1978 Chevrolet Corvette

$25,900

Price
$25,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
38,030
Vin
1Z8748S406733
Stock
901011
Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. $483 /YEAR insurance
Price
$25,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
38,030
Vin
1Z8748S406733
Stock
901011
Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. $483 /YEAR insurance

L82, 4-Speed Manual, Low Miles, EXCELLENT CONDITION, #'s Match, PRICED TO SELL!!

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Please call Tyler directly at 513-349-7163 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this stunning numbers matching 1978 Corvette with the optional high performance L82 engine and 4-Speed manual transmission in excellent condition with only 38,030 original miles. This drive train combination is the most desirable and sought-after that was available for a late C3 Corvette. This is the best and most performance oriented options one could order for 1978.

This Corvette looks excellent, runs great, and is an amazing driver. The car is totally solid with excellent lines and no rust issues. It is finished in the beautiful and exceptionally rare color combination of Mahogany Metallic (82) over Saffron (762). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag pictured in this ad.

Besides the correct paint code, this Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching" meaning the engine and transmission in the car are the correct and original units that were installed in the car new at the factory in 1977. Virtually every part we checked on the car is correct with the proper part numbers and appropriate date codes. We have run the numbers on literally hundreds of Corvettes over the years and there are very few that are so correct and original. Even very detailed parts like the distributor, starter, and even all of the glass is all date coded and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 406733, are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, 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.

This Corvette is ready to be used and enjoyed. We have this car priced to sell and are offering an excellent opportunity to own a clean corvette at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come as the market on C3 Corvettes is very hot right now and on the rise. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title that shows the mileage as actual. Please peruse all of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information to get a true sense of how clean and nice this Corvette really is.

We first purchased this 1978 Corvette in the winter of 2021. The car was purchased in April 2021 by a local doctor as a gift for her brother in April of 2021. At that time the car had 37,917 original miles. The gentleman took excellent care of the car, used it very sparingly, and always stored it his garage. He said that it never spent one night outside and that it never saw rain in his time with it. We purchased the car back this spring with just over 38,000 original miles.

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.

Exterior

The Mahogany Metallic (82) exterior is in excellent original condition. As one can see in the photos the paint has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely. The original YJ8 aluminum wheels have a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The raised white letter tires are almost brand new with less than 100 miles on them. They are also correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major blemishes that have been intentionally excluded from the many photos. It is hard to prove original paint, but we have seen no paint lines, overspray, or other signs of paint work. As one would expect for a paintjob with this many years on it there are a few tiny imperfections around car that were too tiny to show up in pictures, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away.. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean underneath. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust to show how nice this car looks.

Window Date Codes

Please note that all of the windows on this Corvette, both door windows, the rear window, and the windshield are all original as each piece predates the car's body build date of October 26, 1977 (B26). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Interior

The Saffron (762) interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats look brand new with no split seams, holes, or signs of wear. The seats are not overly worn in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the lenses are clear. The carpet is in also in excellent condition with no rips or holes, this includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash and console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The door panels are in great shape overall and unlike many corvettes of this era they fit well and tight to the doors. The door pulls are solid and intact. The original radio works, please note that this car came from the factory with a CB radio with the microphone still present. Most importantly, the dash has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly in the storage compartment behind the passenger seat as seen in the photos. The original spare is also still with car and appears to have never been used. Please note that both seat belts work and retract properly. This is a common problem on C3 Corvettes and an issue many buyers do not think to check. This Corvette has never been smoked in; there are no burn marks and no aroma of cigarettes.

Corvette interiors from this era are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life and another great verification of the very low original mileage.

Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The numbers matching L82 engine starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. It drives amazing on the road and at highway speeds. 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 vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. The 4-speed manual transmission feels great, the shifter is tight, and does not pop out of gear. The clutch feels nice. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The car runs cool and does not overheat. 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.

The AM/FM radio works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, indicators, dahs lights, horn, wipers, and power windows. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The air conditioning also works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c compressor clicking on and engaging properly in the video. The headlights go up quickly, evenly, and with no effort or binding the mechanism. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There complete operation form both switches can be viewed in the video below. All of the gauges with the obvious exception of the clock. The car now has a true dual exhaust system with no catalytic converter and a very healthy exhaust note as one can hear in the video. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the 4-speed transmission, the extra power from the L82 engine, and the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition



Overall, this 1978 Corvette is in excellent condition and exceptionally rare with the L82 engine and 4-speed manual transmission combination. The originality, the very low miles, the very rare and desirable color combination, the great options, and the excellent overall condition, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this car especially important and hard to duplicate. Numbers matching is very important in the Corvette market and in Corvette pricing, especially for rare and high performance models like this car, and as one can see this car is very correct. This car is remarkably correct and original and there are photos in this ad of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, transmission casting number, transmission casting date, transmission assembly date, and transmission VIN stamp. 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 considerably 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.

Other sellers are not taking the time to show the car is in such great detail to give you all of the numbers, options, photos, and video. As stated above, numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, especially for an exceptional example like this car, and will become even more important as time passes and this car becomes older and even more rare. This information is very valuable and important for pricing. Any perspective buyer, for any of our vehicles or from other sellers, should ask for all the numbers and information before he or she makes a purchase.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

item
number
description*

VIN
1Z8748S406733
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, "8," indicates the model year, 1978.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 6,733rd Corvette made for 1978.

Body Build Date
B26
"B" corresponds to October and "26" is the twenty sixth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is October 26th, 1977.

Engine Code
V1012
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "10" is the tenth month of year and the "12" is the twelveth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on October 10th, 1977.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.

Suffix Code
CMR
This means the motor was intended for a 1979 L82 Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.

Engine VIN Stamp
406733
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 406733, 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 for a 1978 Corvette.

Engine Block Casting Date
G 11 7
"G" is July, "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on November 11th, 1977. 

Distributor
1110291
The distributor is original and correct for an L82 Corvette with a manual transmission with a 1110291 stamping.

Distributor Date Code
7 J 21
The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J" denotes September, and "21" is the twenty first day of the month meaning the distributor was made on September 21st, 1977. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.

Starter
1109067
The starter is correct and original for a 1979 Corvette with a manual transmission with 1109067 stamped on the housing.

Starter Date Code
7 K 13
The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "K" denotes October, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning the starter was made on October 13th, 1977.

Transmission Casting Number
13-04-065-903
The main case of the transmission has a correct 1304065903 casting number.

Transmission Tail Housing Casting Number
13-04-066-903
The tail housing of the transmission has a correct 1304066903 casting number.

Transmission Side Cover Casting Number
13-04-097-901
The side cover of the transmission has a correct 1304097901 casting number.

Transmission Casting Date
8-30-77
The "8" is the eighth month of the year, the "30" is the thirtyth day of the month, and the "77" is the year so this transmission main case was cast on August 30th, 1977, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.

Transmission Date Code
WK1772
"W" denotes the plant, Warner. "K" is the month October, "17" is the seventeenth day of the month, "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, and lastly "2" denotes the shift the transmission was made in. Meaning this transmission is correct and original, made in the second shift of October 17th, 1977.

Transmission VIN Stamping
406733
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 406733, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.

Clutch Housing
464697
The clutch housing has the correct number 464697 stamping on the casing.

Windshield
YG
"Y" is October and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in October of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Driver's Window
IG
"I" is June and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in June of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Passenger  Window
TG
"T" is August and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in August of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Rear Window
YG
"Y" is October and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in October of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

exterior color code

82
Mahogany Metallic

interior color code

762
Saffron

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

rpo code
description

1YZ87
Corvette Sport Coupe

A31
Power Windows

C60
Air Conditioning

K30
Cruise Control

L82
350ci 220hp V8 Engine

M21
4 Speed Manual Transmission

NA5
Standard Emissions

N37
Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column

QGR
225/70R15 White Letter Tires

UP6
AM-FM Radio, Stereo with CB

U81
Dual Rear Speaker

YJ8
Aluminum Wheels

ZX2
Convenience Group

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Mahogany Metallic (82)
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1978
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
38,030

Interior

Interior Color
Saffron (762)
exterior color code
82 Mahogany Metallic
interior color code
762 Saffron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
C60 Air Conditioning
K30 Cruise Control
L82 350ci 220hp V8 Engine
M21 4 Speed Manual Transmission
NA5 Standard Emissions
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QGR 225/70R15 White Letter Tires
UP6 AM-FM Radio, Stereo with CB
U81 Dual Rear Speaker
YJ8 Aluminum Wheels
ZX2 Convenience Group
item number description*
VIN 1Z8748S406733 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, "8," indicates the model year, 1978.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 6,733rd Corvette made for 1978.
Body Build Date B26 "B" corresponds to October and "26" is the twenty sixth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is October 26th, 1977.
Engine Code V1012 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "10" is the tenth month of year and the "12" is the twelveth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on October 10th, 1977.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CMR This means the motor was intended for a 1979 L82 Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 406733 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 406733, 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 for a 1978 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date G 11 7 "G" is July, "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and "7" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on November 11th, 1977. 
Distributor 1110291 The distributor is original and correct for an L82 Corvette with a manual transmission with a 1110291 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 7 J 21 The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "J" denotes September, and "21" is the twenty first day of the month meaning the distributor was made on September 21st, 1977. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Starter 1109067 The starter is correct and original for a 1979 Corvette with a manual transmission with 1109067 stamped on the housing.
Starter Date Code 7 K 13 The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "K" denotes October, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning the starter was made on October 13th, 1977.
Transmission Casting Number 13-04-065-903 The main case of the transmission has a correct 1304065903 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting Number 13-04-066-903 The tail housing of the transmission has a correct 1304066903 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting Number 13-04-097-901 The side cover of the transmission has a correct 1304097901 casting number.
Transmission Casting Date 8-30-77 The "8" is the eighth month of the year, the "30" is the thirtyth day of the month, and the "77" is the year so this transmission main case was cast on August 30th, 1977, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.
Transmission Date Code WK1772 "W" denotes the plant, Warner. "K" is the month October, "17" is the seventeenth day of the month, "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, and lastly "2" denotes the shift the transmission was made in. Meaning this transmission is correct and original, made in the second shift of October 17th, 1977.
Transmission VIN Stamping 406733 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 406733, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Clutch Housing 464697 The clutch housing has the correct number 464697 stamping on the casing.
Windshield YG "Y" is October and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in October of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window IG "I" is June and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in June of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window TG "T" is August and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in August of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window YG "Y" is October and "G" is 1977 so this window is original, made in October of 1977.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
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