27,357 original miles. NCRS Top Flite, AACA National First and Grand National First Prizes, Bloomington Gold Certified. L48/auto, matching-numbers, beautiful survivor in exceptional condition.
This Pace Car is almost completely original and shows just 27,357 original miles, so it’s been driven, but not much and certainly very gently. It is an early production car, #390 out of the 6502 built, and it wears its original paint and original decals, which is a bit of an achievement. The finish is very good, certainly better than you’d expect for a car approaching its fortieth birthday, and it shines up beautifully to really show off the contrast between the black and silverThere’s some checking on the hood decals, which obviously see a lot of heat, but the balance of the decals are bright, crisp, and beautifully rendered.
The silver leather interior is admittedly pretty Buck Rogers, but remember it was 1978 after all. The leather is in excellent condition with only modest comfort marks on the seating surfaces. The carpets are also original and show some light discoloration that’s probably inevitable after nearly four decades, and it’s worth noting that it carries replacement floor mats but the originals are included with the car. The Pace Cars came loaded with options, and this is no exception, with features including A/C, power windows and locks, a remote mirror, tilt steering column, and an AM/FM/8-track stereo radio, all of which are fully operational. The gauges spring to life when you turn the key and the clock has been converted to quartz movement, so it keeps good time and ticks away pleasantly. The cargo compartment is almost like new and the new fastback roofline offers decent luggage capacity for touring.
This car carries its original, numbers-matching L48 350 cubic inch V8, which was the base engine. The engine was pulled and the engine bay was detailed for show, but the engine has never been opened beyond replacing a few gaskets before it went back in. The single snorkel air cleaner is an easy way to spot the L48, and all the little stuff is exactly the way it was when it was new. Note the shielding over the ignition system, the correct tower hose clamps, and even the proper plastic zip tie holding the flexible intake tube to the air cleaner housing. Finishes, fasteners, and colors are all exact, which is why this car has won all those prizes. It also runs great, starting almost instantly, idling smoothly, and driving properly as only a low-mileage car can. To reach our facility, the car was driven more than 150 miles without incident, and it’s the kind of machine that’s ideal for a long-range cruise to one of the big Corvette rallies across the country. Get in and cruise, that’s what this car is all about.
The transmission is a tried-and-true TH350, perhaps the most reliable 3-speed automatic gearbox ever built. Out back, this Corvette also features 3.08 gears, which are great for highway economy and the torquey L48 doesn’t seem to mind, giving the car a real aggressive feel at any speed. Legend has it that the C3 was a rattle trap that would knock the fillings out of your teeth, be that couldn’t be further from the truth here, because this car is tight, quiet, smooth, and rides rather well, all indicative of a low-mileage car that’s led an exemplary life as a permanent collectable, not a commuter car. The suspension, brakes, and fuel system are all original spec and in excellent condition with proper maintenance, helping with that “new car feel.” Shiny aluminum wheels were a great addition to the lineup and the red stripe around the perimeter is unique to the Pace Cars, giving them a unique look. These are reproductions wearing 255/60/15 Goodyear Eagle radials, but the original wheels and tires are included with the car for competition purposes at the highest levels.
This car also includes three 25th Anniversary suitcases that are incredibly rare today, as well as an original owner’s manual, a build sheet, and a copy of the 2000 calendar for which it was the cover vehicle (not that you can tell, they all look the same anyway).
Awards include NCRS Top Flite, Bloomington Gold Certified, AACA National First and Grand National First prizes, and was invited to be a part of the Corvettes at Carlisle display showcasing 1978-1979 Corvettes. It is listed in the Corvette Pace Car Registry and has actually turned a wheel at the Watkins Glen race track. It’s quite likely one of the nicest Pace Cars you’ll ever see.
We’ll admit that this car has grown on us. Yes, there are quite a few of them for sale and you have many choices at many levels if you really want to own one. But this one is incredibly clean, totally sorted, beautifully preserved, and nicely documented. It comes with a lot of nice spiffs and with only two owners, including the most recent owner who bought it in 1993, there are no skeletons in its closet. We would argue that if you’re going to own a car from the 1970s, there are few better choices than this. Call today!
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