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1978 Chevrolet Corvette

Low, 39,000 Actual Miles
Eckler turbodesigned body package
Red exterior with yellow, orange and red striping and a red interior
Naturallyaspirated L82 350 CID V8 engine breathing through dual sideexit exhausts
Turbo Hydramatic 350 threespeed automatic transmission and 3.55 gearing
IMSAstyle body flares with NACA ducts in front and louvered bubble in rear
Silver, reflective glass Ttops
Royce Ltd. Seats covered in red leather
TruSpoke wire wheels
Recessed headlights with clear plexiglass covers
Featured in 1983 issue of Custom Rodder

While it is not righthand drive and you probably wont meet Mark Hamill or Annie Potts while driving it, MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to offer the closest thing to the car seen in Corvette Summer, this 1978 Chevrolet Corvette. The Vette was every school boys dream in the day being the ultimate "Macho Man" car, complete with the L82 power plant

This particular example, like all 54 through 81 Vettes, was made in GMs St. Louis, Missouri assembly plant. It has since been enhanced with an Eckler turbodesigned body package with International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) body flares and NACA ducts in front and a louvered backlight. The paint and trim are in overall excellent condition, as are the glass panels, including the rear window with electric defroster. There are some spider cracks in the paint upon very close inspection but overall very hard to detect. The cars lights are very good order with the factory, round popup headlights replaced by recessed quad rectangular units covered by transparent plexiglass.

This Vette rolls on BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, size P255/60R15 in front and P275/60R15 in back and each radial surrounds a TruSpoke wire wheel with center spinners. The tires and wheels are in very good condition.

The cars bodywork is straight and solid; including the silver reflective glass Ttops. Ralph Eckler began as a oneman body shop in Rock Island, Illinois in 1961. Eleven years later, he published his first catalog, offering fiberglass and other Corvette body parts. The engine bay is very tidy, the battery appears new, the cargo area behind the bucket seats is in good order and the cars bumpers fit well to the rest of the body.

Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 350 CID V8 with electronic ignition that breathes through dual sideexit exhausts and is hooked to a Turbo Hydramatic 350 threespeed automatic transmission and back by a 3.55:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include airconditioning, cruise control, power steering, power fourwheel disc brakes, and power windows.

Inside, the cars red interior is eyepopping. Pair of red Royce Limited red bucket seats replaced the factory seats and are in overall very good order. The matching red carpeting is in very good shape, too, while the red instrument panel, with its full instrumentation, threespoke steering wheel, red inner door panels, mirror glass, center console and shift lever with wood handle are all in good order. Completing the interior is a factory AM/FM stereo with cassette deck.

This vehicle was featured in a 1983 issue of Custom Rodder magazine.

Nineteen seventyeight was the Corvette's 25th Anniversary and all 78s featured silver anniversary nose and fuel door emblems. A newfastbackrear window was the most dramatic and noticeable styling change, giving the 10yearold C3 Corvettebody stylea fresh lease on life. The fixedglass fastback benefited both aerodynamics and increased the usable luggage space behind the seats while improving rearward visibility in the bargain. The tachometer and speedometer were redesigned to match the new aircraft styled center console and gauge cluster first seen the previous year. Redesigned interior door panels were also new as well as an actual glove box was added in front of the passenger seat, replacing the map pockets of previous years.

Available options now included power door locks, a power antenna, dual rear speakers and a CB radio. The optional convenience group, introduced the previous year, now included intermittent (delay) wipers, floor mats, and the passenger side vanity mirror was an upgraded illuminated unit. The more desirable L82 engines were also now fitted with an aluminum intake manifold, which saved 24pounds compared to the cast iron unit of previous years. The Corvette converted to metric tires with the P225/70R15 as standard. Wider P255/60R15 tires were available as an option and required fender trimming from the factory for clearance. The fuel tank capacity increased from 17 to 24 gallons on all cars. To make room for the larger tank, a smaller (P195/80D15) space saverspare tirewas utilized.

Competition to this Corvette in 1978 included the Avanti II, Datsuns 280Z, Jaguars XJS, Mazdas RX7, MercedesBenzs 450SL and Porsches 911.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 39,215 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, actual mileage title. GET OUT AND DRIVE

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VIN: 1Z87L8S401032

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