$12,900

This Corvette is located with our representative in Santa Monica, CA
 

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1979

rpo code description
1YZ87 Base Corvette Sport Coupe
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
L82 350ci 225hp Engine
MM4 4-Speed Manual Transmission
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QBS P225/60R15 White Letter SBR Tires
U58 AM-FM Stereo Radio
U75 Power Antenna

 
exterior color code
59 Corvette Light Beige
interior color code
592 Light Beige Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette Convertible
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   53,500
Engine:   350 ci L82
VIN:   1Z8749S411994
 

 

contact information

Tony Rackley
Santa Monica, CA 90405

sirrackley@hotmail.com

Contact me directly:
310.663.6494
 

vehicle description

 

 

I am 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.

 

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 1Z8749S411994 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 D17 "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.
Engine Code V1108 "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. 
Suffix Code ZBA This means the motor was intended for an L82 with an manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 411994 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 3970010 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 14007378 The intake manifold is correct for an L82 with a 14007378 casting number.
Distributor 1103291 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
 

17059211

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 3038 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, 1978.
Windshield CJ "C" is November and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in November of 1978.
Driver's  Window IG "I" is June and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in June of 1977.
Passenger  Window AJ "A" is September and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in September of 1978.
Rear  Window UJ "U" is July and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in July of 1978.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The "Corvette Light Beige" exterior is in terrific driver condition.  The finish has nice gloss and smooth finish.  Often many 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, 1978.  Original glass is a good indication that the car has not been in a major accident and never sustained significant damage. 

Interior

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 stains.  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.


Mechanical

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
Condition

 

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 duplicate.   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 years.  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.

 

vehicle pictures

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 1979 L82 Corvette
 


 

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worldwide shipping

  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.