particularly proud to offer this completely numbers matching 1979
Corvette in gorgeous condition
with only 53.500 miles.
This Corvette looks awesome and is a great driver that is ready to
be used and enjoyed. This is an original California "Blue
Plate" car. That fact is important for car's history and
value. It also makes this 1979 Corvette extra desirable.
The plates, with a very unique vanity number "1BALLEN," are still
with the car and pictured below.
Western cars are in general not exposed to the harsh winters and
severe elements that Midwestern and eastern cars can suffer from.
Vintage cars from western states will not have rust and will be
usually cleaner and in nicer condition overall.
Please peruse the list of numbers below and all of the photos to get
a true sense of how correct and clean this Corvette really is.
"The Corvette evolution continues" proclaimed the slogan from the
1979 Corvette sales catalog. 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.
1979 was also the last year to feature bumpers without integrated
spoilers. Some enthusiasts prefer the simple lines and cleaner
look of this body style over the 1980-82 Corvette.
I invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the
car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each
picture. I photographed the Corvette to the greatest extent I
could so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you
have a question about the Corvette, just give me a call.
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.
The first digit, "1," indicates 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, "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
11,994th Corvette made for the 1979 model year.
Body Build Date
"D" corresponds to November, and the 17 is the seventeenth
day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is
November 17, 1978.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "11" is the eleventh month of year, and the "08" is the
eighth day of the month. This means the engine was assembled
on November 08, 1978.
This means the motor was intended for an L82 with an manual
transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
411994, are stamped on the
engine pad 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
J 23 8
"J" is October, "23" is the twenty-third day of the month,
and "8" is 1978 so the engine block was cast on October 23,
1978. Which is correct as it predates the assembly
date of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold is correct for an L82 with a 14007378
The distributor is correct for an L82 with 1103291 stamped
on the housing.
Distributor Date Code
8 K 12
The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "K"
denotes October, and "12" is the twelfth day of the month
meaning the distributor was made on October 12, 1978.
Carburetor Main Body
The carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1979 model
year 350ci L82 Corvette. 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, "1," means it was intended for use in a manual
transmission car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code
The first three digits, "303" indicate the 303rd day of the
year. The last digit, "8" is the year it was produced,
1978. So the carburetor was stamped on October 30,
"C" is November and "J" is 1978 so this window is original,
made in November of 1978.
"I" is June and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made
in June of 1977.
"A" is September and "J" is 1978 so this window is original,
made in September of 1978.
"U" is July and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made
in July of 1978.
information obtained from Alan L. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
"Corvette Light Beige" exterior is in terrific driver condition.
finish has nice gloss and smooth finish.
corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this
car does not. The body on this
car is straight and the panels exhibit good fit. There are
no major imperfections that have been excluded from the photos.
There are some blemishes around the car that were too faint
to show up in photos, but nothing that is really noticeable from
five to ten feet away. The car came equipped with aluminum
wheels, which are in awesome condition with an nice finish and
no curb rash.
This Corvette has absolutely NO rust issues. The
frame is totally solid with no rust in front of the rear tire
and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield.
The Corvette looks just as good
in person as it does in the photos.
Please note that
all of glass on this Corvette is date coded and original
to the car as each piece predates the build date of November 17,
is a good indication that the car has not been in a major
accident and never sustained significant damage.
The Light Beige Leather interior is
also in great condition.
The seats look awesome for the
mileage with no split seams, rips, or excessive wear.
Please note that these are the original genuine leather
seats, not some cheap aftermarket replacements. The
carpet is in nice condition with no rips, holes, or major
This includes the rear carpet which is often neglected.
The door panels are in great shape and unlike many Corvettes
of this age, they fit well and tight to the door.
The aftermarket radio
turns on, but does not play sound.
The original pedal pads are not
excessively worn, and, as one can see from the pictures,
show normal wear for a car with this mileage. Corvette
interiors are not known to wear well and the excellent
condition of this original interior
is a testament
to the meticulous care this car has received throughout it's
life and another great verification of the mileage.
This car has not been
smoked in; there are no burn marks or aroma what so ever.
The t-top bags are also included with the car.
The interior looks just as
good in person as it does in the photos.
This car is
in great driving condition. Everything mechanical on the
car works and it feels great on the road.
The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well.
There is no smoke when starting or driving the car.
The car drives terrifically; it
is tight on the street and at highway speeds. The clutch
feels good and the car shifts great. The brakes do not
pull to one side or the other. This Corvette has plenty of
power and it is very fast with the L82 engine. All of the
interior and exterior lights work. All of the gauges work
besides the fuel gauge and the obvious exception of the clock.
There is sometimes a sporadic and
intermittent squeak that comes and goes. The a/c starts to
work and the compressor clicks on and activates as it should,
however I believe that the system will need a charge.
There is some weeping from the power steering.
The headlights pop up with no binding with both the headlight
switch and the vacuum override switch. Not 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
transmission, and the t-tops out on a nice day.
Overall, this 1979 Corvette is in terrific
condition and remarkably original. Numbers matching is
extremely important in Corvette pricing. The originality,
the gorgeous condition, and the great extent to which the
numbers match make this car especially important and hard to
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 drastically over the past several
Cars like this are the Barrett Jackson
stars of the future.
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.
I am more than
happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in
world. For domestic customers in the United States I can
handle the entire process in-house without the need or added
expense for a shipping broker. Please feel free to contact
me for a shipping quote.