1978 Chevrolet Corvette

$15,900

Price
$15,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
84,517
Vin
1Z87L8S421682
Stock
901030
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. $338 /YEAR insurance
Price
$15,900
Engine Size
350ci V8
Transmission Type
Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
84,517
Vin
1Z87L8S421682
Stock
901030
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. $338 /YEAR insurance

#'s Match, GREAT CONDITION, Red/Black, Low Miles, PRICED TO SELL!!

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Please call Matt directly at 513-708-1468 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this completely numbers matching 1978 Corvette in nice driver condition with only 84,517 original miles. This Corvette looks stunning, runs great, and is an excellent driver. The car is totally solid with excellent lines and no rust issues. It is finished in the beautiful and desirable color combination of Corvette Red (72) over Black (722). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag pictured in this ad.

We actually first purchased this Corvette in 2020. We sold it to a local gentleman who took excellent car of the and always stored it indoors. He enjoyed the car for the past two years and traded it back into our dealership this year for a newer Trans Am. He recently installed a new aluminum radiator and did some service to the front suspension.

Besides the correct paint and trim codes, this Corvette is "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. Even detailed parts like the distributor, exhaust manifolds, and even all the windows are all date coded and original. The last six digits of the VIN, 421682, 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 driven and enjoyed. We have this car priced to sell and are offering an excellent opportunity to own a very desirable 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, especially for low mileage and original examples like this car. The original and owners manual as well as some service records from the previous owner are included with the car.

The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title, pictured in this ad, showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information to get a true sense of how nice, clean, and original 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

Chevrolet marked Corvette's 25th Anniversary in 1978 with the most extensive redesign of the car since the introduction of the C3 body style in 1968. The new Corvette introduced a large fastback style rear window that drastically increased luggage space in the rear compartment behind the seats. The interior of the 1978 was also significantly redesigned. The speedometer and tachometer were redesigned in a more square and vertical mode. A glove box was added on the passenger side to replace the pocket. The door panels were also completely new and included screw on arm rests to replace the molded style that been the standard since 1965. 1978 Corvettes featured special 25th Anniversary emblems specific to that year.

Exterior

The Corvette Red (72) exterior is in great driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely. The N90 aluminum wheels have a brilliant finish and have no curb rash on the beauty rings. The BF Goodrich Radial TA raised white letter tires area almost brand new and were recently installed by the previous owner. There are no major blemishes that have been excluded from the photos. There are a few tiny imperfections that were too small to show up in the photos, but nothing else 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 and this Corvette has absolutely NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and we have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield, which are the two 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 pieces of door glass, the rear window, and even the windshield are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of February 23, 1978 (F23). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Interior

The Black Cloth (19C) interior in this Corvette is in excellent condition. The seats look just in person as they do in the photos with no rips, holes, or split seams. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the lenses are clear. The carpet is also in great condition with no stains, rips, or holes. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The dash is not faded, but does have some cracks as one can see in the photos. The door panels are correct and original with the proper cloth trim that came on cars ordered with cloth seats. They are nice shape overall with some minor wear. The door pulls are solid and intact. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. This Corvette has never been smoked in; there are no burns 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 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 number matching engine 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. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band. The car runs cool and does not overheat. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos.

The radio works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, indicators, wipers, and power windows. The blower for the heater works on all speeds. The vacuum system for the headlights works. Also, the headlights go up correctly with either the headlight switch or vacuum override switch. There complete operation form both switches can be viewed in the video. The headlights are a bit slow, but do come up. The horn does not work. There is a squeak audible at low speeds. The car seems to sit a bit higher on the right side. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. 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 1978 Corvette is in good driver condition. Numbers matching is very important in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very correct. There are photos in this ad of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, transmission VIN stamp, and transmission assembly date. The car does have a few needs to make it perfect, but it is a nice driver Corvette as is and ready to be used and enjoyed; we feel as it we have priced the car accordingly with those potential needs or possible improvements in mind. 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, especially for a standard 1978 Corvette. As stated above, numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing 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
1Z87L8S421682
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, L, correct for an L48 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 21,682nd Corvette made for 1978.

Body Build Date
F23
"F" corresponds to February and "23" is the twenty-third day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 23rd, 1978.

Engine Code
V0217
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "02" is the second month of year and the "17" is the seventeenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on February 17th, 1978.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.

Suffix Code
CUT
This means the motor was intended for a 1978 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.

Engine VIN Stamp
421682
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 421682, 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
B 15 8
"B" is February, "15" is the fifthteenth day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on February 15th, 1978. 

Distributor
1103353
The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103353 stamping.

Distributor Date Code
8 B 10
The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "B" denotes February, and "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on February 10th, 1978. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.

Left Exhaust Manifold
3932461
This exhaust manifold is correct and original for a 78 corvette with a 3932461 stamping.

Right Exhaust Manifold
3932461
This exhaust manifold is correct and original for a 78 corvette with a 3932461 stamping.

Transmission VIN Stamp
421682
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 421682, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured in this ad, meaning this engine is original to this car.

Transmission Date Code
B8B03D
The "8" is 1978. The second "B" is the second month of the year, the "03" is the third day of the month, and the "D" is the shift in which the transmission was assebmeled so thie transmission was made on February 3, 1978 during the day shift, which is correct as it predates the body build date.

Driver's Window
NJ
"N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in January 1978. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Passenger  Window
NJ
"N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in January 1978. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

Windshield
NJ
"N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in January 1978. 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.

rpo code
description

1YZ87
Corvette Sport Coupe

A31
Power Windows

C49
Rear Window Defogger

D35
Sport Mirrors

L48
350ci V8 Engine

MX1
Automatic Transmission

NA5
Standard Emissions

N37
Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column

QBS
255/60R15 White Letter Tires

U58
AM-FM Radio, Stereo

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350ci V8

Body

Body Color
Red
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1978
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
84,517

Interior

Interior Color
Black
rpo code description
1YZ87 Corvette Sport Coupe
A31 Power Windows
C49 Rear Window Defogger
D35 Sport Mirrors
L48 350ci V8 Engine
MX1 Automatic Transmission
NA5 Standard Emissions
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
QBS 255/60R15 White Letter Tires
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo
item number description
VIN 1Z87L8S421682 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, L, correct for an L48 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 21,682nd Corvette made for 1978.
Body Build Date F23 "F" corresponds to February and "23" is the twenty-third day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is September 23rd, 1978.
Engine Code V0217 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "02" is the second month of year and the "17" is the seventeenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on February 17th, 1978.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CUT This means the motor was intended for a 1978 L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamp 421682 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 421682, 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 B 15 8 "B" is February, "15" is the fifthteenth day of the month, and "8" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on February 15th, 1978. 
Distributor 1103353 The distributor is original and correct for an L48 Corvette with an automatic transmission with a 1103353 stamping.
Distributor Date Code 8 B 10 The "8" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "B" denotes February, and "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on February 10th, 1978. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Left Exhaust Manifold 3932461 This exhaust manifold is correct and original for a 78 corvette with a 3932461 stamping.
Right Exhaust Manifold 3932461 This exhaust manifold is correct and original for a 78 corvette with a 3932461 stamping.
Transmission VIN Stamp 421682 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 421682, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured in this ad, meaning this engine is original to this car.
Transmission Date Code B8B03D The "8" is 1978. The second "B" is the second month of the year, the "03" is the third day of the month, and the "D" is the shift in which the transmission was assebmeled so thie transmission was made on February 3, 1978 during the day shift, which is correct as it predates the body build date.
Driver's Window NJ "N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in January 1978. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window NJ "N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in January 1978. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Windshield NJ "N" is January and "J" is 1978 so this window is original, made in January 1978. 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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