FACTS BY YEAR
1978 CORVETTE / GENERATION C3
1978 was another benchmark year for Corvette. It marked the 25th anniversary of ‘America’s Only True Sports Car.' The ‘78 model was the first major re-styled Corvette in ten years. New tinted glass lift-out roof panels (‘T-Top’) were wired into the standard anti-theft system. Offerings included the optional L82 high performance 350-cid V-8 which reached 220 hp. Other options included a choice of 8-track tape player or built-in CB radio!
A Limited Edition Pace Car, acquired in 2006. It has less than 20,000 miles. The Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica was created by GM to commemorate the selection of Corvette as the official pace car for the 62nd Indianapolis 500 race on May 28, 1978... the first time Corvette was ever accorded that honor.
Though more than 40,000 Corvettes were produced in 1978, only 6,502 were produced as Limited Edition Pace Cars... one for each Chevy dealership in the U.S. at that time. While it increased the sticker price by more than $4,000 over the standard ‘78 Vette, demand was high with some paying twice full sticker to acquire one. Of those 6,502 Pace Cars produced, only 202 were equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission. This car is one of those. It is also equipped with the L-82 high-performance engine.
1978 CORVETTE TRIVIA:
The Silver Anniversary Paint Package and the Pace Car package were produced in celebration of Corvette’s 25th Anniversary.
1978 was the first to have a fastback rear window.
"Moon-roofs" (glass t-tops) became available.
The additional cost for the Silver Anniversary paint scheme was $399.00.
The '78 Pace Car's distinguishing "Black and Silver" paint was chosen because it photographed well, both in color and black & white.