 405695, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
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.
Windshield YG "Y" is October and "G" is 197& so the windshield original, made in October of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window IG "I" is June and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in June of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window GG The first "G" is April; and the second "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in April of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window AG "A" is September and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in September of 1977.  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 good driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a nice gloss and 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 Cooper Cobra tires are virtually brand new and correctly sized 255/60R15. As one would expect from a paintjob with this many years on it there are some blemishes and signs of age and paint work 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 and this Corvette has absolutely NO RUST ISSUES. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield, which are the two most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL of the glass on this Corvette, even the windshield, is date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of October 18, 1977 (B18). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


Interior

The Midnight Blue interior in this Corvette is in good original condition. The seats look in person they do in the photos and do show signs of wear from over the years. Please note that these appear to be the original seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The carpet is 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 good with no sun fading. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat, and pictured below. The original spare is still with the car and has never been used. There is a crack in the dash visible in the photos. 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. 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. The transmission shifts well. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, correct, and complete as one can see in the photos. Even the ignition shielding and smog pump are still in place.

The radio works as do all the exterior lights, horn, wipers, power windows, and the blower for the a/c and heat on all speeds. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. The power antenna works as one can see in the video, which is a very common problem on this ear Corvette. The vacuum system for the headlights works great. 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 car now has true dual exhaust with no catalytic converter and a very healthy tone. As with many older carbureted cars, this Corvette is a bit cold blooded. The a/c does not work, but the system is complete and there is a belt on the a/c compressor so it may just need freon. Note enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the-tops out on a beautiful day.


Overall Condition

Overall, this 1978 Corvette is in great driver condition. The originality, the low miles, the beautiful original color combination, and the great overall condition make this car especially important and hard to duplicate. Numbers matching is very important in the Corvette market and in Corvette pricing, and as one can see 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, and transmission casting 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 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/6ucaR6ZzK2k .
 

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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