For Sale: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette in Cleveland, Ohio

$19,900 (OBO)

Vehicle Description

39,465 original miles. New paint, new upholstery, freshly serviced A/C system. C3 prices are on the move, this one is ready to drive and enjoy!

This is not a super-low-mile car that has been laid up its entire life and it’s not a high-mileage beater that’s been used up and thrown away. Instead, it’s got just 39,465 original miles, meaning it’s been a toy car its entire life, but not so much so that it never gets exercised. Two years ago, it was treated to a full respray in the original Silver over dark gray. The combination is quite appealing and highlights the C3’s beautifully sculpted shape, which, in 1978, had finally evolved to what Larry Shinoda later claimed was the design team’s original vision. This ‘Vette is shiny, clean, and well-assembled, far better than new and looking great in every way. It’s also got nice, shiny Anniversary emblems on the nose and fuel filler door, crossed-flag emblems on the fenders, and ‘corvette’ block letters on its tail.

You could get a number of different interior choices in your Anniversary Corvette, but the most tasteful and dramatic is the Oyster leather found in this car. Fresh reproduction seat covers were installed last year and look like new, while the rest of the interior components are original and in excellent condition. The deep, plush carpets help control noise and heat and the door panels show few signs of age aside from some light discoloration around the handles and switches. The leather-wrapped wheel is bright and clean, a rarity for a light-colored interior, and it sits atop a tilt steering column. Other options include power windows and locks, a fully rebuilt A/C system that blows ice cold, and the original AM/FM stereo radio in the dash. New floor mats protect the original carpets and there are fresh weather seals to help it close up tight. In back, the trunk is protected by a sliding cargo cover and still includes the original T-top bags, because you’re going to want to enjoy this ‘Vette alfresco.

Power comes from the original 350 cubic inch L48 engine, which runs superbly. Upgraded with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and long-tube headers, it’s a bit more robust than the original specs, and it starts easily with just a turn of the key. You can see a lot of new components under the hood, including the open-element air cleaner, chrome valve covers, and all the A/C components, including the compressor and lines. The ignition has been upgraded as well but still uses an HEI system and the brake master cylinder is recent. There’s a great V8 burble from the true dual exhaust system, which uses OEM-style mufflers for just the right sound. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply and with 3.08 gears in back, this is a superlative high-speed cruiser that will go cross-country without a second thought. You’ll note that the chassis is original and in good condition with no signs of rot and just the usual surface scale, and the suspension has been treated to fresh shocks all around, so it rides and handles properly. Bright, shiny factory alloy wheels show zero curb rash or corrosion and they’re wrapped in fat 255/60/15 Hoosier radials, which are “Built for Champions.”

Don’t look now, but the special C3 Corvettes are on the move. Like many other cars that were cheap for decades, these are suddenly very popular with collectors and good ones that you can drive and enjoy without worries aren’t so easy to find. This one is fully sorted and ready to enjoy with a great look that will get admiring glances everywhere you go. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-722040
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Gray, Silver
  • Interior Color:Unspecified
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:39465
  • Stock Number:112058
  • Trim Level:Anniversar
  • VIN:1Z87L8S429801
  • Title Status:Clear
  • TTop:Yes
  • Restoration History:PartiallyRestored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Tinted Windows:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Locks:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Tilt Wheel:Yes
  • Electronic Ignition:Yes
  • Drive Train:RearWheelDr