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 1979 Corvette in outstanding condition and with only
miles. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an
The car is totally solid with nice lines and absolutely no rust issues.
The Black (19) over Red Leather (722) is a very
rare and beautiful color combination that looks great on the car. This is also the correct an original
color scheme, verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is
The car is loaded with
desirable options as one can see in
the extensive list of RPO codes above such as the N90
Aluminum wheels, tilt wheel,
sport mirrors, air conditioning that blows cold, and the highly
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.
This Corvette is completely number matching. Almost every part we
checked on the car was correct and original, even down to
all the windows, carburetor, starter, and distributor. We
have run the numbers on literally hundreds of C3 Corvettes and
there are very few that are as correct as this one. There
are photos below of the VIN stamp on the engine and
transmission, engine assembly date, and transmission
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.
Corvette evolution continues" announced the slogan from the
1979 Corvette sales catalog. The L48 engine received the
dual-snorkel air intake introduced in 1978 for the optional
L82 V-8, which added 10 horsepower. All Corvettes in 1979
now had the high-back bucket seats introduced on the 1978
limited-edition Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. A higher pivot
point allowed the seat backrest fold more flat and level
with the luggage area floor. which drastically improved
access to the rear storage area.
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,
8, correct for an L48 car. The sixth digit, "9," indicates
the model year, 1979. The "S" is the plant where the car
was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a
sequence number so this is the 20,659th Corvette made for
Body Build Date
"F" corresponds to January, and "26" is the
twenty-sixth day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is January 26, 1979.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "01" is the first month of year and the
"23" is the
twenty-third day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
January 23, 1979. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car. This stamping was hard to read and pictured
This means the motor was intended for a 1979 L48
Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 420659, 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 1979 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date
A 17 9
"A" is January, "17" is the
seventeenth day of the month, and
"9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on January 17, 1979.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
This intake was only used on Corvettes in 1979
Intake Manifold Casting Date
L 6 8
"L" is December, "6" is the sixth day of the month, and "8"
is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake
manifold was cast on December 6, 1978.
The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1979
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, "9," means it was
built for the 1979 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, "6,"
means it was intended for use in an automatic transmission
car such as this. The car currently has a newer carburetor
installed on the car, but the correct original carburetor is
included with the car.
Carburetor Date Code
The firth three digits, "010," indicate the 10th day of the
year. The last digit, "9," is the year in which the
carburetor was produced, 1979. So this carburetor was
stamped on January 10, 1979.
The distributor is original and correct
for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a
1103302 stamping. This distributor was only on Corvettes
with a ZAH suffix code, which this car has.
Distributor Date Code
The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "A"
denotes January, and "3" is the third day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on January 3, 1979. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The starter is original and correct
for a late build 1979 Corvette with an automatic
transmission with a 1109065 stamping.
Starter Date Code
The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "A"
denotes January, and the "11" is the eleventh day of the
month meaning the starter was made on January 11, 1979.
Transmission VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
420659, are stamped on
the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this
transmission is original to this car.
"V" is December and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made
in December of 1978. This is correct as it predates the build
date of the car.
"V" is November and "J" is 1978 so this window is original,
made in November of 1978. This is correct as it predates
the build date of the car.
"V" is December and "J" is 1978 so this window is original,
made in December of 1978. This is correct as it predates
the build date of the car.
"Y" is October and "J" is 1978 so this window is original,
made in October 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 Black exterior is in great driver condition. As one
can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep
shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely as do
the hood and headlights and the car exhibits good body panel fit
overall. The N90 aluminum wheels and center caps are in
stunning condition with a brilliant smooth finish and no curb rash.
The tires have 90% of tread left and are
correct sized 225/70R15. There are no major imperfections that
have been intentionally excluded from the photos below. There
are some small blemishes and touch-ups around the car that may
be too small to show up in the photos, but nothing else
that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. As
one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it
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"
are 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
note that ALL of the glass on this Corvette is
date coded and original as each piece predates the car's
body build date of January 26, 1979 (F26). Original
glass is a good indication that this car has had no
major accident history and never sustained significant
The car looks just as good in person as it does
in the photos.
Red Leather interior in this Corvette is in spectacular
condition. The seats look almost brand new with no rips,
splits, or excessive wear. The carpet is
also in great condition with no stains or holes. This
includes the rear carpet which is often sun faded or
neglected. The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the
lenses are clear. The door panels are in
good shape and, unlike many Corvettes of this age, they fit
well and tight to the door. The door pulls are solid and
intact. 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 and
another great verification of the low original mileage.
The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the
Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and
idle 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 strange noises or vibrations and the car
performs quite well overall. There is no blue smoke when
starting or driving the car. 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 original catalytic
converter are still in place.
The radio works as do all
the exterior lights, horn, indicators, and wipers. All of the gauges work
and even the clock runs. The blower works on
all speeds and the a/c also works and blows
cold. One can observe the a/c compressor clicking on and
engaging properly in the video. The vacuum system for the
headlights works correctly. 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 locks work on the driver's side, but not
on the passenger side. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure
it is to drive this car, especially with the T-tops out on a
The car runs and
drives as well as it looks.
Overall, this 1979 Corvette is in
magnificent driver condition. The originality,
the low miles, the great options, 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. 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, and transmission VIN stamp. 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.
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.
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