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For Sale: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette in Cincinnati, Ohio


Vehicle Description


Please call Matt directly at 513-708-1468 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this numbers matching 1978 Corvette Pace Car Edition in beautiful condition with the high performance L82 engine and only 27,320 original miles. According to the previous owner this Corvette spent the vast majority of its life in New Mexico in a moderate and dry climate. The car has nice lines and is totally solid with no rust issues. This Corvette looks great, runs well, and is an awesome driver. The Pace Car and special edition Corvettes draw a great premium over their standard Corvette counterparts.

Beside the high performance L82 engine and Pace Car package this Corvette is loaded with highly desirable options such as glass roof panels, YJ8 aluminum wheel with the correct red stripe for a Pace Car, AM-FM Stereo with 8-track, and much more. This is an excellent opportunity to own a very rare and classic Corvette that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come as the market on C3 Corvettes is very hot right now and on the rise, especially for the Pace Car Editions and well optioned examples like this car. Please peruse all of the photos, the extensive list of numbers, video, and other information in this ad to get a true sense of how nice and clean this Corvette really is.

This Corvette is verified as an original authentic Pace Car Edition by the special VIN sequence, separate from normal Corvettes of the year. The difference is in the eighth digit of the VIN. Only Pace Cars have a "9" in that position while all other Corvettes have a "4." The car is also verified as a real Pace Car by the trim tag, pictured in this ad, showing the correct 2-tone paint and Pace Car specific interior codes. The car is verified as an original and authentic L82 by the fifth digit of the VIN. Only the L82 Corvettes with have a "4" in this spot like this car does, a base motor L48 car will always have an "L" in the fifth digit of the VIN.

This Corvette is "Numbers Matching." The last six digits of the VIN are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured.

As a side note, this Pace Car Edition Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

Model Description

1978 was a very special year for the third generation Corvette. It not only marked the 25th anniversary for the model, but also the first time that a Corvette made laps at the Indy 500 as an official pace car. 1978 saw the most extensive redesign of the car since the body style was introduced. The new design featured "fastback" rear end styling with a large rear window that drastically increased luggage space. The updates also included a newly designed interior with all new gauges, the addition of an actual glove box, and all new door panels.

To celebrate the Indy 500 Chevrolet built a series of pace car replicas. Chevrolet was extremely proud of the fact that as a pace car the Corvette was the first car to use a completely stock drive train, the first to be built from a one piece fiberglass body and the only pure two seater since before World War II. These pace car replicas had their own Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), separate from the standard Corvette, another first for Corvette. As well as having their own identification, the pace car replicas had their own paint scheme which consisted of a two tone paint with a red stripe and optional decals. The extremely high demand for the pace car continually increased the quantity produced and in the end Chevrolet decided to build one for every Corvette dealer, a total of 6,502.


The two-tone black and silver exterior is in nice driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a great gloss and deep shine. Often Corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not and even the original low front spoiler is in good shape. The factory Pace Car Edition aluminum wheels are in fantastic condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The BF Goodrich Radial TA tires have plenty of tread left and are correctly sized 255/60R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There some small blemishes around the car that were too faint to show up in the photos, but nothing that is very noticeable from five or ten feet back. The Pace Car Edition graphics and stripes look great. Both doors open and shut fine, but the car has brand new weather-stripping so the door can take a bit of effort to close until the weather-stripping compresses. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very clean and this Corvette has absolutely NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield, which are the two most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust to show how nice this car looks.

Please note that when a Pace Car Edition Corvette left the factory they did not have the large "Official Pace Car" decals on the door, they were put in the back of the car. The customer who ordered the car new could have the dealer install the decals on the door or leave them off. That is the same situation with this Pace Car. The decals for the doors are with the car and will be sold with the car. If the future owner would like the decals installed on the doors we would be happy to have them installed before the car is delivered, otherwise we will leave the decals in the back of the car.

Window Date Codes

Please note that almost all of the glass on this Corvette is date coded and original as the windows predate the car's body build date of April 13, 1978 (H13). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


The special Silver interior of the Corvette, which was an exclusive color for the Pace Car Edition, is in wonderful condition. The seats look just in person as they do in the photos with no holes, split seams, or excessive wear. The driver's seat is not worn in the typical area on the bolster where the driver gets in and out. The carpet is also in great condition with no stains, rips, or holes. This includes the rear carpet which is often neglected. The dash and console look awesome with no cracks. The door panels are in great shape overall. The door pulls are solid and intact. The jack and jack handle are still with the car, stored correctly behind the passenger seat. The original spare is still with the car. This Pace Car has never been smoked in; there are no burns marks and no aroma of cigarettes at all.

Corvette interiors from this era are not known to wear well and the excellent c...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1978 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID:CC-1460078
  • Price:$19,900
  • Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Black (19) over Silver (47)
  • Interior Color:Silver Leather (152)
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:27320
  • Stock Number:900904
  • VIN:1Z8748S903544