Black/Silver w/Silver interior, L82 350/220hp automatic transmission.
880 actual miles!! After close inspection, this Pace Car is what it is claimed to be. Has original window sticker, build sheet and manual.
EXTERIOR: It looks like one of the best preserved originals I’ve seen. Even with low miles I have seen them with damage, cracks and touch ups. Stand next to this car, the paint looks new. GM did a fantastic job picking the color combination, the Black/Silver with Red accents is awesome. The owner of this car also chose the optional pace car decals. The wheels are still bright. Actually the tires are the originals! The glass tops are excellent. The decals and stripes are in mint condition, not nicked up. Glass is crystal clear, rubber is still soft.
INTERIOR: It looks like the cockpit of a spaceship! The light color carpet is prone to staining but it’s in excellent shape. The vents, knobs, console are all excellent. The ashtray still shines. Leather grip steering wheel is pristine. Inside this car looks practically new, it’s really nice. Has the t-top bags, jack is stowed in its compartment.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Optional L-82 performance engine, added a hefty $550. Very well preserved original. We made sure not to spray paint anything. It is as it left the factory: Has smog pump, proper air ducts and tubes, finned valve covers.
UNDERSIDE: Just like the engine compartment we left it original. There are still assembly line crayon markings and tags.
FUNCTION: To my pleasant surprise this car functions like new. Everything still works except the clock. (Actually the clock is right twice a day!). Air blows cold, brake pedal is firm, lights open, power antenna works.
HISTORY: In 1978 the Corvette Special Edition was honored at the Indy 500 as the Pace Car. Only 1 per dealer were offered to the public. There was a buyer’s frenzy. While the standard Corvette sold for around $9,500, the Pace Car’s list price was 47% higher at $13,653. But guess what, these cars were selling at way over sticker price! Even as high as $50,000! Dealers found themselves in court because they didn’t want to honor contracts at sticker price when they could sell them for double. These cars were so highly collectible that some people tucked them away. That is why this car is in such great shape. It was intentionally, carefully put away for future investment.