$12,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1979

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
AU3 Power Locks
A51 Bucket Seat
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QBS 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
T63 Headlamp Warning
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery
UM3 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette
U26 Engine Compartment Lamp
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
N90 Aluminum Wheels
ZX2 Convenience Group
ZQ2 Power Windows and Door Locks

exterior color code
10 Classic White
interior color code
592 Light Beige Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   59,940 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z8789S446587
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.  I 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 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.

 

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 1Z8789S446587 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, 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 1979.
Body Build Date M06 "M" corresponds to August, and "06" is the sixth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is August 6, 1979.
Engine Code V0716 "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.
Suffix Code ZAH This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 446587 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 3970010 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. 
Distributor 1103302 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 engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14007376 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 17059216 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 1799 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 446587 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.
Rear Window IA "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.
Driver's Window IA "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.
Passenger  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.

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

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Classic 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 brilliant 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 history and never sustained significant damage.

 

Interior

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 console.

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


Mechanical

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 Condition

 

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.

 

vehicle video

 


For a thirteen minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
http://youtu.be/ZGC-W8Gy1cY .
 

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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