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 beautiful condition with only
59,940 original miles. This Corvette looks great, runs well, and is
an awesome driver. It is
totally solid with no rust issues and straight lines. I have
personally put about 60 miles on this Corvette and during that time
it was completely reliable and a pleasure to drive. The Classic
White over Light Beige Leather color combination is handsome and
elegant on the late C3 Corvettes. It is also the correct and
original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag,
which is pictured below.
This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Corvette that is
ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could
easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price
in years to come. 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, list of numbers, video, and information below to get a true sense of
how nice and clean 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.
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 46,587th Corvette made for
Body Build Date
"M" corresponds to August, and "06" is the
sixth day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is August 6, 1979.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "07" is the seventh month of year and the
"16" is the
sixteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
July 16, 1979. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for an L48
Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
446587, 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.
Engine Block Casting Date
H 18 8
"H" is August, "18" is the eighteenth day of the month, and
"8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on August 18, 1978.
The distributor is original and correct
for an L48 that has a/c and automatic transmission with a 1103302 stamping.
Please note that this distributor was only used on Corvettes
with the ZAH suffix code, which this car has.
Distributor Date Code
9 F 2
The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "F"
denotes June, and "2" is the second day of the
month meaning the distributor was made on June 2, 1979. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has the correct 14007376 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date
E 29 9
"E" is May, "28" is the twenty-ninth day of the month, and
"9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake
manifold was cast on May 29, 1979.
Carburetor Main Body
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.
Carburetor Date Code
The firth three digits, "179," indicate the
179th day of the
year. The last digit, "9," is the year in which the
carburetor was produced, 1979. So this carburetor was
stamped on June 28, 1979.
Transmission VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
446587, are stamped on
the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
June and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made
in June of 1979. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
"I" is June and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made
in June of 1979. This is correct as it predates the build
date of the car.
"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.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
White exterior is in nice driver condition. As one
can see in the photos, the paint has a great gloss, smooth
finish, and nice
shine. Both door open and shut easily and with little effort.
The factory N90 aluminum wheels are in great shape with a
finish and no curb rash. The tires appear to have about 90%
tread left and correctly sized 255/60R15. There are no major imperfections that
have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some
faint blemishes around the car that were too faint to be picked
up by the camera, but nothing that is really noticeable from
about five or ten feet away. There is a blemish on the very tip
of the nose of the car, which is very common on this era C3, and
also some light crazing around the car; there are specific
photos of both below, but it was very hard to capture with the
camera. As one can see
in the many photos of the underside of the car, this Corvette has 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, which are the two most notorious spots for rust
on a C3 Corvette.
Window Date Codes
Please note that
all of the side windows and rear window on this Corvette are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body
build date of August 6, 1979 (M06). Original glass is a
good indication that this car has had no major accident
and never sustained significant damage.
The Light Beige leather interior in this Corvette is in awesome
original condition. The seats look great with no excessive
wear. There are just some small signs of use in the typical
area where the driver gets in and out. There is a specific
photo of the area below to show how unnoticeable this is.
Please note that these are the original seats and leather
skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements.
The carpet is in excellent original condition with no major
stains or holes. This includes the rear carpet with is often
neglected. The console and dash are in great condition with
no cracks or sun damage. The door panels are in amazing
shape with no splits or tears and, unlike many Corvettes of
this age, they fit well and tight to the door. The door
pulls are solid and intact. The original radio works and
most importantly the dash is original and uncut. The gauge
faces are clean and crisp and the gauge lenses are nice and
clear. The jack and jack handle are still present and stowed
correctly behind the passenger seat, pictured below showing
the original stickers on the compartment lid. The original
spare is still with the car and has never been used as it still
has the nubs on it. The original T-Top storage bags are also
included with the car and pictured below. 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 excellent condition of this amazingly
original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care
this car has received throughout its life. Even very
detailed items that are almost always broken or shabby are
not on this car; details such the finger pulls for the rear
storage compartment and the fit of the center gauge cluster
with the shifter console and down to the parking brake
The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the
This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. The
car starts right away every time and runs well. It drives terrifically
and it is tight on the road and at highway
speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating
on the highway up to about 70mph, braking to stoplight, and
going through some curves. Please note that there are no strange
noises or vibrations and the car performs quite well. There is
no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. The brakes are
responsive. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the
power band. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the
engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can
see in the photos. All of the upper and lower ignition shielding
is still on the car as is the catalytic converter. The horn works as do all the exterior lights,
wipers, power windows, all gauges with the obvious exception of
the clock, the blower on all speeds, and even the cruise control
works. The a/c works and one can observe the compressor
engaging properly in the video below. 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 courtesy light by the spare
tire still work. The power locks work to lock both doors, but not
the unlock; both locks work
correctly with the key from the outside and manually inside. The
car could probably use a tune up and some maintenance to smooth
out the idle. The entire vacuum system for the
headlights works correctly with no effort or binding in the
mechanism. 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. 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 beautiful day.
Overall, this 1979 Corvette is in
great driver condition. Numbers matching is extremely
important in Corvette pricing, especially with low
mileage examples like this car. The originality, the
great condition, and the great extent to which the
numbers match make this car especially important and
hard to duplicate. While this is not an NCRS or
Bloomington Gold show car, it is a verifiably reliable
and solid driver quality Corvette that is ready to be
enjoyed. 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. 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.
thirteen 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.