Corvette 25th Anniversary
#'S MATCHING 350 CI L82, 4-SPEED, GLASS T-TOPS, RARE OYSTER LEATHER INTERIOR!
If you want a low-mile Anniversary 'Vette, they're easy to find. However, if you simply like how they look (and who could blame you?) and don't want to spend a fortune to own one of the zero-mile examples, perhaps this one deserves a closer look. It has the optional L82 engine and a 4-speed, so if you want a driver, they don't come better than this.
This one actually looks better than most '78 Anniversary Corvettes thanks to a repaint back in the '90s. Instead of the original enamel, it's a more modern material that shines up beautifully and the various bits and pieces all match quite well. They replicated the two-tone silver over gray combination exactly, and the various pinstripes that highlight the C3's dramatic shape are expertly applied. The Anniversary 'Vettes introduced many styling upgrades that would continue to the end of C3 production, including the deep chin spoiler, the fastback roofline, and ducktail spoiler, and many would consider this the pinnacle of style. It's held up quite well with only minor signs of use and none of the usual Corvette issues are apparent: no cracking or checking and the panels line up quite well. Proper badges and emblems were reinstalled following the repaint, so it does have a very correct look that'll make Corvette fans happy.
Oyster is GM's name for the off-white leather inside this particular Anniversary model, and it's more subtle than the usual silver. It's quite original and shows a few signs of use but give that this one is a driver, not a trailer queen. It's nice to see a 4-speed living between the seats, and like most Anniversary cars, it's loaded with options: A/C, power windows and locks, and a tilt/telescope wheel. The carpets, door panels, and dash are in excellent condition and aside from the Kenwood AM/FM/cassette stereo in the dash it's completely stock. The Oyster leather is wrapped around the steering wheel and with the lift-off T-tops, you can experience open-air motoring that's the next best thing to a convertible and the car comes with its original storage bags that strap in the cargo bay so you're never without them. And speaking of the cargo bay, thanks to that fastback window, there's a decent amount of storage space for a long road trip.
The top engine in 1978 was the 350 cubic inch L82, which was rated at a respectable 220 horsepower. With its distinctive dual-snorkel air cleaner, it's easy to spot, and the 4-barrel carburetor and aluminum intake manifold underneath are part of the horsepower-building equipment list. This is the car's original, matching-numbers engine, and aside from minor upgrades like long-tube headers, it's quite stock. Recent work includes a full tune-up, a new alternator, and a fresh dual exhaust system with stock-style mufflers and polished tips that look fantastic. The engine is backed with a 4-speed manual transmission, so it's a blast to drive, and new stainless steel calipers and brake lines ensure that it's safe. Gorgeous polished aluminum wheels were part of the Anniversary package and wear fat 235/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
These Anniversary Corvettes are among the best-looking of the C3s, and with so many put away as "investments" it's tough to find one that's ready to drive like this. Call today!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 350 V8 L82
- Transmission Type
- 4 Speed Manual
- Body Or Basic Color
- Body Style
- 28,724 (Unknown)
- Interior Or Basic Color
- Seating Type
- Center Console