1978 Chevrolet Corvette 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Edition High Performance
Engine Type : V8 5735 cc - 350.0 cu in. - 5.7 L.
185 HP at 4000 RPM
280 Ft-Lbs at 2400 RPM
Bore : 4.0 in - 102 mm.
Stroke : 3.5 in - 88 mm.
1978 was the Corvettes 25th anniversary, and in celebration and recognition, was offered the official Pace Car position of the Indianapolis 500. This was also the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Chevrolet produced two special edition Corvettes, one being a Pace Car appearance edition and the other a special silver anniversary paint package. The silver anniversary paint package was a 399.00 option of which 15,283 were produced. 6,502 Corvettes were Pace Car editions and delivered to showrooms, one for each Chevrolet dealership. The price of the Pace Car edition was 13,650.00 while the base model sold for 9,350.00. The L48 engine was standard with the L82 optional.
With the optional L82 205-hp engine, the Corvette could charge to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.
May 28, 1978 - Twenty-five years after its introduction to the American public, the Chevrolet Corvette was chosen to pace the Indy 500 for the first time. The car was provided with a unique black-and-silver two-tone paint scheme with colorful graphics added. Replica cars were identically painted, and proved to be high desirable, 6,502 replicas were ultimately sold.
The 1978 Chevrolet Corvette L82 finished in correct silver over leather Oyster interior was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island where it was expected to sell between 18,000.00-28,000.00. It was one of the few vehicles of the day to be offered without reserve. It is equipped with a 350 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine that produces 220 horsepower. It is matted to a four-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. There are four-wheel disc brakes on all four wheels.
In 1978 there were over 40,000 examples of the Corvette produced. 12,739 were outfitted with the L82 high output engine with 3,385 of those fitted with the Muncie four-speed gearbox. This vehicle is one of those 3,385. Its first owner ordered the car with power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, and the leather interior. At the conclusion of the sale the vehicle had found a new home at the selling price of 17,900.00.
Very few vehicles elicit the same kind of satisfaction as the Chevrolet Corvette. The Vette is a symbol of childhood dreams and grown up triumph. The only true American Sports car, this car stands for excellence and became an icon as a high-performance and dynamic sports vehicle.
First introduced in January of 1953, the Corvette has only become more renowned as the years drift by. Undergoing many changes and restyles as any other vehicle will over the years, the Corvette has experienced new engines, transmission, chassis, features, body colors and so much more. Starting with a 235 cu-in 6-cylinder engine, the Corvette has since switched to a V8 with a horsepower that is improving each year. Over the years, the Corvette has also been offered in different trim models, the hardtops, coupes, convertibles, ZR-1s and Z06. Several different special editions models were also featured over the years to mark Corvette\'s step up into a new generation. The Corvette was always a 2-seater vehicle, Chevy has always offered and included features and equipments that were sophisticated enough to please owners and buyers.
A sports car manufactured by Chevrolet, the Corvette was originally handbuilt in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri and is today built at a General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Bowling Green, Kentucky is also the home of the National Corvette Museum and annual National Corvette. The Corvette is the first all-American sports car built by an American car manufacturer.
For some time GM seriously considered deleting the Corvette, leaving it little more than a footnote in automotive history, but two important events halted this. The introduction of the first V8 engine from Chevrolet in 1955 and the influence of a Soviet émigré in the GM engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov. The new V8 was backed with a three-speed manual transmission, this was done by Arkus-Duntov, and became the single most important modification in the history of the car. This took the Corvette from a two seat vehicle to a genuine performer. For his role in the modification, Zora received the inaccurate nickname Father of the Corvette.
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