$13,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1980

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension
HE3 3.07 Axle Ratio
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci 4bbl Engine
MV4 3 Turbo Hydramatic Transmission
NA5 Standard Emissions
N90 Aluminum Wheels
QXH 255/60 R15 White Letter Tires
UN3 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with Cassette
U75 Power Antenna
U81 Dual Rear Speakers
VK3 Front License Plate Mount
V08 heavy Duty Cooling System
ZN1 Trailer Package
6HJ Front Spring LH
7HJ Front Spring RH
U75 AM-FM Radio, Stereo

 

 

 
exterior color code
13 Silver
interior color code
722 Red Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   TH400 Automatic
Mileage:   55,250
Engine:   350 ci L48
VIN:   1Z878AS414604
about our dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist.   We are a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience I specialize in 1963 to 2004 Corvettes.  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.  This is simply a one man operation, and this is not my full time employment.  I do it because I enjoy it.  I am a collector and enthusiast and therefore look for cars that excite me.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked by me because it is special or rare to me and because I 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 extremely proud to offer this low mileage, completely numbers matching, "turn key" 1980 Corvette loaded with options and  extensive documentation.  This car was ordered brand new by William Jenkins at Christenson Chevrolet in Highland, IN just outside of Chicago on December 8, 1979.  We still have the deposit slip from that date showing where Mr. Jenkins put down $200 to have the car produced.  Also from that date I have the original retail order form showing how the car was optioned.  The build date of the car is D21, which is January 21, 1980.  The original pre-delivery inspection form is dated February 1, 1980.  A payment slip shows that the car was purchased on February 14, 1980.  The original first application for certificate of title also shows a purchase date of February 14, and title application on February 15, 1980.  Please note that all of the dates above are totally chronologically correct.  Mr. Jenkins owned the until about five years ago when he sold it to a gentleman in Indianapolis, IN.  I purchased the car from him meaning this Corvette has had only two registered owners. 

In addition to the documents listed above we also have the original window sticker, original factory build sheet from the assembly line, original owner's manual, letter from Christenson Chevrolet to Mr. Jenkins, Chevrolet consumer information booklet, Goodyear tire pamphlet, warranty information booklet with the original owner's name, EPA fuel rating sheet, and much more.  The amount of original documentation still with this car is extremely impressive; I have never seen a 1980 Corvette with so much.  These kind of documentation is totally impossible to duplicate, adds a immeasurable amount of legitimacy to the car, and will make this car much more valuable in the future.

This car also has some rare and interesting options such as FE7 Gymkhana Suspension, heavy duty radiator, and ZN1 of which this car is one of only 796 in 1980.  It would be impossible to prove these rare options as original without the documentation.  The same conscientious attention the original owner took with his record keeping can also be applied to the way he cared for the vehicle over the years.

The 1980 Corvette was lighter than the previous year and featured new bumper caps, cleaner lines, and integrated spoilers.  The body style was highly modernized in 1980 by these changes.  The vehicle also become much more aerodynamic with these changes, with a drag coefficient .503 in 1979 to .443.  1980 was the last year for the much more desirable fully mechanical fuel and ignition systems.  1981 went to the "computer command control" system, which is much more prone to issues.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.  We hand pick each car after careful inspection.  Our cars 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 examine each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about bidding.  If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

numbers

 
I checked around the engine compartment and recorded some of the more easily accessible numbers.
 
item number description*
VIN 1Z878AS414604 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 "A" indicate the year, 1980.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 14604th Corvette made in 1980.
Engine VIN Stamping 414604 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 414604, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.  
Body Build Date D21 "D" Corresponds to January, and the 21 is the twenty-first day of the month meaning this car was built on January 21, 1980.
Engine Code V0111 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The first part, "01," is the first month of year and the second part, "11," is the eleventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on January 11, 1980.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZAK This means the motor was intended for an L48 with an automatic not in Californai, which is correct for this car.
Alternator 1103122 The alternator is original and correct with a 1103122 stamping.
Alternator Date Code 9 L 29 The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "L" denotes November, and "29" is the twenty-ninth day of the month meaning the alternator was made on November 29, 1979.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14014432 The intake manifold is correct with a 14014432 casting number.
Carburetor Main Body 17080204 The original carburetor has the correct stamping for a 350ci L48 Corvette.  The fourth digit, "8," means the carb was built in the 1980's.  The fifth digit, "0," means it was built for the 1980 model year.  The sixth digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL carb.  The seventh digit,  "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM.  The last digit, "4," means it was intended for use in an automatic car such as this.
Carburetor Date Code 0030 The first three digits, "003" indicate the third day of the year.  The last digit, "0" is the calendar year it was produced, 1980.  So the carb  was stamped on January 3, 1980 which is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window CA "C" is November and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in November of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window CA "C" is November and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in November of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Windshield VA "V" is December and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in December of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear  Window CA "C" is November and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in November 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 Silver exterior is in magnificent condition.  As one can see in the photos, the finish has dazzling gloss and smooth glass-like finish.  Often many corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not.  The underside of the front end is in great condition as evidenced by the photos.  There are no major imperfections that have been excluded from the photos.  I have specifically taken a photo of the worst spot on the body, a small scratch that has been touched up behind the right front wheel.  This Corvette has had one professional respray with a high quality base/clear coat.  The original aluminum wheels are in great shape with no curb rash.  The frame is totally solid with no rust and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield.  This car has absolutely no rust issues. 

All of the glass is date coded and original to the car Original glass is a good indication that the car has not been in a major accident and never sustained significant damage. 

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

Interior

The Red Leather interior of the Corvette is also in fabulous condition.  The seats look virtually brand and show now wear at all.  The carpet is in great condition as well with no holes, rips, or stains.  This includes the rear carpet with is often neglected.  The dash and center console look nice and have no sun fading or cracks.  The door panels are in great condition and unlike many Corvettes of this age, they fit very well and tight to the door.  The car has never been smoked in, there is no ash in the ashtray or aroma what so ever.  Corvette interiors are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this interior is a testament to the meticulous care this car has received throughout it's life.  Even very detailed items that are almost always broken such as the spare tire light, finger pulls for the rear storage compartment, and glove box light, are working and in good shape on this car.

The plaque on the ash tray door reads, "Built Especially for William R. Jenkins."  The future owner can remove this at his discretion, but I think it adds to the originality and provenance of the car.

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

Mechanical

This car is in great mechanical condition, there are no issues at all with this Corvette, and it is essentially "turn key".  The Corvette starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well.  Literally everything on this car works including the common problem areas such as the cruise control, power antenna, and even the a/c.  There is no smoke when starting or driving the car.  The car drives terrifically; it is very tight on the road and at highway speeds.  I personally drove this car home from Indianapolis to Cincinnati with no problems at all.  The transmission is solid and the car shifts well.  The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other.  This Corvette has plenty of power and is very fast.  Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car.


Overall
Condition

 

Overall this Corvette is in marvelous condition, and quite honestly, one of the nicest 1980 Corvettes we have had the pleasure to own.  Numbers matching and documentation is extremely important in Corvette pricing.  The originality, the beautiful and desirable color combo, and the extensive records make this car especially important and nearly impossible to duplicate.  Cars like this are the Barrett Jackson stars of the future.  The 1980 and '81 Corvettes are the star of today and the future investment vise; it is beyond doubt one of the most sound and secure ventures one could make into the Corvette market.  One could enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than your purchase price. 

 

Thank you for looking and please email or call with any questions.

 

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