$16,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1979

rpo code description
1YZ87  Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
A51 Bucket Seat
B32 Floor Mat
CD4 Pulse Windshield Wiper
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
C94 Delay Dome Lamp
D18 Speedo Gear
D34 Vanity Mirror
D35 Sport Mirrors
GS4 3.70 Axle Ratio
L82 High Performance V8 Engine
M21 4-Speed Close Ratio Transmission
NA5 Standard Emissions
N37 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QBS 225-60R15 White Letter Tires
T63 Headlamp Warning
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
UP8 Radio Prov
U26 Lamp, Engine Compartment
U41 Low Fuel Indicator
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
VK3 License Plate Mount
ZX2 Convenience Package
59I Doeskin Interior
592 Doeskin Leather
6AJ Front Spring LH
67L Dark Brown Lower
67U Dark Brown Upper
7AJ Front Spring RH

 
exterior color code
82 Corvette Dark Brown
interior color code
592 Doeskin Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette L82
Transmission:   4-Speed (#'s Match)
Odometer:   21,365 (Actual)
Engine:   350 ci L82 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z8749S453283
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.  We 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 completely numbers matching 1979 L82 Corvette in absolutely spectacular condition with the 4-Speed close ratio manual transmission and only 21,365 original miles. It is difficult to convey in words and photos have truly great this car really is. It is exceptionally rare to find an L82 model with a manual transmission, let alone an example with such low miles and in such amazing original condition. This car is by far one of the nicest 1979 Corvettes on the market and truly an investment grade C3. The car looks beautiful, runs great, and drives awesome. Everything on the car works including the a/c. The C3 Corvettes been steadily increasing in value for the past few years and is an excellent investment. This Corvette would be an excellent candidate for a Survivor or Bloomington Gold award.

The car in finished in the beautiful and highly desirable color combination of Hilton Brown Metallic (67) over Doeskin Leather (592). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag and the original build sheet both pictured below. Please peruse all of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information below to get a true sense of clean, correct, and excellent this Corvette really is.

There is a wealth of original documentation that comes with this L82 Corvette. Most importantly the original build sheet in excellent legible condition is included with the car, which verifies all of the rare and important options. Also included is the "dealer copy," which also verifies the options, a portion of the original window sticker, the original owner's manual, warranty booklet showing the original owner's name, tire pamphlet, 1979 Chevrolet Consumer Information booklet, GM continuous Protection Plan, new vehicle inspection sheet from October 1979, and an original 1979 Corvette brochure from GM.

An appraisal from 1990 shows that the car had 14,140 miles at the time. There is also a copy of a previous title and an odometer statement from 1994 showing that the car has 16,674 miles at that time, which are more great verifications of the low original mileage. There are oil change stickers included with the car showing that in January of 1981 the car had 3.106 miles and in January of 1982 the car had 7,583 miles.

In additional to all the the great original paperwork and documentation there are dozens of receipts for maintenance over the years which are pictured below. These receipts total over $5,000.

This Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching" and literally every part we checked on the car is correct with the proper part numbers and appropriate date codes. We have run the numbers on hundreds of Corvettes and there are very few that are so correct and original. Even very detailed parts like the starter, alternator, and even the date codes on all the windows are correct. The last six digits of the VIN are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured below, and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured below. This Corvette is verified as an original and correct L82 model by the fifth digit of the VIN. This car has an "4" in the fifth digit indicating it is an L82 while a base L48 has an "8" in that spot.

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 cars 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

 


The 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..

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 1Z8749S453283 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, 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 53,283rd Corvette made for 1979.
Body Build Date N24 "N" corresponds to September, and "24" is the twenty-fourth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 24, 1979.
Engine Code V0914 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "09" is the ninth month of year and the "14" is the fourteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on September 14, 1979. 
Suffix Code ZBA This means the motor was intended for an L82 with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 453283 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 453283, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.  
Engine Block Casting Number 14016379 The engine block has the correct 14016379 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date H 11 9 "H" is August, the "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and the "9" indicates the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on August 11, 1979, which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine. This code was very hard to make out, but appears to show "H 11 9."
Intake Manifold Casting Number 458520 The aluminum intake manifold is correct for a 1979 L82 with a 458520 casting number.
Distributor 1110291 The distributor is correct for an L82 model with 1110291 stamped on the housing.
Distributor Date Code 9F11 The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "F" denotes June, and "11" is the eleventh day of the month meaning the distributor was made on June 11, 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build dates of the engine.
Carburetor 17059211  The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 1979 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, "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 1299 The "129" is the 129th day of the year. The "9" is the year, 1979. This mean that the carburetor was made on May 9, 1979.
Transmission Casting Date 5.25.79 The "5" is the fifth month of the year, the "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month, and the "79" is 1979 so this transmission main case was cast on May 25, 1979, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.
Transmission Main Case Casting # 13 04 065 903 The main case of the transmission has the correct 13.04.065.903 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting # 13-04-066-905 The tail housing of the transmission has a 13-04-066-905 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting # 13-04-097-901 The side cover of the transmission has the correct 13-04-097-901 casting number.
Transmission Date Code WG 992 The "W" indicates this is a Borg Warner transmission. The "G" is the seventh month of the year. The first "9" is the ninth day of the month. The second "9" is the year, 1979. The "2," indicates the gear ratio. So this is a close ratio transmission that was assembled on July 9, 1979.
Transmission VIN Stamp 453283 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 453283, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Bell Housing Casting Number 464967 The bell housing has a 464697 casting number.
Bell Housing Casting Date 4 79 The "4" is the fourth month of the year and the "79" is 1979 so the bell housing was cast in April of 1979.
Rear Differential OJ 162 W E1 The "OJ" is a code that indicates a 3.70:1 axle ratio, the "162" is the 162nd day of the year, the "W" is the plant where the rear end was made, the "E" is the source of the positraction, and the "1" is the shift in which it was made. So the rear end was made on June 11, 1979 in Warren, MI during the first shift.
Alternator 1102908 The alternator has the correct 1102908 number for a 1979 Corvette with air conditioning.
Alternator Date Code 9C20 The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "20" is the twentieth day of the month meaning the alternator was made on March 20, 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build dates of the engine.
Starter 1109067 The starter has the correct 1109067 number for a 1979 Corvette with a manual transmission.
Starter Date Code 9G22 The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "G" denotes July, and "22" is the twenty-second day of the month meaning the starter was made on July 22, 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build dates of the engine.
Windshield UA "U" is July and "A" is 1979 so the windshield is original, made in July of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver Window UA "U" is July and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in July of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window TA "T" is August and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in August of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear  Window AA The first "A" is September and the second "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in September of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Hilton Brown Metallic exterior is in gorgeous driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has dazzling gloss, deep shine, and smooth glass-like finish. Both doors open and shut nicely and fit well, as do the hood and headlights. Both bumpers have not shrunken and also fit well to the car. Often many Corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not. The underside of the front end, which is a very fragile and venerable area of the car, is in good condition as evidenced by the photos. The N90 aluminum wheels are in great condition with no curb rash. The tires are literally brand new with less than 10 miles on them and they are sized 225/70R15. There are no major scratches, scrapes, or other imperfections that have been excluded from the photos. As one would be expect with any paintjob that has this many years on it there may be some very small blemishes that are too faint to show up in photos, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. This Corvette has absolutely NO rust issues. As one can see in the many photos of the underside this Corvette is very clean underneath. We have included specific photos of the areas on the frame most prone to rust to show how clean it is.

Window Date Codes

Please ALL of the glass on this car is original, the side glass, rear window, and even the windshield on this car is date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of the fourth week in September 24, 1979 (N24). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no accident history and never sustained damage.

The Corvette looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.

 

Interior

The Doeskin Leather interior of the Corvette is in amazing condition. The seats look just in person as they do in the photos with no split seams, tears, or excessive wear. Please note that these are the original seats, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the gauge lenses are crystal clear. 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. All of the carpet in the car is original. The door panels themselves are in good condition, fit well to the doors, and the door pulls are in tact. The dash and center console look good with no splits, sun fading, or cracks. The jack and jack handle are still present and stowed correctly behind the passenger seat and pictured below. The original spare tire and rim are 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 at all. Corvette interiors are not known to wear well and the spectacular condition of this original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care this car has received throughout it's life.

The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This L82 Corvette seems to be in excellent mechanical condition. As stated above there are $5,000 in receipts for maintenance on the car so it is very well sorted mechanically. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. The car drives terrifically; it is feels awesome on the road and at highway speeds. The car drives just like you would expect from a vehicle with only 21,000 miles. 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. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The close ratio transmission shifts well, the shifter feels tight, and does not pop out of gear. The clutch feels good and operates smoothly. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast with the L82. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, correct, and original as one can see in the photos. The car has not been modified or molested and such items as the ignition shielding, original smog pump, emissions system, and catalytic converter are all still working and in place.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, wipers, power windows, and the blower for the heater and a/c 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.  Please note very detailed items that most buyers do not even know to look for are functional on this Corvette such as the interior delay light timer and the small light by the spare tire still work. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly with no binding. Also, the headlights go up correctly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. Their complete operation from both switches can be observed in the video below. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with close ratio 4-Speed transmission, the extra power from the L82 engine, and the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

The car runs and drivers as well as it looks.


Overall
Condition

 

Overall, this 1979 Corvette L82 4-speed is in amazing condition. This car is particularly rare and extra desirable with the high horsepower L82 engine and close ratio 4-speed transmission. Low mileage and original examples of C3 Corvettes are hard to find and draw a huge premium in the current market. Numbers matching and originality is extremely important in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very original and correct.

The excellent condition, the extensive documentation, the very low original mileage, the desirable options, the originality, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this car especially important and difficult to duplicate. 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. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased drastically over the past years, especially for premium examples like this car. 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 starting, running, a walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/XZDSL5r0nUI .

 

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.

 

 



 




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