1979 Chevrolet Corvette

$19,900

Price
$19,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
59,419
Vin
1Z8789S436670
Stock
901017
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. $396 /YEAR insurance
Price
$19,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
59,419
Vin
1Z8789S436670
Stock
901017
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. $396 /YEAR insurance

Low Miles, EXCELLENT CONDITION, Red/Oyster, #'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 1979 Corvette in Amazing condition with only 59,419 miles. This Corvette looks great, runs strong, and is an amazing driver. The car is totally solid with excellent lines and no rust issues. It is finished in the beautiful, iconic, and highly desirable color combination of Red (72) over Oyster Cloth (12C). This is also the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured in this ad. We have recently put about 50 miles on this Corvette. During that time it was completely reliable with no issues and true pleasure to drive.

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 1979. 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, intake, carburetor, and even all of the glass is all date coded and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 436670, are stamped on the engine pad, 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, which is pictured in this ad.

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, pictured in this ad. 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.

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 Red exterior is in fantastic condition. As one can see in the photos the paint has an outstanding gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely. The original N90 aluminum wheels are in great condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The BF Goodrich raised white letter tires have about 90% tread left and are the correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major blemishes that have been intentionally excluded from the many photos. There is on touch up on the right front and there may be some small imperfections around the car that were too small to show up in the photos, but nothing else that is really noticeable from about five feet away. This Corvette has no rust issues. 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 on the frame in front of the rear tire and we have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield frame or “birdcage,” which are the most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette. 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 glass on this Corvette, both door windows, the rear window, and even the windshield are all original as each piece predates the car's body build date of May 23, 1979 (J23). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Interior

The Oyster Cloth interior in this Corvette is in outstanding original condition. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the lenses are clear. The dash and console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. Even the silver line surrounding the edge of the console is still there and has not faded away. The seats are in great condition with just a small amount of wear in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. Please note that these are the original seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket covers or replacements. It is particularly important that these original seats are in such great condition since the cloth seats are no longer available and there are no easy replacements if the seats are overly worn. The carpet looks just as good in person as it does in the photos. The door panels are in great shape overall. The door pulls are solid and intact. The radio sounds great and gets good reception. 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, especially for a light color like Oyster, and the excellent condition of this original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life and another great verification of the low original mileage.

Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. As stated above, we have driven this car about 50 miles with no issues. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. It drives great 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 transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band. 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, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos. The original ignition shielding, air cleaner, valve covers, and catalytic converter are all still in place.

The AM/FM radio works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, indicators, dash lights, wipers, and power windows, even the interior delay light timer still works. All of the gauges work including the clock. The vacuum system for the headlights works correctly. The headlights go up quickly and evenly, with no 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 viewed in the video. The horn, blower, and power locks do not work, which is a very common problem on C3 Corvette. The car has a new cat-back exhaust system with a 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 T-tops out on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition



Overall, this 1977 Corvette is in excellent original condition. The low mileage, the beautiful and rare color combination, the excellent overall condition, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this Corvette particularly desirable and very hard to duplicate. Numbers matching is important in the Corvette market and in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very correct. 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
1Z8789S436670
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 36,670th Corvette made for 1979.

Body Build Date
J23
"J" corresponds to May and "23" is the twenty third day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is May 23rd, 1979.

Engine Code
V0514
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "05" is the fifth month of year and the "14" is the fourteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on May 14th, 1979.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.

Suffix Code
ZAH
This means the motor was intended for a 1979 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.

Engine VIN Stamp
436670
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 436670, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.

Engine Block Casting Number
8970010
The engine block has the correct 8970010 casting number for a 1979 Corvette.

Engine Block Casting Date
E 14 9
"E" is May, "14" is the fourteenth day of the month, and "9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on May 14th, 1979. 

Intake Manifold Casting Number
14007876
The intake manifold is original and correct for a L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 14007876 stamping.

Intake Manifold Casting Date
E 3 9
"E" is May, "3" is the third day of the month, and "9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on May 3rd, 1979. 

Distributor
1103302
The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103302 stamping. This Number is specific to ZAH suffix which this car has.

Distributor Date Code
9 C 30
The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "30" is the thirtyth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on March 30th, 1979. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.

Carburetor
17059216
This carburetor is correct and original for a 1979 L48 corvette with an automatic transmission and A/C

Carburetor Date Code
1369
"136" is the 136th day from January 1st 1978, and "9" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on May 16th, 1978.

Transmission Casting Number
8640820
The main case of the transmission has a correct 8640820 casting number.

Transmission Casting Date
4-79-30
The "4" is the fourth month of the year, the "79" is the year, and the "30" is the thirtyth day of the month so this transmission main case was cast on April 30th, 1979, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.

Transmission VIN Stamping
436670
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 436670, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.

Windshield
JA
"J" is May and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in May of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Driver's Window
GA
"G" is April and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in April of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Passenger  Window
JA
"J" is May and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in May of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Rear Window
GA
"G" is April and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in April of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

exterior color code

72
Red

interior color code

12C
Oyster Cloth

 


 


 


 


 


 

rpo code
description

1YZ87
Corvette Sport Coupe

A31
Power Windows

C49
Rear Window Defogger

C60
Air Conditioning

D35
Sport Mirrors

K30
Cruise Control

L48
350ci V8 Engine

MX1
Automatic Transmission

NA5
Standard Emissions

N37
Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column

QBS
225/70R15 White Letter SBR Tires

U58
AM-FM Stereo Radio

U81
Dual Rear Speaker

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Red (72)
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1979
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
59,419

Interior

Interior Color
Oyster Cloth (12C)
exterior color code
72 Red
interior color code
12C Oyster Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
C49 Rear Window Defogger
C60 Air Conditioning
D35 Sport Mirrors
K30 Cruise Control
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
NA5 Standard Emissions
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QBS 225/70R15 White Letter SBR Tires
U58 AM-FM Stereo Radio
U81 Dual Rear Speaker
item number description*
VIN 1Z8789S436670 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 36,670th Corvette made for 1979.
Body Build Date J23 "J" corresponds to May and "23" is the twenty third day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is May 23rd, 1979.
Engine Code V0514 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "05" is the fifth month of year and the "14" is the fourteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on May 14th, 1979.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code ZAH This means the motor was intended for a 1979 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 436670 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 436670, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below, meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 8970010 The engine block has the correct 8970010 casting number for a 1979 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date E 14 9 "E" is May, "14" is the fourteenth day of the month, and "9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on May 14th, 1979. 
Intake Manifold Casting Number 14007876 The intake manifold is original and correct for a L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 14007876 stamping.
Intake Manifold Casting Date E 3 9 "E" is May, "3" is the third day of the month, and "9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on May 3rd, 1979. 
Distributor 1103302 The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103302 stamping. This Number is specific to ZAH suffix which this car has.
Distributor Date Code 9 C 30 The "9" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "C" denotes March, and "30" is the thirtyth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on March 30th, 1979. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor 17059216 This carburetor is correct and original for a 1979 L48 corvette with an automatic transmission and A/C
Carburetor Date Code 1369 "136" is the 136th day from January 1st 1978, and "9" is the last digit of the calendar year meaning this carburetor was made on May 16th, 1978.
Transmission Casting Number 8640820 The main case of the transmission has a correct 8640820 casting number.
Transmission Casting Date 4-79-30 The "4" is the fourth month of the year, the "79" is the year, and the "30" is the thirtyth day of the month so this transmission main case was cast on April 30th, 1979, this is correct as it predates he assembly of the transmission.
Transmission VIN Stamping 436670 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 436670, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Windshield JA "J" is May and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in May of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window GA "G" is April and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in April of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window JA "J" is May and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in May of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window GA "G" is April and "A" is 1979 so this window is original, made in April of 1979.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
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