This car is considered the defining line where the C3 Corvette was
no longer just seen as a sports car, and people began to see them
for the collector's pieces they are today. This 1978 Chevrolet
Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car edition is a numbers-matching
L82 car with low miles, is highly documented, and has some nicely
well-preserved original accessories.
RPO Z78 radically transformed the Corvette's looks, adding the two-tone black over silver metallic paint job with a bright red pinstripe in between. Then a spoiler was added at each end to really give it an aggressive look. This was such a unique appearance for the Corvette that we're happy to see it looking so well presented on this coupe. The official pace car deals were so well coordinated, that many of these special editions wear them quite proudly, but this one has a cool secret. It has actually never had its original decals placed on the car. You'll see in the pictures that the factory-issued pace car graphics have been preserved and come with the sale. The ones you see on the car today are part of a reproduction that were added when the coupe was given a original-spec respray (that's also why the shine continues to look amazing today.) The final piece to this package are the 15-inch alloy wheels that come with the same red stripe, dividing the silver wheels and black tires as it does on the paintwork � what a cool touch, right?
The silver leather interior is perfect for the special edition car, and it's one of the truly unique elements of a late C3s. This car has only averaged about 1,600 miles per year, and the low mileage has equated to little seat time. But it's not just the leather buckets that are in stellar condition. The carpets, door panels, and dashboard have all been treated with respect over the years. Pace cars came loaded with just about every option Chevy could throw at a Corvette, including glass T-tops, full gauge package, power windows, AM/FM stereo, electric rear defogger, sport mirrors, power door locks, factory A/C, and a special 25th anniversary leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel. This one is so 1978 authentic, you even get a CB radio!
The engine is the optional (and numbers-matching) L82 350 cubic-inch V8. This higher compression motor was a must-have for the performance fans in 1978 because it offered 17% more horsepower than the standard Corvette V8. It starts quickly and idles easily with a nice V8 burble out of the dual exhaust that never gets old. It will be a hit at the car shows simply because Corvette people love seeing an original-looking engine bay that's so clean you could serve lunch on the factory air cleaner. You'll have no worries taking this to any of the events no matter how far away. After all, Corvettes are good for speed, but this one is a nice car for the long trips, too. That's thanks to features like the TH350 three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, cruise control, and four-wheel disc brakes.
You'll understand the level of care on this low mileage Corvette just by the amount of documentation that's included. This includes the factory build sheet, original bill of sale, maintenance records, and much more. A pace car silver anniversary Corvette is always in-demand. So when you see one that's this well sorted and affordable you know it's an irresistible deal. Call today!!!