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1978 Chevrolet Corvette

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With just 553 original miles, this 1978 Corvette Pace Car is a stunning time capsule that is a must for any serious Corvette collector. While not exactly rare, with 6502 being built (which is about one for every dealership), these cars remain popular with Corvette fans, and finding cars as well preserved and untouched as this one can be extremely difficult. This one is so clean, even the original sticker is still on the passenger side window and the seats are wrapped in plastic. RPO Z78 radically transformed the Corvette's looks, adding the two-tone black over silver metallic paint job with a bright red pinstripe in between, but a spoiler was tacked on at each end to alter appearance more dramatically. The front spoiler was similar to the one on the contemporary Firebird Trans Am, wrapped under and around to blend into the wheel wells, while the prominent rear spoiler curved down at its outboard ends to meet the body, recalling the '69 Aero Coupe show car. The Pace Car decals were shipped uninstalled, allowing the new owner to decide whether he wanted to go all the way with his replica or to simply enjoy his new Corvette. This low-mile Pace Car proudly wears the decals, and looks like it must have sitting in a showroom 34 years ago. Paint is unblemished and exactly the way GM applied it, and every panel is aligned as it was from the factory. With only 553 miles, there's absolutely no sign of damage or road rash anywhere on this car, and it's clear that it has been properly stored and protected throughout its life. The silver leather interior is equally well preserved, with plastic wrapping on the seats protecting them for years. We don't know if anyone has ever actually sat on the Pace Car-specific seats, but there's no question that everything is as it was when it was installed in 1978. There are no creases, no wear, and not even a wrinkle in the leather that wasn't there when the cow was wearing it. The only spot of wear anywhere in the interior is the driver's side floor mat, which is slightly discolored, but this may also be simply due to age. Pace Cars were loaded, too, and this one has just about every option Chevy could throw at a Corvette: glass T-tops, power windows, rear defogger, air conditioning, sport mirrors, tilt/telescope steering wheel, power door locks, and an AM/FM stereo with an integrated CB radio. Powering this time capsule of a Pace Car is the original, numbers-matching L48 350 cubic inch V8. At some point, it appears that someone intended to drive this Pace Car and gave it a few easily-reversed upgrades, like an Edelbrock intake manifold and carburetor, a set of long-tube Hooker headers, polished aluminum valve covers, and a K&N air cleaner. Original components are not difficult to find, and for the purist, it will take little more than a Saturday afternoon to take it all back to stock. However, if you're the kind of guy who actually drives his cars, then you'll appreciate the added performance. And it's important to note that everything else in the engine bay is just as GM built it and the bottom of the engine has never been opened. Underneath, it's immaculate, from the 3-speed automatic to the fully independent 3.08-geared rear end. Factory markings remain completely intact, and there's no evidence of structural rust or damage anywhere. 15-inch alloy wheels were part of the Pace Car package, and this one wears a set of 225/60/15 Goodyear Eagle GTII radials, the original Goodyear tires do come with the car. Despite their production numbers, these remain strong collectibles, and there can't be many that are as well preserved as this one is. Add in just 553 original miles and details like the original window sticker, and it is most definitely an investment-grade vehicle. Call us today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 121728

as of 4/9/2011

Car 1978 Chevrolet Corvette
VIN 1Z87L8S905837 
Mileage 553 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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